Senator John Woodley

John Woodley

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Senator for Queensland

Party
Australian Democrats
Chamber
Senate

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Biography

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Parliamentary service

  • Elected to the Senate for Queensland, 1993 (term began 1.7.93) and 1998. Resigned 27.7.2001.

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Committee service

  • Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Rural and Regional Affairs from 1.7.93 to 10.10.94; Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: References and Legislation Committees from 10.10.94 (Chair, References Committee from 9.5.96) to 27.7.01; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 18.8.93 to 10.10.94; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: References Committee from 15.10.96 to 12.5.99.
  • Participating member, Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: References Committee from 10.11.94 to 1.7.96; Participating member, Community Affairs: Legislation Committee from 23.3.95 to 11.5.95 and from 29.5.95 to 27.7.01.
  • Senate Select: Superannuation from 28.10.93 to 1.7.96; Unresolved Whistleblower Cases from 1.12.94 to 26.10.95; Community Standards Relevant to the Supply of Services Utilising Electronic Technologies from 22.5.96 to 15.10.96; Victorian Casino Inquiry from 1.7.96 to 8.7.96 and from 10.8.96 to 5.12.96.
  • Joint Statutory: Native Title and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Fund from 20.10.97 to 27.7.01.

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Conferences, delegations and visits

  • Member, Official Delegation to 92nd IPU Conference, Denmark and bilateral visits to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, August-September 1994.
  • Study tour to UK, July 1996.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to USA and Venezuela, July 1997.
  • Member, Official Australian Observer Mission to the Indonesian Elections, June 1999.
  • Study tour, UK and Ireland, July-August 2000.
  • Member, Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs Legislation visit to New Zealand, May 2001.

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Parliamentary party positions

  • Spokesperson for the Australian Democrats on Australia's Security (including Defence); Rural Australia (including Primary Industry); Social Security; Tourism from 1.7.93 to 7.12.95; Australia's Security (including Defence and Peace); Rural Australia; Social Security; Consumer Affairs; Tourism from 7.12.95 to 30.6.96; Family Services (excluding Youth); Rural Australia; Social Security; Veterans' Affairs and Defence Personnel from 1.7.96 to 25.2.97; Family Services and Aged Care; Rural Australia; Social Security; Veterans' Affairs and Defence Personnel from 25.2.97 to 20.10.97; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs and Reconciliation; Family Services (including Aged Care and Child Care); Children; Regional Development (excluding Local Government); Rural Australia; Transport from 20.10.97 to 1.1.99; Aged Care; Agriculture; Children; Family and Community Services (including Child Care and Child Support); Indigenous Affairs; Reconciliation; Regional Services; Transport from 1.1.99 to 1.7.99; Aged Care; Agriculture; Children; Family and Community Services; Indigenous Affairs; Regional Services from 1.7.99 to 14.2.01; Agriculture; Children; Family and Community Services (including Child Care and Child Support); Indigenous Affairs; Regional Services from 14.2.01 to 27.7.01.

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Party positions

  • Member, Australian Democrats from 1981.
  • State President, Australian Democrats (Qld) 1991-93.
  • National Ombudsman, Australian Democrats 1988-91.

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Personal

  • Born 9.2.38, Brisbane, Qld.
  • Married.

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Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament

  • LTh (Melbourne College of Divinity), BTh (Brisbane College of Theology).
  • Clerk 1953-59.
  • Minister of the Methodist and Uniting Churches from 1962.
  • Director for Social Responsibility, Uniting Church 1977-84.
  • Chaplain, Queensland University of Technology 1988-93.

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Military Service

  • Royal Australian Naval Reserve (National Service) 1957-59.

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Publications

  • Bulldust and Spinifex, Brisbane: Redland Printery, 1973.
  • Technicolour Fantasy, Brisbane: Uniting Church, 1982.
  • Uniting Church and Aboriginal Land Rights, Brisbane: Uniting Church, 1983.

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