Senator Meg Lees

Meg Lees

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Senator for South Australia

Party
Australian Progressive Alliance
Chamber
Senate

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Biography

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Parliamentary service

  • Chosen by the Parliament of South Australia on 4.4.1990 under section 15 of the Constitution to represent that State in the Senate, vice J. Haines (resigned) (term ended 30.6.1993).
  • Elected 1993 (term began 1.7.1993) and 1998. Defeated at general elections 2004 (term ended 30.6.2005).

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Committee service

  • Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Community Affairs from 1.6.90 to 10.10.94; Community Affairs: References Committee from 10.10.94 to 30.10.97 and from 13.2.02 to 15.11.04 and Legislation Committee from 10.10.94 to 2.3.98; Environment, Recreation, Communications and the Arts: References Committee from 15.11.95 (Chair from 21.11.95) to 2.3.98 and Legislation Committee from 15.11.95 to 30.10.97.
  • Participating member, Community Affairs: Legislation Committee from 24.11.98 to 11.2.02 and from 19.8.02 to 15.11.04 and References Committee from 7.12.04 to 30.6.05; Participating member, Finance and Public Administration: Legislation Committee from 10.11.94 to 29.4.96 and from 21.10.02 to 15.11.04 and References Committee from 21.10.02 to 15.11.04; Participating member, Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts: Legislation and References Committees from 24.11.98 to 15.11.04; Participating member, Employment, Workplace Relations and Education: Legislation and References Committees from 19.8.02 to 15.11.04; Participating member, Legal and Constitutional: Legislation and References Committees from 19.8.02 to 15.11.04; Participating member, Economics: Legislation and References Committees from 21.10.02 to 15.11.04; Participating member, Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: Legislation and References Committees from 21.10.02 to 15.11.04; Participating member, Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: References Committee from 21.10.02 to 15.11.04 and Legislation Committee from 21.6.04 to 15.11.04.
  • Senate Select: Superannuation from 13.8.91 to 17.10.91; Land Fund Bill from 30.11.94 to 9.2.95; Uranium Mining and Milling from 1.7.96 to 15.5.97; Medicare from 15.5.03 to 11.2.04.
  • Joint Statutory: Native Title and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Fund from 9.8.01 to 30.6.05.
  • Joint Standing: Electoral Matters from 19.8.93 to 1.7.96.

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Conferences, delegations and visits

  • Study tour, UK, July 2000; Thailand, June 2001.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Canada and China, November-December 2002.

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Parliamentary party positions

  • Deputy Leader of the Australian Democrats from 2.10.91 to 15.10.97.
  • Interim Leader of the Australian Democrats from 15.10.97 to 5.12.97.
  • Leader of the Australian Democrats from 5.12.97 to 6.4.01.
  • Spokesperson for Australian Democrats on Arts, Sport, Tourism and Territories; Status of Women from 8.5.90 to 30.6.90; on Social Security (including Retirement Income); Community Services (including Aged Care); Sport; Tourism from 1.7.90 to 8.10.91; on Community Services; Health; Ethnic Affairs; Social Security; Sport; Women from 8.10.91 to 17.8.92; on Employment; Health and Community Services; Social Security; Sport; Women from 17.8.92 to 30.6.93; on Community, Family and Aged Care Services; Consumer Affairs; Electoral Matters; Health; Housing; Sport; Veterans' Affairs from 1.7.93 to 7.12.95; on Environment; Family and Aged Care Services; Health; Sport; Veterans' Affairs from 7.12.95 to 30.6.96; on Environment; Health; Population; Resources and Energy; Sport from 1.7.96 to 20.10.97; on Commonwealth/State Relations; Energy and Resources; Environment; Health; Population; Prime Minister and Cabinet; Women from 20.10.97 to 12.12.97; on Prime Minister and Cabinet; Treasurer; Health; Energy and Resources; Commonwealth/State Relations; Women from 12.12.97; on Fisheries; Forestry and Conservation; Health; Prime Minister and Cabinet; Resources (including Energy); Sport (including Olympics); Status of Women; Treasurer from 1.1.99 to 1.7.99; on Health; Prime Minister and Cabinet; Sport (including Olympics); Status of Women; Treasurer from 1.7.99 to 14.4.01; Consumer Affairs; Employment and Employment Services; Health; Local Government; Sport; Training from 14.4.01 to 9.8.01; Consumer Affairs; Health; Indigenous Affairs; Local Government; Sport; Training from 9.8.01 to 1.7.02; Child Care and Child Support; Health; Indigenous Affairs; Local Government; Sport; Training from 1.7.02 to 26.7.02.

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Party positions

  • Secretary, Australian Democrats Mt Gambier Branch 1982-85.
  • Branch Representative to State Council, Australian Democrats (SA) 1983-86.
  • Policy Convenor, Australian Democrats (SA) 1986-87.
  • Vice-President, Australian Democrats (SA) 1986-87.
  • State President, Australian Democrats (SA) 1987-89.

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Personal

  • Born 19.10.1948, Burwood, NSW.
  • Married.

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Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament

  • BEd (Adelaide CAE), DipPE (Sydney Teachers College).
  • Teacher.
  • Councillor, Australian Conservation Foundation.

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