Former Senator the Hon. Chris Schacht

Chris Schacht

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Former Senator for South Australia

Australian Labor Party

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Parliamentary service

  • Elected to the Senate for South Australia 1987 (term deemed to have begun 1.7.1987), 1990 and 1996. Defeated at general elections 2001 (term expired 30.6.2002).

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Ministerial appointments

  • Minister for Science and Small Business from 24.3.93 to 25.3.94.
  • Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Science from 24.3.93 to 25.3.94.
  • Minister for Small Business, Customs and Construction from 25.3.94 to 11.3.96.

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Committee service

  • Senate Standing: Appropriations and Staffing from 24.11.98 to 30.6.02.
  • Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 24.9.87 to 24.8.90; Transport, Communications and Infrastructure from 24.9.87 to 18.5.93; Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 24.9.87 to 18.5.93; Environment, Recreation, Communications and the Arts: Legislation and References Committees from 2.5.96 to 9.11.98; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: Legislation Committee from 24.11.98 to 11.2.02; Economics: Legislation Committee from 13.2.02 to 30.6.02; Finance and Public Administration: References Committee from 13.2.02 to 30.6.02.
  • Participating member, Economics: Legislation Committee from 2.5.96 to 11.2.02 and References Committee from 20.5.96 to 9.11.98; Participating member, Finance and Public Administration: Legislation Committee from 2.5.96 to 9.11.98; Participating member, Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: Legislation and References Committee from 2.5.96 to 9.11.98; Participating member, Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: Legislation Committee from 2.5.96 to 11.2.02; Participating member, Community Affairs: Legislation Committee from 2.12.98 to 30.6.02; Participating member, Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts: Legislation Committee from 2.12.98 to 11.2.02 and References Committee from 18.10.99 to 11.2.02; Participating member, Employment, Workplace Relations, Small Business and Education: Legislation Committee from 8.12.98 to 11.2.02.
  • Senate Select: Certain Aspects of the Airline Pilots' Dispute from 25.10.89 to 27.2.90; Community Standards Relevant to the Supply of Services Utilising Telecommunications Technologies from 14.8.91 to 23.6.92; Political Broadcasts and Political Disclosures Bill from 16.8.91 (Chair from 22.8.91) to 28.11.91; Subscription Television Broadcasting Services from 26.6.92 to 16.9.92.
  • Senate Estimates: B from 24.9.87 to 29.9.88 and from 9.3.89 to 6.5.93.
  • Joint Statutory: Public Accounts from 14.5.90 to 24.8.90.
  • Joint: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 9.10.87 (Chair from 17.5.90) to 8.2.93 and from 31.5.96 to 30.6.02.
  • Joint Standing: New Parliament House from 24.9.87 to 19.2.90; Electoral Matters from 21.10.87 to 19.2.90; Treaties from 8.12.98 to 30.6.02.
  • Joint Select: Retailing Sector from 15.2.99 to 30.8.99; Republic Referendum from 21.6.99 to 8.9.99.

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Conferences, delegations and visits

  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Vietnam and Indonesia, January-February 1989.
  • Member, Parliamentary Exchange Visit to New Zealand, April 1989.
  • Leader, Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade (Defence Sub-Committee) visit to Noumea, New Caledonia, April 1989.
  • Member, Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade visit to Papua New Guinea, February-March 1991.
  • Official visits to South Africa, February 1991; Cambodia, July 1992; Japan, July 1992; Belgium, November 1992; Eritrea, May 1993; Germany and Japan, October 1993; Laos, June-July 1994; New Zealand, July 1994; Japan, India and Vietnam, October-November 1994; Japan, China, Vietnam and Philippines, June-July 1995; China, September 1995; Belgium, November 1998.
  • Leader, Human Rights Delegations to China, July 1991 and November 1992.
  • Leader, Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade study tour of Indonesia, October 1992.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Singapore and Malaysia, March 1999.
  • Study tour, Greece, Macedonia, Egypt, UK and Turkey, April 1999.
  • Member, Joint Standing Committee on Treaties visit to New Zealand, March 2000.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Hungary and Poland, October 2000.
  • Study tour, Europe, October-November 2000.
  • Official visit to the Republic of Korea to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Korean War, April 2001.
  • Official visit to Crete and Greece to attend the 60th Anniversary of Commemorations of the Battles of Crete and Greece, May 2001.

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Parliamentary party positions

  • Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 19.3.96 to 22.11.01. Shadow Minister for Communications from 20.3.96 to 20.10.98; Shadow Minister for Veterans' Affairs from 20.10.98 to 22.11.01.

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Party positions

  • State Secretary, ALP (SA) 1979-87.
  • State Organiser, ALP (SA) 1975-79.
  • Member, ALP National Executive 1979-87.
  • Delegate, ALP National Conference 1982 and 1984.
  • National Junior Vice-President 1983-86.
  • Member, ALP National Executive Foreign Affairs and Defence Platform Committee 1983-87.

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  • Born 6.12.46, Melbourne, Vic.
  • Married.

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Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament

  • DipT (Primary) (Adelaide University & Wattle Park Teachers College).
  • Primary school teacher 1967-69.
  • Organiser, ALP (SA) 1969-70.
  • Press Secretary, State Minister for Agriculture (SA) 1970-73.
  • Principal Private Secretary to Senator the Hon. Reginald Bishop, Minister for Repatriation 1973-74 and Postmaster-General 1974-75.
  • Party official 1975-87 (see Party Positions above).

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