Senator Natasha Stott Despoja

Natasha Stott Despoja

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Senator for South Australia

Party
Australian Democrats
Chamber
Senate

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Biography

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Parliamentary service

  • Chosen by the Parliament of South Australia on 29.11.1995 under section 15 of the Constitution to represent that State in the Senate, vice JR Coulter (resigned) (term ended 30.6.1996). Elected 1996 (term began 1.7.1996) and 2001. Retired prior to general elections 2007 (term ended 30.6.2008).

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Committee service

  • Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Employment, Education and Training: Legislation and References Committees from 1.7.96 to 9.11.98; Employment, Workplace Relations, Small Business and Education: Legislation and References Committees from 24.11.98 to 11.2.02; Employment, Workplace Relations and Education: Legislation and References Committees from 13.2.02 to 11.9.06; Employment, Workplace Relations and Education from 11.9.06 to 11.2.08; Education, Employment and Workplace Relations from 13.2.08 to 30.6.08; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: References Committee from 1.7.96 to 15.10.96 and from 23.6.05 to 11.9.06 and Legislation Committee from 7.9.05 to 11.9.06; Legal and Constitutional: References and Legislation Committees from 2.3.98 to 9.8.99; Community Affairs: Legislation Committee from 17.9.02 to 18.11.02.
  • Senate Select: Community Standards Relevant to the Supply of Services Utilising Electronic Technologies from 15.10.96 to 26.6.97; Information Technologies from 4.9.97 to 9.11.98 and from 31.3.99 to 7.12.00; Lucas Heights Reactor from 28.8.00 to 5.10.00 and from 2.11.00 to 24.5.01.
  • Joint Statutory: National Crime Authority from 1.7.96 to 19.6.00.
  • Joint Standing: Migration from 31.5.96 to 30.10.97; National Capital and External Territories from 31.5.96 to 1.7.96 and from 18.11.02 to 16.6.08; Treaties from 20.10.99 to 7.3.00 and from 18.11.02 to 5.12.02; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 18.11.02 to 30.6.08.
  • Joint Select: Republic Referendum from 21.6.99 to 9.8.99.

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Conferences, delegations and visits

  • Parliamentary Delegate to the Australian Constitutional Convention, February 1998.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to UK and Germany, June 1998.
  • World Vision Delegate to Albania, April 1999.
  • Speaker, Visions for the Future, Global Forum of Women Political Leaders, Manila, Philippines, January 2000.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the European Institutions, Strasbourg, Belgium and Luxembourg, June 2000.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Nigeria and South Africa, October-November 2002.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Samoa, December 2002.
  • Australian Observer, Cambodian National Assembly Elections, July 2003.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia, November 2003.
  • Member, Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Delegations to Indonesia, February 2004 and March-April 2004.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to New Zealand, May 2005.

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Parliamentary party positions

  • Deputy Leader of the Australian Democrats from 5.12.97 to 6.4.01.
  • Leader of the Australian Democrats from 6.4.01 to 21.8.02.
  • Spokesperson for Australian Democrats on Electoral Matters; Higher Education, Employment and Training; Housing; Transport; Young Australians from 7.12.95 to 30.6.96; Education (Higher Education and Vocational Education); Employment and Training; Immigration and Multicultural Affairs; Science and Technology; Youth Affairs from 1.7.96 to 25.2.97; Higher Education and Training; Consumer Affairs; Immigration and Multicultural Affairs; Youth Affairs; Science and Technology from 25.2.97 to 20.10.97; Consumer Affairs; Employment; Higher Education (including Vocational Education and Training); Science and Technology; Youth Affairs (including social security issues) from 20.10.97 to 12.12.97; on Attorney-General and Justice; Constitutional Convention; Employment; Higher Education; Science and Information Technology; Youth Affairs; Consumer Affairs from 12.12.97 to 1.1.99; on Attorney-General and Justice; Consumer Affairs; Employment; Employment Services; Higher Education; Information Technology/Information Economy; The Republic; Science; Trade; Training; Youth Affairs from 1.1.99 to 1.7.99; on Consumer Affairs; Employment; Higher Education; Science and Information Technology; Trade; Training; Youth Affairs from 1.7.99 to 11.10.99; on Consumer Affairs; Employment and Employment Services; Higher Education; Information Technology and Information Economy; Republic (until November 1999); Science; Trade; Training; Youth Affairs from 11.10.99 to 14.2.01; on Consumer Affairs (including Privacy); Employment and Employment Services; Higher Education; Information Technology and Economy; Republic; Science and Biotechnology; Trade; Training; Youth Affairs from 14.2.01 to 14.4.01; Higher Education; Prime Minister and Cabinet; Republic; Science and Biotechnology; Status of Women; Treasury from 14.4.01 to 1.7.02; Foreign Affairs; Higher Education; Prime Minister and Cabinet; Republic; Science and Biotechnology; Status of Women; Treasury from 1.7.02 to 24.10.02; Foreign Affairs; Higher Education; Republic; Science and Biotechnology; Status of Women; Territories and Local Government; Work and Family from 24.10.02 to 1.7.05; and Privacy from 2.4.04 to 1.7.05; Attorney-General (including Privacy); Foreign Affairs; Science, Research and Higher Education; Women (Work and Family) from 1.7.05 to 30.6.08.

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Party positions

  • Representative, Australian Democrats State Council (SA).
  • Office bearer, Young Democrats from 1993.

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Personal

  • Born 9.9.1969, Adelaide, SA.
  • Married.

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Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament

  • BA (Adel).
  • Shop assistant 1988-91.
  • President, Adelaide University Students' Association 1991.
  • Political adviser/researcher 1991-95.
  • South Australian Suffrage Centenary Committee 1992-94.
  • Community radio producer and freelance writer 1995.

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Publications

  • Giving Generously (ed. J Scutt), Melbourne: Artemis, 1996.
  • DIY Feminism (ed. K Bail), Sydney: Allen and Unwin, 1996.
  • Saving our ABC - the case for maintaining Australia's national broadcaster (chapter, ed. M Fraser and J O'Reilly), South Melbourne: Hyland House, 1996.
  • The Australian political system (contribution, ed. D Lovell, I McAllister, W Maley and C Kukathas), Melbourne: Addison Wesley Longman, 1998.
  • Girls' talk: young women speak their hearts and minds (ed. M Pallotta-Chiarolli), Lane Cove, NSW: Finch Publishing, 1998.
  • What women want (ed. J Frank), Milsons Point, NSW: Random House, 2002.
  • Time for change: Australia in the 21st century (ed. T Wright), Prahran, Vic.: Hardie Grant, 2006.

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