Senator Mal Colston

Malcolm Colston

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Senator for Queensland

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Independent
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Biography

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Parliamentary service

  • Elected to the Senate for Queensland 1975 (term deemed to have begun 1.7.75), 1977, 1983, 1987 and 1993 (retired 30.6.99).

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Parliamentary appointments

  • Parliamentary Representative on the Council of the Australian National University from 18.7.86 to 31.12.91; 11.3.92 to 10.3.96; and from 17.7.96 to 14.3.97.
  • Member, Parliamentary Retiring Allowances Trust from 22.9.87 to 26.3.97.

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Parliamentary positions

  • Temporary Chair of Committees from 22.8.78 to 21.8.90 and from 18.8.93 to 20.8.96.
  • Acting President of the Senate 8.11.85; 13.9.90 to 25.9.90; 15.3.91 to 5.4.91; 18.7.91 to 21.7.91; 26.7.91 to 2.8.91; 17.10.91 to 6.11.91; 3.1.92 to 24.1.92; 7.3.92 to 13.3.92; 13.4.92 to 2.5.92; 17.9.92; 3.10.92 to 10.10.92; 20.10.92 to 4.11.92; 12.1.93 to 16.1.93; 17.4.93 to 30.4.93; 25.7.93 to 4.8.93; 20.9.96 to 6.10.96 and from 1.4.97 to 11.4.97.
  • Deputy President and Chair of Committees from 21.8.90 to 16.8.93 and from 20.8.96 to 6.5.97.

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Committee service

  • Senate Standing: Library from 19.5.76 to 14.4.86; Regulations and Ordinances from 4.12.80 to 27.8.81, from 11.5.90 to 29.4.96 and from 23.5.96 to 9.11.98 (Chair from 14.5.90 to 18.10.90 and from 30.9.93 to 29.4.96); Publications from 4.5.83 to 11.9.85 and from 27.6.96 to 12.3.98; Disputed Returns and Qualifications from 4.5.83 to 5.6.87; Appropriations and Staffing from 11.5.90 to 29.4.96; House from 11.5.90 to 1.12.94 and from 2.5.96 (Chair from 20.8.96) to 6.5.97; Procedure from 11.5.90 to 17.8.93 and from 20.8.96 (Chair from 20.8.96) to 6.5.97; Scrutiny of Bills from 17.8.93 to 29.4.96 (Chair from 18.8.93 to 10.10.94); Senators' Interests from 24.3.94 to 29.4.96 (Chair from 24.3.94 to 8.11.94) and from 2.5.96 to 8.5.96.
  • Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Science and the Environment from 5.5.76 to 17.8.78; Education and the Arts from 17.8.78 to 27.8.81 and from 21.4.83 (Chair from 22.4.83) to 5.6.87; Transport, Communications and Infrastructure from 1.12.88 to 11.5.90; Environment, Recreation and the Arts from 11.5.90 (Chair from 1.7.90) to 24.8.90; Participating member, Environment, Recreation, Communications and the Arts: References Committee from 7.2.95 to 29.4.96 and from 20.6.96 to 9.11.98 and Legislation Committee from 31.5.95 to 29.4.96 and from 29.10.96 to 9.11.98; Participating member, Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts: Legislation and References Committees from 24.11.98 to 30.6.99; Participating member, Finance and Public Administration: Legislation Committee from 30.5.95 to 29.4.96 and from 29.10.96 to 30.6.99 and References Committee from 29.10.96 to 30.6.99; Participating member, Employment, Education and Training: Legislation Committee from 7.6.95 to 29.4.96 and from 29.10.96 to 9.11.98 and References Committee from 7.6.95 to 29.4.96 and from 29.10.96 to 9.11.98; Full member, Employment, Education and Training: References Committee from 2.5.96 to 17.10.96; Participating member, Employment, Workplace Relations, Small Business and Education: Legislation and Reference Committees from 24.11.98 to 30.6.99; Full member, Community Affairs: References Committee from 8.5.96 (Chair from 9.5.96) to 10.9.96; Participating member, Community Affairs: Legislation Committee from 20.6.96 to 30.6.99 and References Committee from 29.10.96 to 30.6.99; Participating member, Economics: References Committee from 20.6.96 to 30.6.99 and Legislation Committee from 29.10.96 to 30.6.99; Participating member, Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: Legislation and References Committees from 29.10.96 to 30.6.99; Participating member, Legal and Constitutional: Legislation and References Committee from 29.10.96 to 30.6.99; Participating member, Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: Legislation and References Committees from 29.10.96 to 30.6.99.
  • Senate Select: Education of Gifted and Talented Children from 22.9.87 (Chair from 22.9.87) to 18.5.88; Legislation Procedures from 31.8.88 (Chair from 31.8.88) to 1.12.88; Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals in Australia from 3.11.88 (Chair from 30.11.88) to 31.7.90; Participating member, New Tax System from 10.12.98 to 30.4.99.
  • Senate Estimates: D from 29.4.76 to 26.8.76, from 4.5.83 (Chair from 12.5.83) to 16.4.85, from 22.8.85 (Chair from 12.9.85) to 20.3.86, from 24.9.87 (Chair from 8.10.87) to 29.9.88, from 1.7.93 to 7.11.93 and from 14.11.93 to 8.2.94; C from 26.8.76 to 16.3.78; B from 16.3.78 to 20.9.78 and from 26.8.81 to 4.2.83; A from 20.12.78 to 2.4.81; G from 2.4.81 to 26.8.81; E from 16.4.85 (Chair from 18.4.85) to 22.8.85 and from 9.5.90 (Chair from 11.5.90) to 24.8.90; F from 29.9.88 (Chair from 29.9.88) to 8.5.90 and from 8.2.94 (Chair from 10.2.94) to 10.10.94.
  • Joint Statutory: Public Accounts from 4.3.76 to 17.8.78 and from 27.5.93 to 23.6.93.
  • Joint: Australian Capital Territory from 22.8.78 to 19.9.80 and from 9.9.81 to 4.2.83; New Parliament House from 1.7.81 to 19.2.90; Parliamentary Zone from 12.11.91 to 8.2.93; National Capital and External Territories from 27.5.93 to 17.8.93 and from 19.8.93 to 29.1.96 and from 31.5.96 to 27.5.97.

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Conferences, delegations and visits

  • Member, 23rd CPA Conference, Canada, September 1977.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegations to Japan, July 1978, and to North America and Mexico, July 1980.
  • Member, 7th Australasian and Pacific Regional Parliamentary Seminar, Canberra and Tonga, October 1984.
  • Leader, IPU 10+ Meeting, Madrid, Spain, March 1985; 73rd IPU Conference, Lome, Togo, March 1985; 74th IPU Conference, Ottawa, Canada, September 1985; 75th IPU Conference, Mexico City, Mexico, April 1986; 76th IPU Conference, Buenos Aires, Argentina, October 1986; IPU 12+ Meeting, West Berlin, Federal Republic of Germany, April 1987; 77th IPU Conference, Managua, Nicaragua, April-May 1987; 89th IPU Conference, New Delhi, India, April 1993.
  • Leader, Observer Delegation, 9th General Assembly AIPO, Kuala Lumpur, January 1988.
  • Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to the Middle East, June 1988.
  • Member, 20th Regional Conference of Presiding Officers and Clerks, Western Samoa, June 1989; 22nd Regional Conference of Presiding Officers and Clerks, Solomon Islands, July 1991; 23rd Regional Conference of Presiding Officers and Clerks, Adelaide, June 1992.
  • Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to South Pacific, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji and Western Samoa, July-August 1989.
  • Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to Turkey, April-May 1990.
  • Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to the UK and Austria, June-July 1991.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to 13th General Assembly of AIPO, Jakarta, Indonesia, and bilateral visits to Thailand and Papua New Guinea, September-October 1992.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to USA and Canada, March-April 1995.
  • Overseas study visits to Belgium, July 1984; Denmark, June 1984; Fiji, November 1980; France, July 1984; Germany, June 1984; Ireland, June 1991; Japan, December 1992-January 1993; New Zealand, December 1979-January 1980 and February 1992; Singapore, July 1984 and July 1991; Tahiti, January-February 1990; Thailand, June-July 1988, November 1992, April 1993, July 1994, January 1995 and April 1995; United Kingdom, July 1980, June 1984, September 1985 and April 1995 (Jersey and Guernsey); USA, July 1982, August 1985 and June 1986.

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Party positions

  • Branch Member Delegate, ALP Central Executive (Qld) 1971-77 and Federal Parliamentary Labor Party Delegate 1978; Federal Parliamentary Labor Party State Council Delegate 1983-96.
  • Resigned from Australian Labor Party 20.8.96 and became Independent.

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Personal

  • Born 5.4.38 at Brisbane, Qld.
  • Married.

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Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament

  • AEd, BA, BEd (Hons), PhD (Qld).
  • Teacher, research officer and psychological consultant.
  • Member, Australian Psychological Society.

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Military Service

  • Member of the Army reserve 1964-79.
  • Army reserve full-time duty, New Guinea 1966-67.
  • Rank of Major 1970-79.
  • Granted military title of Major 1993.

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