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Former Senator Penny Wright

Former Senator Penny Wright

Former Senator

Party
Australian Greens
Chamber
Senate

Biography

Parliamentary service
  • Elected to the Senate for South Australia 2010. Resigned 10.9.2015.
Committee service
  • Senate Select: School Funding from 12.12.2013 to 9.7.2014.
  • Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Legal and Constitutional Affairs: Legislation from 5.7.2011 to 24.6.2015; Legal and Constitutional Affairs: References from 5.7.2011 to 24.6.2015 (Chair from 2.12.2013 to 24.6.2015).
  • Joint Statutory: Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity from 4.7.2011 to 22.3.2012; Law Enforcement (formerly National Crime Authority from 15.6.1984 to 1.1.2003 and Australian Crime Commission from 1.1.2003 to 24.11.2010) from 4.7.2011 to 9.5.2012; Human Rights from 22.3.2012 to 10.9.2015.
Parliamentary party positions
  • Australian Greens Spokesperson on Attorney-General (excluding National Security), Native Title, Veterans' Affairs, Social Inclusion, Mental Health, Heritage from 1.7.2011 to 1.7.2012.
  • Australian Greens Spokesperson on Attorney-General (excluding National Security), Mental Health, Schools and Education, Social Inclusion, Veterans' Affairs from 1.7.2012 to 11.11.2013.
  • Australian Greens Spokesperson on Attorney-General, Schools, Veterans' Affairs, Mental Health, Employment and Workplace Relations (Senate) from 11.11.2013 to 1.7.2014.
  • Australian Greens Spokesperson on Attorney-General, Mental Health, Schools from 1.7.2014 to 25.5.2015.
  • Australian Greens Spokesperson on Attorney-General, Schools, Mental Health from 25.5.2015 to 10.9.2015.
Party positions
  • Member of the Australian Greens from 1995.
  • Delegate to the Australian Greens State Council (SA) from 2008 to 2010.
  • Member of the Australian Greens Grievance Committee from 2008 to 2010.
  • Convener of the Inner Southern Greens Branch from 2009 to 2010.
Personal
  • Born 19.1.1961, Red Cliffs, Australia
  • Married
Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
  • GradDipEnvSt (University of Adelaide).
  • BA (University of Melbourne).
  • LLB (University of Melbourne).
  • Solicitor, Ballarat (Vic.) from 1984 to 1986.
  • Solicitor for the Tenants' Union (Vic.) from 1986 to 1988.
  • Member of the Residential Tenancies Tribunal from 1993 to 2003.
  • Lecturer at Flinders University from 1994 to 1998.
  • Deputy President of the Guardianship Board from 1996 to 2010.
  • Conciliator and Investigating Solicitor for the Legal Practitioners Conduct Board from 2003 to 2006.
  • Member of the Social Security Appeals Tribunal from 2006 to 2007.
  • Family mediator from 2007 to 2010.