Senator Andrew Murray

Andrew Murray

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Senator for Western Australia

Party
Australian Democrats
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) and 2001. Retired prior to general elections 2007 (term ended 30.6.2008).

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Parliamentary positions

  • Temporary Chair of Committees from 9.8.05 to 30.6.08.

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Committee service

  • Senate Standing: Scrutiny of Bills from 1.7.96 to 30.6.08; Appropriations and Staffing from 14.2.08 to 30.6.08.
  • Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Economics: Legislation Committee from 1.7.96 to 11.9.06 and References Committee from 1.7.96 to 30.9.99 and from 23.6.05 to 11.9.06; Economics from 11.9.06 to 30.6.08; Finance and Public Administration: Legislation Committee from 1.7.96 to 11.9.06 and References Committee from 1.7.96 to 30.9.99 and from 23.6.05 to 11.9.06; Finance and Public Administration from 11.9.06 to 30.6.08; Legal and Constitutional: Legislation Committee from 3.3.97 to 2.3.98 and References Committee from 27.6.97 to 2.3.98; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: References Committee from 23.6.05 to 11.9.06; Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: References Committee from 23.6.05 to 7.11.05.
  • Senate Select: Socio-Economic Consequences of the National Competition Policy from 8.7.98 to 17.2.00; New Tax System from 26.11.98 to 30.4.99.
  • Joint Statutory: Corporations and Securities from 1.7.96 to 11.2.02; Corporations and Financial Services from 14.2.02 to 30.6.08; Public Accounts and Audit from 1.1.98 to 30.6.08.
  • Joint Standing: Electoral Matters from 6.2.97 to 17.10.07.
  • Joint Select: Retailing Sector from 10.12.98 to 30.8.99.

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Conferences, delegations and visits

  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Switzerland, June 1999.
  • Member, Official Australian Observer Mission to the Zimbabwe Elections, June 2000.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Ireland and China, July 2000.
  • Member, Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing Committee on Community Affairs visit to UK and Canada, April 2001.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to France, Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands, April-May 2004.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Denmark and Sweden, October 2005.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Malta and Spain, April 2007.

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Parliamentary party positions

  • Spokesperson for Australian Democrats on Communications (excluding Broadcasting); Industry, Transport and Regional Development; Accountability; Small Business and Commerce; Tourism from 1.7.96 to 25.2.97; Industrial Relations; Attorney-General and Justice; Accountability; Industry; Transport; Regional Development; Small Business; Tourism from 25.2.97 to 20.10.97; Accountability; Attorney-General and Justice (excluding Human Rights); Electoral Matters; Industrial Relations; Industry; Small Business; Treasury and Finance from 20.10.97 to 12.12.97; Accountability; Finance and Taxation; Industrial Relations; Industry; Customs; Small Business; Electoral Matters from 12.12.97 to 1.1.99; Accountability; Business and Corporate Affairs; Customs; Finance and Administration; Financial Services and Regulation; Industry; Small Business; Workplace Relations from 1.1.99 to 1.7.99; Accountability; Business and Corporate Affairs; Customs; Small Business; Workplace Relations from 1.7.99 to 14.2.01; Accountability; Business and Corporate Affairs; Customs; Finance and Administration; Small Business; Tax Reform; Workplace Relations from 14.2.01 to 14.4.01; Accountability; Business and Corporate Affairs; Customs; Electoral Matters; Finance and Administration; Small Business; Taxation; Workplace Relations from 14.4.01 to 1.7.02; Accountability; Business and Corporate Affairs; Customs; Electoral Matters; Finance and Administration; Small Business; Special Minister of State; Taxation; Workplace Relations from 1.7.02 to 28.7.02 and from 12.8.02 to 24.10.02; Accountability; Customs; Electoral Matters and Public Administration; Public Service; Taxation, Finance and Corporate Affairs; Workplace Relations from 24.10.02 to 1.7.05; Accountability; Electoral Matters; Taxation, Finance and Corporate Affairs; Workplace Relations from 1.7.05 to 30.6.08.

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Party positions

  • Member, Australian Democrats from 1994.
  • Deputy Convener, Australian Democrats (WA) 1994-96.
  • Campaign Manager, Australian Democrats (WA) 1995-98.

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Personal

  • Born 29.1.1947, Hove, UK.
  • Migrated to Australia 1989.
  • Married.

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Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament

  • BA(Hons)(Rhodes), MA (Oxon).
  • Rhodes Scholar 1971.
  • Businessman 1973-96.

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Military Service

  • Territorial Member, Rhodesian Air Force 1969-77.

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Publications

  • A conspiracy of giants: the South African liquor industry (with M Fridjhon), South Africa: Divaris Stein, 1986.
  • Leases, landlords and tenants, West Perth, WA: A Murray, 1997.
  • 'Using the Popular Vote to Decide National Questions', in Trusting the people: an elected President for an Australian republic, introduced by Andrew Murray, Design by Design Practitioners, Perth, 2001.
  • Review of Operation Sunlight: Overhauling budgetary transparency [Report to the Government], Canberra: A Murray, 2008.

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