Senator the Hon Christopher Evans

Christopher Evans

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Senator for Western Australia

Party
Australian Labor Party
Chamber
Senate

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Biography

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Parliamentary service

  • Elected to the Senate for Western Australia, 1993 (term began 1.7.1993), 1998, 2004 and 2010. Resigned 12.4.2013.

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Ministerial appointments

  • Minister for Immigration and Citizenship from 3.12.07 to 14.9.10.
  • Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations from 14.9.10 to 14.12.11.
  • Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research from 14.12.11 to 4.2.13.

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Committee service

  • Senate Standing: Library from 1.7.93 to 29.4.96; House from 1.3.95 to 30.5.95; Selection of Bills from 2.5.96 to 9.11.98; Privileges from 24.11.98 to 15.11.04; Appropriations and Staffing from 18.11.04 to 4.2.13; Procedure from 18.11.04 to 4.2.13.
  • Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 1.7.93 to 10.10.94; Legal and Constitutional: References and Legislation Committees from 10.10.94 to 29.3.95; Rural and Regional Affairs from 1.7.93 to 9.6.94; Economics: References and Legislation Committees from 10.10.94 to 20.11.95; Finance and Public Administration: Legislation Committee from 29.3.95 to 29.4.96 and References Committee from 29.3.95 to 1.12.95 and from 30.12.95 to 29.4.96; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: Legislation Committee from 2.5.96 to 13.2.97 and from 13.2.02 to 15.11.04 and References Committee from 2.5.96 to 13.2.97; Community Affairs: Legislation and References Committees from 24.11.98 to 11.2.02.
  • Senate Estimates: B from 1.7.93 to 10.10.94; D from 18.3.94 to 19.4.94.
  • Senate Select: Superannuation from 1.9.93 to 9.11.98; Certain Land Fund Matters from 19.9.95 to 30.11.95.
  • Joint Statutory: Native Title from 25.3.94 (Chair from 12.5.94) to 29.3.95; Native Title and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Account from 29.3.95 to 31.8.98 (Chair from 29.3.95 to 29.1.96) and from 7.9.05 to 23.3.06.
  • Joint Standing: Electoral Matters from 1.7.93 to 29.1.96; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 14.2.02 to 31.8.04.

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Conferences, delegations and visits

  • Chair, Official Committee Exchange to New Zealand by Joint Committee on Native Title, August 1995.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to East Timor, March 2002.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Indonesia, February 2004.
  • Official visits to Indonesia, January 2008; Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore, August 2008; Vietnam, January 2009; Indonesia, March and April 2009; India and Sri Lanka, July 2009; China, November 2010; Indonesia, July 2011; India, July-August 2011; France and Belgium, September 2011; China and Italy, February 2012; Indonesia, July 2012.

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Parliamentary party positions

  • Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 19.10.98 to 3.12.07. Shadow Minister for Family Services and the Aged from 20.10.98 to 25.11.01; Shadow Minister for Defence from 25.11.01 to 3.8.04; and Reconciliation, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs from 6.12.02 to 18.2.03; Shadow Minister for Defence Procurement, Science and Personnel from 3.8.04 to 26.10.04; Shadow Minister for Social Security from 26.10.04 to 24.6.05; Shadow Minister for Indigenous Affairs from 24.6.05 to 10.12.06; Shadow Minister for Family and Community Services from 24.6.05 to 10.12.06; Shadow Minister for National Development, Resources and Energy from 10.12.06 to 3.12.07.
  • Opposition Whip in the Senate from 20.3.96 to 19.10.98.
  • Leader of the Opposition in the Senate from 22.10.04 to 3.12.07.
  • Leader of the Government in the Senate from 3.12.07 to 4.2.13.

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Party positions

  • Former ALP Vice-President and Treasurer (WA).
  • Delegate, ALP State and Federal Conferences (WA).
  • ALP State Secretary (WA) 1991-93.

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Personal

  • Born 14.5.1958, Cuckfield, UK.
  • Married.

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Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament

  • BA (UWA).
  • Industrial officer, Federated Miscellaneous Workers' Union 1982-87.
  • State Secretary, Fire Brigade Union (WA) 1987-90. (see also Party positions above).

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