Former Senator Sue West

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Former Senator

Party
Australian Labor Party
Chamber
Senate

Biography

Parliamentary service
  • Chosen by the Parliament of New South Wales on 11.2.1987, vice the Hon. D McClelland (resigned).
  • Defeated at general elections 1987.
  • Elected 1990 (term began 1.7.1990) and 1996. Retired 30.6.2002.
Parliamentary positions
  • Temporary Chairman of Committees from 5.5.93 to 6.5.97.
  • Deputy President and Chair of Committees from 6.5.97 to 19.8.02.
Committee service
  • Senate Standing: House from 2.5.96 (Chair from 6.5.97) to 30.6.02; Procedure from 6.5.97 (Chair from 6.5.97) to 30.6.02.
  • Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Education and the Arts from 18.2.87 to 5.6.87; Science, Technology and the Environment from 25.2.87 to 5.6.87; Community Affairs from 24.8.90 (Chair from 25.5.93) to 10.10.94; Community Affairs: Legislation Committee from 10.10.94 (Chair from 10.10.94) to 29.4.96 and References Committee from 10.10.94 to 13.5.97 (Chair from 19.9.96 to 6.5.97) and from 31.8.01 to 11.2.02 (Chair from 31.8.01 to 11.2.02); Environment, Recreation and the Arts from 24.8.90 to 10.10.94; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 17.10.90 to 10.10.94; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: Legislation Committee from 10.10.94 to 29.4.96 and References Committee from 10.10.94 to 30.6.02; Rural and Regional Affairs from 10.9.91 to 10.10.94; Finance and Public Administration: References Committee from 1.12.95 to 30.12.95.
  • Participating member, Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: Legislation Committee from 10.10.94 to 29.4.96 and from 27.6.96 to 9.11.98 and References Committees from 10.10.94 to 29.4.96 and from 27.6.96 to 11.2.02; Participating member, Economics: Legislation Committee from 11.9.96 to 4.12.96; Participating member, Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: Legislation Committee from 11.9.96 to 9.11.98; Participating member, Community Affairs: Legislation Committee from 6.11.96 to 9.11.98 and References Committee from 19.6.97 to 31.8.01 and from 14.2.02 to 30.6.02.
  • Senate Select: Health Legislation and Health Insurance from 24.8.90 to 20.12.90; Superannuation from 14.8.91 to 29.4.96; Aircraft Noise in Sydney from 23.3.95 to 24.8.95.
  • Senate Estimates: E from 24.3.87 to 5.6.87 and from 24.8.90 (Chair from 10.5.93) to 10.2.94; C from 10.2.94 to 10.10.94.
  • Joint Statutory: Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings from 29.5.96 to 30.6.02.
  • Joint Standing: New Parliament House from 25.2.87 to 5.6.87; Australian Capital Territory from 24.8.90 to 7.5.92; National Capital from 7.5.92 to 20.5.93; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 7.6.95 to 29.1.96; National Capital and External Territories from 27.5.97 to 11.2.02.
Conferences, delegations and visits
  • Member, Australian Political Exchange Council Delegation to USA 1986.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to UK and Jersey 1991.
  • Member, Official Delegation to the Republic of Korea, Japan and Taiwan, July 1994.
  • Attended CPA Regional Conference of Presiding Officers and Clerks, Nauru, July 1997.
  • Parliamentary Delegate to the Australian Constitutional Convention, Canberra, February 1998.
  • Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to the European Parliamentary Institutions, France and Belgium, April 1998.
  • Leader, Australian Political Exchange Council Delegation to UK, February-March 1999.
  • Bilateral visits to Sweden and Estonia, October 1999.
  • Study tour, Spain, February 2000; New Zealand, August 2000; Mozambique, November 2000; Japan, March 2001.
Party positions
  • Delegate, ALP National Conference 1986 and 1998.
  • Proxy delegate, ALP National Conference 1981, 1982 and 1984.
  • ALP Caucus Secretary from 1993.
  • ALP International Secretary from 1998.
  • Various executive positions at Branch and Electorate Council level.
Personal
  • Born 21.9.1947, Cowra, NSW.
  • Widowed.
Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
  • Registered nurse, midwife and Mothercraft nurse.
  • DipCommHealthNsg (Cumberland College).
  • Member, Mitchell College Council, Bathurst, NSW 1978-84.
  • Member, NSW College of Nursing.
  • Electorate officer.
  • Ministerial consultant.