Former Senator Grant Chapman

Former Senator

Party
Liberal Party of Australia
Chamber
Senate

Biography

Parliamentary service
  • Elected to the House of Representatives for Kingston, South Australia, 1975, 1977 and 1980. Defeated at general elections 1983.
  • Elected to the Senate for South Australia 1987 (term deemed to have begun 1.7.1987), 1990, 1996 and 2001. Defeated at general elections 2007 (term ended 30.6.2008).
Parliamentary positions
  • Temporary Chair of Committees from 5.5.93 to 30.6.08.
Committee service
  • Senate Standing: Publications from 2.5.96 to 1.7.02.
  • Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Transport, Communications and Infrastructure from 24.9.87 to 18.5.93; Industry, Science, Technology, Transport, Communications and Infrastructure from 18.5.93 to 10.10.94; Economics: Legislation and References Committees from 10.10.94 to 11.9.06; Economics from 11.9.06 to 11.2.08; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: References Committee from 10.10.94 to 29.4.96.
  • Senate Select: Australian Broadcasting Corporation Management and Operations from 22.9.94 to 30.3.95; Dangers of Radioactive Waste from 23.3.95 (Chair from 30.3.95) to 29.4.96; Uranium Mining and Milling from 8.5.96 (Chair from 23.5.96) to 15.5.97; Superannuation and Financial Services from 29.9.99 to 11.2.02; Superannuation from 14.3.02 to 10.9.03; Lucas Heights Reactor from 17.8.00 to 24.5.01; State Government Financial Management from 14.2.08 to 30.6.08.
  • Senate Estimates: A from 24.9.87 to 8.5.90; F from 9.5.90 to 6.5.93; B from 8.2.94 to 10.10.94.
  • House of Representatives Standing: Publications from 20.9.79 to 19.9.80; Library from 26.11.80 to 4.2.83; Road Safety from 9.4.81 to 4.2.83; Expenditure from 9.12.82 to 4.2.83.
  • Joint Statutory: Corporations and Securities from 31.5.96 (Chair from 20.6.96) to 11.2.02; Corporations and Financial Services from 14.2.02 to 30.6.08 (Chair from 20.3.02 to 11.2.08); Public Accounts and Audit from 23.3.07 to 30.6.08.
  • Joint: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 16.5.90 to 1.7.02.
  • Joint Standing: New Parliament House from 4.12.80 to 4.2.83.
Conferences, delegations and visits
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to China and Japan, July 1981.
  • Member, CPA Conference, The Bahamas, October 1982.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Argentina and Brazil, June-July 1992.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the 100th IPU Conference, Moscow, September 1998; Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to the 107th IPU Conference, Marrakech, and bilateral visit to Kuwait, March 2002; Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to IPU Governing Council, Geneva, September 2002; Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the 108th IPU Conference, Santiago, and bilateral visit to Canada, March-April 2003; Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to the 109th IPU Conference, Geneva, and bilateral visit to Latvia, September-October 2003; Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to the 110th IPU Conference, Mexico City, April 2004; Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the 112th IPU Conference, Manila, and bilateral visit to the Solomon Islands, March-April 2005.
  • Vice-President, UN-IPU Parliamentary Round Table to Combat Desertification, Dakar, November 1998; Recife, November 1999; Bonn, December 2000; Havana, August 2003; Member, United Nations Panel of Eminent Persons to Combat Desertification from October 2001, attending meetings in Agadez, April 2002; World Summit on Sustainable Development Preparatory Committee, Denpasar, May-June 2002; World Summit on Sustainable Development, Johannesburg, August-September 2002; and Global Environment Facility Council, Beijing, October 2002.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Czech Republic, Slovakia and Croatia, April 2001.
  • Keynote Speaker, World Tourism Organisation Parliamentarians Forum, Panama City, November 2002.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to UK, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Austria, Argentina and USA, April-May 2008.
Party positions
  • Member, Liberal Party (SA) from 1967.
  • Member, Young Liberal State Executive (SA) 1971-75; Inaugural Federal Young Liberal Policy Committee 1975.
  • Member, Liberal Party State Council (SA) from 1971.
  • Member, Liberal Party State Executive (SA) 1975-76.
  • Member, Liberal Party Rural Council Executive (SA) from 1987.
Personal
  • Born 27.4.1949, North Adelaide, SA.
  • Married.
Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
  • BA (Hons) (Adel).
  • Business Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certificate (SAIT).
  • Proprietor, farming and grazing property, Kybunga, SA from 1974.
  • Self-employed management consultant, Grant Chapman and Co. 1983-88.
  • Marketing executive, oil industry 1971-75.
  • Political research consultant 1975.
  • Represented South Australia in National Debating Championships 1974, 1975 and 1977.
  • Member, Australian Institute of International Affairs (SA) Committee from 1974; Vice-President 1983-85; Treasurer 1985-2000.
  • Member, United Farmers and Stockowners (SA) (now South Australian Farmers' Federation) from 1974; Delegate from 1983; President, Adelaide Branch from 1986.
  • Member, Australian Broadcasting Commission Advisory Committee (SA) 1975-80.
Military Service
  • RAAF, South Australian University Squadron 1968-70.
  • Pilot Officer, RAAF Reserve.
Honours
  • Awarded Queen's Silver Jubilee Medal 1977.