Former Senator the Hon Lin Thorp

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Former Senator

Party
Australian Labor Party
Chamber
Senate

Biography

Parliamentary service
  • State: Elected to the Tasmanian Legislative Council for Rumney, 1999. Defeated at general elections 2011.
  • Federal: Chosen by the Parliament of Tasmania on 20.6.2012 under section 15 of the Constitution to represent that State in the Senate, vice Hon. N Sherry (resigned). Defeated at general elections 2013.
Committee service
  • Senate Standing: Scrutiny of Bills from 21.6.2012 to 11.11.2013; Publications from 12.11.2013 to 30.6.2014; Senators' Interests from 12.11.2013 to 6.3.2014.
  • Senate Select: Electricity Prices from 23.8.2012 to 1.11.2012; National Broadband Network from 14.11.2013 to 30.6.2014.
  • Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: Legislation from 27.6.2012 to 11.11.2013; Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: References from 27.6.2012 to 11.11.2013; Community Affairs: References from 25.2.2013 to 11.11.2013; Environment and Communications: References from 12.11.2013 to 30.6.2014; Community Affairs: References from 6.3.2014 to 30.6.2014.
  • Joint Statutory: Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings from 21.6.2012 to 5.8.2013.
  • Joint Standing: National Broadband Network from 21.6.2012 to 5.8.2013; Treaties from 21.6.2012 to 30.6.2014; Parliamentary Library (formerly Library) from 12.11.2013 to 30.6.2014.
Party positions
  • Delegate to the Australian Labor Party National Conference.
  • Vice-President of the Australian Labor Party State Branch (Tas.).
  • Assistant Secretary of the Australian Labor Party State Branch (Tas.).
  • Chair of the Australian Labor Party Platform Committee.
  • Member of the Australian Labor Party Administrative Committee (Tas.).
  • Secretary of the Australian Labor Party local branch.
  • Member of the Australian Labor Party from 1994.
  • Delegate to the Australian Labor Party State Conference (Tas.) from 1995.
Personal
  • Born 4.11.1953, Hobart, Australia
  • Married
Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
  • DipEd (University of Tasmania).
  • TCAE (Tasmanian College of Advanced Education).
  • BA (University of Tasmania).
  • Teacher 1977-99.
  • Health Research Consultant, Menzies Centre for Population 1991-95.
  • Medical School Consultant, University of Tasmania 1991-95.
  • Adviser to Senator SM Mackay 1996.
  • Member, Tasmanian Legislative Council 1999-2011.
Local government service
  • Elected to the Tasmanian Legislative Council for Rumney, 1999. Defeated at general elections 2011.
  • Deputy Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council from 2006 to 2011.
  • Minister for Human Services from 17.9.2008 to 21.4.2010.
  • Minister for Education and Skills from 21.4.2010 to 7.5.2011.
  • Minister for Children from 21.4.2010 to 7.5.2011.
  • Minister for Police and Emergency Management from 21.4.2010 to 7.5.2011.