Senator Aden Ridgeway

Aden Ridgeway

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Senator for New South Wales

Party
Australian Democrats
Chamber
Senate

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Biography

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Parliamentary service

  • Elected to the Senate for New South Wales 1998 (term began 1.7.1999). Defeated at general elections 2004 (term ended 30.6.2005).

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Committee service

  • Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Economics: References Committee from 30.9.99 to 23.6.05; Finance and Public Administration: References Committee from 30.9.99 to 23.6.05; Rural and Regional Affairs: Legislation Committee from 6.8.01 to 9.8.01 and References Committees from 6.8.01 (Chair from 27.8.01) to 23.6.05; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: Legislation Committee from 1.7.02 to 30.6.05 and References Committees from 1.7.02 to 23.6.05.
  • Participating member, Economics: Legislation Committee from 1.7.99 to 30.6.05 and References Committee from 1.7.99 to 30.9.99; Participating member, Finance and Public Administration: Legislation Committee from 1.7.99 to 30.6.05 and References Committee from 1.7.99 to 30.9.99; Participating member, Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts: References Committee from 21.6.04 to 15.11.04; Legal and Constitutional: Legislation Committee from 6.12.04 to 30.6.05.
  • Senate Select: Free Trade Agreement - Australia and the United States of America from 12.2.04 to 5.8.04; Administration of Indigenous Affairs from 17.6.04 to 30.6.05.

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Conferences, delegations and visits

  • Addressed UN Special Session on Racism, USA, March 2001.
  • Attended the World Conference Against Racism, South Africa, August-September 2001.
  • Attended Global Leaders of Tomorrow program as part of the World Economic Forum, Switzerland, February 2000; Switzerland, February 2001; USA, February 2002.

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Parliamentary party positions

  • Deputy Leader of the Australian Democrats from 6.4.01 to 21.8.02.
  • Interim Leader of the Australian Democrats from 21.8.02 to 22.8.02.
  • Spokesperson for Australian Democrats on Arts; Centenary of Federation; Financial Services and Regulations; Industry; Reconciliation; Republic; Tourism from 1.7.99 to 11.10.99; Arts; Centenary of Federation; Financial Services and Regulation; Industry; Reconciliation; Tourism from 11.10.99 (Republic after November 1999) to 14.2.01; Arts; Centenary of Federation; Financial Services and Regulation; Industry; Reconciliation; Tourism from 14.2.01 to 1.7.02; Arts; Financial Services and Regulation; Human Rights (International); Industry; Overseas Aid; Reconciliation; Tourism; Trade from 1.7.02 to 21.8.02; Arts; Financial Services and Regulation; Human Rights (International); Indigenous Affairs; Industry; Overseas Aid; Reconciliation; Tourism; Trade from 21.8.02 to 24.10.02; Arts and Sport; Consumer Affairs; Forestry; Indigenous Affairs; Industry, Small Business and Tourism; Trade and Overseas Development from 24.10.02 to 30.6.05.

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Party positions

  • Member, Australian Democrats (NSW) from 1990.
  • State Policy Convener, Australian Democrats (NSW) 1997-98.

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Personal

  • Born 18.9.1962, Macksville, NSW.
  • Married.

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Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament

  • Regional Councillor, Sydney ATSIC Region 1990-94.
  • Executive Director, NSW Aboriginal Land Council 1994-98.
  • Member, Australian Museum Trust from 1994.
  • Member, NSW Geographical Names Board from 1995.
  • Director, Public Service Board Staff Credit Union 1996-98.

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