Former Senator Penny Wright

Former Senator

Party
Australian Greens
Chamber
Senate

Seating Plan

Seating map

Parliament Office

PO Box 6100
Senate
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Telephone:
(02) 6277 3626
Fax:
(02) 6277 5992

Electorate Office

Principal Office

Level 3
27 Leigh Street
Adelaide, SA, 5000

Postal address

PO Box 8117
Station Arcade, Adelaide, SA, 5000

Telephone:
(08) 8410 4588
Fax:
(08) 8410 4599

Connect with Former Senator Penny Wright

Email
senator.wright@aph.gov.au
Social media

Websites
Party website

Alternative URL

http://www.aph.gov.au/Senator_Wright

Biography

Parliamentary service
  • Elected to the Senate for South Australia 2010 (term began 1.7.2011). Resigned 10.9.15.
Committee service
  • Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Legal and Constitutional Affairs: Legislation and References Committees from 5.7.11 to 24.6.15 (Chair of References from 2.12.13 to 24.6.15).
  • Senate Select: School Funding from 12.12.13 to 9.7.14.
  • Joint Statutory: Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity from 4.7.11 to 22.3.12; Law Enforcement from 4.7.11 to 9.5.12; Human Rights from 22.3.12 to 10.9.15.
Parliamentary party positions
  • Australian Greens portfolios: Attorney-General (excluding National Security), Native Title, Veterans' Affairs, Social Inclusion, Mental Health, Heritage from 1.7.11 to 1.7.12.
  • Attorney-General (excluding National Security), Mental Health, Schools and Education, Social Inclusion, Veterans' Affairs from 1.7.12 to 11.11.13.
  • Attorney-General, Schools, Veterans' Affairs, Mental Health, Employment and Workplace Relations (Senate) from 11.11.13 to 1.7.14.
  • Attorney-General, Mental Health, Schools from 1.7.14 to 25.5.15.
  • Attorney-General, Schools, Mental Health from 25.5.15 to 10.9.15.
Party positions
  • Member, Australian Greens from 1995.
  • Delegate, Australian Greens State Council (SA) 2008-10.
  • Member, Grievance Committee 2008-10.
  • Branch Convener, Inner Southern Greens 2009-10.
Personal
  • Born 19.1.1961, Red Cliffs, Vic.
  • Married.
Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
  • BA, LLB (Melb.), GradDipEnvStudies (Adel).
  • Solicitor, Ballarat 1984-86.
  • Solicitor, Tenants' Union of Victoria 1986-88.
  • University lecturer, Flinders University 1994-98.
  • Member, Residential Tenancies Tribunal 1993-2003.
  • Deputy President, Guardianship Board 1996-2010.
  • Conciliator and investigating solicitor, Legal Practitioners Conduct Board 2003-06.
  • Member, Social Security Appeals Tribunal 2006-07.
  • Family mediator 2007-10.