Former Senator the Hon George Brandis QC

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Former Senator

Party
Liberal Party of Australia
Chamber
Senate

Biography

Parliamentary service
  • Chosen by the Parliament of Queensland on 16.5.2000 under section 15 of the Constitution to represent that State in the Senate, vice Hon. W Parer (resigned). Re-elected 2004, 2010 and 2016. Resigned 7.2.2018.
Parliamentary appointments
  • Parliamentary Representative, Council of the National Library of Australia from 14.3.05 to 21.3.07
Parliamentary positions
  • Temporary Chair of Committees from 18.9.02 to 6.2.07
Ministerial appointments
  • Minister for the Arts and Sport from 30.1.2007 to 3.12.2007.
  • Minister for the Arts from 18.9.2013 to 21.9.2015.
  • Attorney-General from 18.9.2013 to 20.12.2017.
  • Vice-President of the Executive Council from 18.9.2013 to 20.12.2017.
  • Cabinet Minister from 18.9.2013 to 20.12.2017.
Committee service
  • Senate Standing: House from 8.6.2000 to 19.3.2002; Regulations and Ordinances from 8.6.2000 to 1.7.2002; Senators' Interests from 8.6.2000 to 19.3.2002; Procedure from 1.7.2002 to 25.3.2003; Library from 15.3.2005 to 7.12.2005; Privileges from 13.2.2008 to 14.5.2010; Procedure from 12.5.2010 to 21.3.2011; Privileges from 1.7.2011 to 11.11.2013; Appropriations, Staffing and Security from 1.9.2016 to 7.2.2018.
  • Senate Select: A Certain Maritime Incident from 11.3.2002 to 23.10.2002; Free Trade Agreement - Australia and the United States of America from 12.2.2004 to 5.8.2004; Scrafton Evidence from 30.8.2004 to 9.12.2004.
  • Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Finance and Public Administration: Legislation from 8.6.2000 to 11.9.2006; Community Affairs: Legislation from 8.6.2000 to 11.2.2002; Employment, Workplace Relations, Small Business and Education: Legislation from 8.6.2000 to 11.2.2002; Employment, Workplace Relations, Small Business and Education: References from 8.6.2000 to 11.2.2002; Employment, Workplace Relations and Education: References from 13.2.2002 to 19.3.2002; Employment, Workplace Relations and Education: Legislation from 13.2.2002 to 19.3.2002; Economics: Legislation from 13.2.2002 to 11.9.2006 (Chair from 14.2.2002 to 11.9.2006); Economics: References from 14.2.2002 to 11.9.2006; Economics from 11.9.2006 to 8.2.2007; Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 11.9.2006 to 8.2.2007.
  • Joint Statutory: Corporations and Financial Services from 14.2.2002 to 28.2.2007; Intelligence and Security from 6.7.2011 to 5.8.2013.
  • Joint Standing: Electoral Matters from 28.8.2002 to 26.2.2007; Parliamentary Library from 2.3.2006 to 20.3.2007.
  • Joint Select: Constitutional Recognition relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples from 29.11.2012 to 5.8.2013.
Parliamentary party positions
  • Member of the Opposition Shadow Ministry from 6.12.2007 to 18.9.2013.
  • Shadow Attorney-General from 6.12.2007 to 18.9.2013.
  • Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate from 3.5.2010 to 18.9.2013.
  • Shadow Minister for the Arts from 14.9.2010 to 18.9.2013.
  • Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate from 18.9.2013 to 21.9.2015.
  • Leader of the Government in the Senate from 21.9.2015 to 9.5.2016.
Party positions
  • Life Member, Young Liberal Movement
  • State President, Young Liberals (Qld) 1981
  • Chair, Constitution and Rules Committee, Liberal Party (Qld) 1993-94
  • Chair, Agenda Committee, Liberal Party (Qld) 1993-95
  • Vice-President, Liberal Party (Qld) 1994-95
  • Chair, Ryan Federal Electorate Council 1996-99
  • Chair, Agenda Committee, Liberal Party (Qld) 1997-99
  • Chair, Constitution and Rules Committee, Liberal Party (Qld) 1999-2000
Personal
  • Born 22.6.1957, Sydney, Australia
  • Divorced
Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
  • BA (Hons)(Qld)
  • LLB (Hons)(Qld)
  • B.C.L (Oxon)
  • Barrister from 1985
Publications
  • Liberals face the future: essays on Australian liberalism (with T Harley and D Markwell), Oxford University Press, Melbourne: 1984
  • Australian liberalism: the continuing vision (with Y Thompson and T Harley), The Liberal Forum, Melbourne: 1986