Senator Mark Bishop

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Senator for Western Australia

Party
Australian Labor Party
Chamber
Senate

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Biography

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Parliamentary service

  • Elected to the Senate for Western Australia, 1996 (term began 1.7.1996), 2001 and 2007.

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Parliamentary positions

  • Temporary Chair of Committees from 12.2.08.

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Committee service

  • Senate Standing: Publications from 24.11.98 to 1.7.02; Scrutiny of Bills from 14.2.08 to 11.11.13; Senators' Interests from 12.11.13.
  • Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Economics: References Committee from 1.7.96 to 11.9.06 and from 1.7.11 and Legislation Committee from 4.9.97 to 9.11.98, from 1.7.11 to 11.11.13 and from 11.2.14; Economics from 12.2.08 to 30.6.08; Finance and Public Administration: Legislation Committee from 11.9.96 to 9.10.96 and References Committee from 17.10.96 to 4.12.96; Community Affairs: References Committee from 13.5.97 (Chair from 14.5.97) to 9.11.98 and Legislation Committee from 13.2.02 to 1.7.02; Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts: Legislation Committee from 24.11.98 to 11.2.02 and References Committees from 24.11.98 to 11.2.02 and from 18.11.04 to 1.7.05; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: References Committee from 1.7.02 to 19.8.02, from 6.10.05 to 11.9.06 and from 14.5.09 to 11.11.13 and Legislation Committee from 6.10.05 to 11.9.06 and from 14.5.09 to 11.11.13; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 11.9.06 (Chair from 14.2.08) to 14.5.09.
  • Senate Select: Uranium Mining and Milling from 1.7.96 to 15.5.97; Information Technologies from 31.3.99 to 7.12.00.
  • Joint Statutory: Public Accounts and Audit from 10.5.06 to 5.8.13; Australian Crime Commission from 27.3.07 to 11.2.08; Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity from 29.3.07 to 11.2.08; Public Works from 14.2.08 to 24.6.09; Intelligence and Security from 1.7.11.
  • Joint Standing: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 1.7.02 to 19.8.02 and from 14.2.08.

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Conferences, delegations and visits

  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to UK and Belgium, November 2009.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to South Africa, Zimbabwe, Ghana and Ethiopia, April 2011.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to UK, Spain, Germany and USA, April-May 2012.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Canada, May 2012.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the AIPO General Assembly, Nusa Dua, Bali, and bilateral visits to Thailand and Laos, September 1997.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the 45th CPA Conference, Trinidad and Tobago, September 1999.
  • Study tour, China and North Korea, April-May 2000; USA, July 2000.
  • Parliamentary Delegation to 60th Anniversary of the Fall of Singapore, February 2002.
  • Parliamentary Delegation to 60th Anniversary of the Battle of the Kokoda Track, Papua New Guinea, August 2002.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Papua New Guinea, October-November 2002.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Cambodia, July 2003.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, September-October 2003.
  • Official visits to UK, November 2003; Turkey, April 2004 and April 2005.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Republic of Korea and USA, September 2006.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Chile and Peru, November 2006.

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Parliamentary party positions

  • Parliamentary Secretary representing the Shadow Minister for Communications in the Senate from 20.10.98 to 25.11.01.
  • Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 22.11.01 to 10.12.06. Shadow Minister for Veterans' Affairs from 25.11.01 to 24.6.05; and Customs from 2.7.03 to 26.10.04; Shadow Minister for Defence Industry, Procurement and Personnel from 24.6.05 to 10.12.06.

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Party positions

  • Member, ALP Administrative Committee 1984-86.
  • Delegate, ALP National Conference from 1985.
  • Delegate, ALP National Executive from 1992.

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Personal

  • Born 29.6.1954, Adelaide, SA.
  • Married.

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Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament

  • LLB (Adel), MPubAdmin (Harvard).
  • Industrial officer 1979-84.
  • Union secretary 1984-96.

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