Former Senator the Hon Nick Sherry

Former Senator

Party
Australian Labor Party
Chamber
Senate

Seating Plan

Seating map

Parliament Office

PO Box 6100
Senate
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Telephone:
(02) 6277 3297
Fax:
(02) 6277 5764

Electorate Office

(Principal Office)

Upper Level
69 Best Street
Devonport, TAS, 7310

Postal address

PO Box 858
Devonport, TAS, 7310

Telephone:
(03) 6424 8241
Fax:
(03) 6424 8555
Toll Free:
1300 135 498

Connect with Former Senator the Hon Nick Sherry

Email
senator.sherry@aph.gov.au
Websites
Personal website
Party website

Alternative URL

http://www.aph.gov.au/Senator_Sherry

Biography

Parliamentary service
  • Elected to the Senate for Tasmania 1990 (term began 1.7.1990), 1996, 2001 and 2007. Resigned 1.6.2012.
Parliamentary positions
  • Temporary Chair of Committees from 12.11.98 to 12.2.02.
Ministerial appointments
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Primary Industries and Energy from 24.3.93 to 11.3.96.
  • Minister for Superannuation and Corporate Law from 3.12.07 to 9.6.09.
  • Assistant Treasurer from 9.6.09 to 14.9.10.
  • Minister for Small Business from 14.9.10 to 14.12.11.
  • Minister Assisting the Minister for Tourism from 14.9.10 to 14.12.11.
  • Minister Assisting on Deregulation from 14.9.10 to 26.1.11.
  • Minister Assisting on Deregulation and Public Sector Superannuation from 26.1.11 to 14.12.11.
Committee service
  • Senate Standing: Scrutiny of Bills from 24.8.90 to 18.5.93; Appropriations and Staffing from 2.5.96 to 9.11.98 and from 14.5.08 to 1.6.12; Senators' Interests from 2.5.96 to 9.11.98; Privileges from 3.3.98 to 11.2.08 and from 7.2.12 to 1.6.12; Regulations and Ordinances from 3.3.98 to 9.11.98; Library from 24.11.98 to 1.7.02; Publications from 24.11.98 to 9.8.99.
  • Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Employment, Education and Training from 24.8.90 to 18.5.93; Rural and Regional Affairs from 10.9.91 to 18.5.93; Economics: Legislation Committee from 2.5.96 to 1.6.97; Finance and Public Administration: References Committee from 2.5.96 to 31.10.96 and Legislation Committee from 3.3.98 to 9.11.98.
  • Senate Select: Animal Welfare from 24.8.90 to 3.9.91; Superannuation from 14.8.91 to 1.9.93 (Chair from 21.8.91 to 30.6.93), from 29.5.96 to 27.10.97, from 1.3.98 to 9.11.98 and from 19.3.02 to 10.9.03; Superannuation and Financial Services from 30.9.99 to 11.2.02; Sales Tax Legislation from 25.6.92 to 19.8.92; Functions, Powers and Operation of the Australian Loan Council from 10.10.92 to 14.12.93; Certain Aspects of Foreign Ownership Decisions in relation to the Print Media from 14.12.93 to 30.3.95; Socio-Economic Consequences of the National Competition Policy from 8.7.98 to 9.11.98; New Tax System from 26.11.98 to 30.4.99; Ministerial Discretion in Migration Matters from 23.6.03 to 31.3.04.
  • Senate Estimates: F from 24.8.90 to 6.5.93; D on 2.9.93.
  • Joint Statutory: Public Accounts and Audit from 28.6.01 to 11.2.02 and from 7.2.12 to 1.6.12; Corporations and Financial Services from 1.7.05 to 17.10.07 and from 7.2.12 to 1.6.12.
  • Joint Select: Gambling Reform from 27.2.12 to 1.6.12.
Conferences, delegations and visits
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Hong Kong, Singapore and Indonesia, January-February 1991.
  • Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to Canada, October 1992.
  • Leader, Official Delegation to Taiwan 1993.
  • Leader, Official Delegation to Hong Kong and China, July 1994.
  • Official visit to Papua New Guinea, February 1995.
  • Attended funeral of the former Greek President, His Excellency Mr Andreas Papandreou, Greece, July 1996.
  • Bilateral visits to Sweden and Estonia, October 1999.
  • Delegate, Global Horizons Pension and Lifetime Savings Conference, Washington DC, May 2002.
  • Official visits to UK and Ireland, January 2008; Spain and UK, May 2008; New Zealand, June 2008 and July 2008; USA, August 2008; Vanuatu, October 2008; New Zealand, November 2008; Singapore and Indonesia, April-May 2009; USA, July 2009; New Zealand, August 2009; Turkey, October 2009; Cook Islands, October 2009; Uzbekistan, Qatar, Bahrain and United Arab Emirates, April-May 2010; Papua New Guinea, July 2010; China, April 2011.
Parliamentary party positions
  • Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate from 19.3.96 to 7.10.97.
  • Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 19.3.96 to 7.10.97 and from 22.11.01 to 3.12.07. Shadow Minister for Finance and Superannuation from 20.3.96 to 27.3.97; Assistant Shadow Treasurer and Shadow Minister for Superannuation and Business Regulation from 27.3.97 to 26.8.97; Shadow Minister for Finance, Superannuation and Business Regulation from 26.8.97 to 7.10.97; Shadow Minister for Retirement Incomes and Savings from 25.11.01 to 26.10.04; and Shadow Minister for Consumer Affairs from 25.11.01 to 18.2.03; Shadow Minister for Finance and Superannuation from 26.10.04 to 24.6.05; Shadow Minister for Superannuation and Intergenerational Finance from 24.6.05 to 3.12.07; Shadow Minister for Banking and Financial Services from 24.6.05 to 3.12.07.
Party positions
  • Member, ALP Administrative Committee (Tas) 1979-83, 1989-90, 1991-93 and 1996-2002.
  • Secretary, ALP Lindisfarne Branch 1983-86; President 1987-90.
  • Senior Vice-President, ALP (Tas) 1984-85 and 1993.
  • Secretary, ALP Rules Committee (Tas) 1989-90.
  • Member, ALP National Executive 1995-97.
  • Secretary, ALP Caucus Committee on Living Standards and Economic Development from 1998.
Personal
  • Born 19.11.1955, Kingston-on-Thames, London, UK.
  • Married.
Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
  • BA (Tas).
  • Secretary, Tasmanian University Union and various business committees 1976-79.
  • Cashier and night auditor, Wrest Point Hotel Casino 1976-79.
  • State Secretary, Federated Liquor and Allied Industries Union (Tas) 1979-90; National Councillor and Trustee 1981-90; Negotiator, superannuation, education, training and career path design, Federated Liquor and Allied Industries Union (Tas) 1979-90.
  • Board Member, College of Hospitality 1980-90.
  • State Executive, Tasmanian Trades and Labour Council 1985-90, President 1988-90.
  • Trustee, Host-Plus Superannuation Fund 1986-90.
  • Manager, Trustee, Company Secretary, Club-Plus (Tas) Superannuation Fund 1987-92.
  • Board Member, Hospitality Group Training 1985-90.
  • Board Member, Employment and Skills Formation Council 1988-90.