Senator the Hon Penny Wong

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Senator for South Australia

Positions
Leader of the Opposition in the Senate
Party
Australian Labor Party
Chamber
Senate

Seating Plan

Seating map

Electorate Office

(Principal Office)

Level 4
19 Gouger Street
Adelaide, SA, 5000

Postal address

PO Box 6237, Halifax Street
Adelaide, SA, 5000

Telephone:
(08) 8212 8272
Fax:
(08) 8212 8273
Toll Free:
1300 301 698

Parliament Office

PO Box 6100
Senate
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Telephone:
(02) 6277 3874
Fax:
(02) 6273 5879

Biography

Parliamentary service
  • Elected to the Senate for South Australia 2001 (term began 1.7.2002), 2007, 2013 and 2016.
Ministerial appointments
  • Minister for Climate Change and Water from 3.12.07 to 8.3.10.
  • Minister for Climate Change, Energy Efficiency and Water from 8.3.10 to 14.9.10.
  • Minister for Finance and Deregulation from 14.9.10 to 18.9.13.
Committee service
  • Senate Standing: Library from 1.7.02 to 15.11.04; Senators' Interests from 1.7.02 to 15.11.04; Appropriations and Staffing from 26.6.13 to 9.5.16; Procedure from 26.6.13 to 9.5.16 and from 1.9.16; Appropriations, Staffing and Security from 1.9.16.
  • Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts: References Committee from 1.7.02 to 15.11.04; Finance and Public Administration: References Committee from 1.7.02 to 1.3.04; Economics: References Committee from 1.3.04 to 15.11.04; Employment, Workplace Relations and Education: Legislation Committee from 18.11.04 to 1.7.05.
  • Senate Select: Superannuation from 10.12.02 to 10.9.03; Ministerial Discretion in Migration Matters from 23.6.03 to 31.3.04.
  • Joint Statutory: Corporations and Financial Services from 1.7.02 to 17.10.07; Intelligence and Security from 16.7.14 to 25.11.14, from 25.6.15 to 9.5.16; and from 13.9.16.
Parliamentary party positions
  • Shadow Minister for Corporate Governance and Responsibility from 26.10.04 to 3.12.07.
  • Shadow Minister for Employment and Workforce Participation from 26.10.04 to 10.12.06.
  • Shadow Minister for Public Administration and Accountability and Shadow Minister for Workforce Participation from 10.12.06 to 3.12.07.
  • Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate from 4.2.13 to 26.6.13.
  • Leader of the Government in the Senate from 26.6.13 to 18.9.13.
  • Leader of the Opposition in the Senate from 18.9.13 to 9.5.16 and from 23.07.16.
  • Shadow Minister for Trade and Investment from 18.10.13 to 23.07.16.
  • Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs from 23.07.16.
Party positions
  • Delegate, ALP State Conventions (SA) 1989-94 and since 1996.
  • Deputy Convener, ALP State Platform Committee (SA) 1990-94.
  • Member, ALP State Executive (SA) 1996-99.
  • Convener, ALP Ethnic Policy Network 1998-99.
  • Member, ALP National Policy Committee on Industry, Infrastructure and Regional Development 1998-2000.
  • Delegate, ALP National Conferences since 2000.
  • Australian Labor National Campaign Spokesperson for the 2007, 2013 and 2016 Federal Elections.
Personal
  • Born 5.11.1968, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.
Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
  • BA (Jurisprudence), LLB (Hons) (Adel), GradDip in Legal Practice (SA).
  • Industrial officer 1990-94.
  • Senior Policy Adviser to the Minister for Land and Conservation (NSW), the Hon. KM Yeadon 1995-96.
  • Barrister and solicitor 1996-1999.
  • Legal officer 1999-2002.