Senator the Hon Ronald Boswell

Ronald Boswell

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Senator for Queensland

Party
The Nationals
Chamber
Senate

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Biography

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Parliamentary service

  • Elected to the Senate for Queensland 1983 (term deemed to have begun 1.7.1982), 1984, 1987, 1990, 1996, 2001 and 2007. Retired 30.6.2014.

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Parliamentary appointments

  • Parliamentary Representative on the Council of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies from 19.9.89 to 5.3.90.

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Ministerial appointments

  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Transport and Regional Services from 20.7.99 to 7.10.03.

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Committee service

  • Senate Standing: Appropriations and Staffing from 2.5.96 to 11.2.08; Library from 2.5.96 to 1.7.02 and from 13.11.13; Regulations and Ordinances from 13.11.13 to 30.6.14.
  • Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: National Resources from 21.4.83 to 5.6.87; Foreign Affairs and Defence from 1.7.85 to 5.6.87; Transport, Communications and Infrastructure from 24.9.87 to 11.9.90; Industry, Science and Technology from 17.9.90 to 18.5.93; Environment, Communications and the Arts from 15.10.08 to 14.5.09; Environment, Communications and the Arts: References Committee from 14.5.09 to 27.9.10; Environment and Communications: References Committee from 30.9.10 to 11.9.12 and from 20.9.12 to 11.11.13; Education, Employment and Workplace Relations: References Committee from 20.9.12 to 30.6.14; Community Affairs: Legislation Committee from 1.11.12 to 22.11.12 and References Committee from 22.11.12 to 30.6.14; Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: Legislation Committee from 13.11.13 to 3.3.14.
  • Senate Select: Administration of Aboriginal Affairs from 2.6.88 to 28.2.89; Free Trade Agreement - Australia and the United States of America from 12.2.04 to 5.8.04; Climate Policy from 17.3.09 to 15.6.09.
  • Senate Estimates: C from 4.5.83 to 5.6.87; D from 6.9.89 to 24.8.90.
  • Joint Statutory: Australian Security Intelligence Organization from 30.6.99 to 11.5.00.
  • Joint Standing: Electoral Matters from 30.6.99 to 7.9.00; Parliamentary Library from 2.12.13 to 30.6.14.
  • Joint Select: Retailing Sector from 10.12.98 to 30.8.99; Republic Referendum from 21.6.99 to 9.8.99.

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Conferences, delegations and visits

  • Delegate, 27th South Pacific Conference, Noumea, October 1987.
  • Parliamentary Delegate to the Australian Constitutional Convention, Canberra, February 1998.
  • Official visits to Taiwan, November 1999 and September 2001; New Zealand, August 2002; USA, October-November 2002; Taiwan, October 2003.

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Parliamentary party positions

  • Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 16.9.88 to 11.4.90 and from 7.4.93 to 9.12.94. Shadow Minister for Regional Development and External Territories from 16.9.88 to 11.4.90; Northern Australia and External Territories from 7.4.93 to 26.5.94; Consumer Affairs from 26.5.94 to 9.12.94.
  • Leader, National Party of Australia in the Senate from 10.4.90 to 11.10.03.
  • Leader, The Nationals in the Senate from 11.10.03 to 3.12.07.
  • Deputy Leader of The Nationals in the Senate from 3.12.07 to 27.6.08.

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Party positions

  • Chair, National Party Wynnum Branch 1974.
  • Metropolitan Zone Vice-President 1976-83.
  • Member, National Party State Management Committee (Qld) 1976-83.
  • Central Councillor from 1976.

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Personal

  • Born 9.12.1940, Perth, WA.
  • Married.

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Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament

  • Manufacturer's agent.

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