Former Senator the Hon Brett Mason

Brett Mason

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Former Senator for Queensland

Liberal Party of Australia

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Parliamentary service

  • Elected to the Senate for Queensland 1998 (term began 1.7.1999), 2004 and 2010. Resigned 15.4.2015.

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Ministerial appointments

  • Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Ageing from 21.3.07 to 3.12.07.
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs from 18.9.13 to 23.12.14.

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Committee service

  • Senate Standing: Regulations and Ordinances from 1.7.99 to 23.3.07; Scrutiny of Bills from 31.8.99 to 23.3.07; Publications from 13.2.08 to 11.11.13.
  • Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Community Affairs: Legislation Committee from 1.7.99 to 8.6.00; Legal and Constitutional: Legislation Committee from 1.7.99 to 11.9.06; Finance and Public Administration: Legislation Committee from 17.2.00 (Chair from 17.2.00 to 11.9.06) to 11.9.06; Finance and Public Administration from 11.9.06 to 23.10.06 and from 22.12.06 to 23.3.07; Education and Employment: Legislation Committee from 3.3.15 to 15.4.15.
  • Senate Select: A Certain Maritime Incident from 11.3.02 to 23.10.02.
  • Joint Statutory: Native Title and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Fund from 8.2.01 to 1.7.02; Corporations and Financial Services from 15.10.08 to 19.7.10; Australian Crime Commission from 25.10.10 to 25.11.10; Law Enforcement from 25.11.10 to 16.3.12.
  • Joint Standing: Electoral Matters from 1.7.99 to 26.2.07; Treaties from 1.7.99 to 23.3.07.

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Conferences, delegations and visits

  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia, November 2003.
  • Parliamentary Adviser, United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), New York, September-December 2006.

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Parliamentary party positions

  • Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Education from 6.12.07 to 8.12.09; Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Education and School Curriculum Standards from 8.12.09 to 14.9.10; Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research from 8.12.09 to 14.9.10.
  • Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 14.9.10 to 18.9.13. Shadow Minister for Universities and Research from 14.9.10 to 18.9.13.

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Party positions

  • Member, Liberal Party State Executive (Qld) 1995-98.
  • Chair, Brisbane Federal Electorate Council 1995-97.
  • Vice-Chair, State Standing Committee on Policy (Qld) 1997-98.

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  • Born 5.3.1962, Canberra, ACT.

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Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament

  • BA, LLB(Hons) (ANU), MPhil (Cantab), PhD (Griffith).
  • Barrister.
  • Lecturer in Criminology, Queensland University of Technology.

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  • Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal 2003.

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  • Privacy without principle: the use and abuse of privacy in Australian law and public policy, Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2006.
  • Future proofing Australia: the right answers for our future (ed. with D Wood), Melbourne University Press, 2013.

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