Former Senator Penny Wright

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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 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, Australian Greens from 1995
  • Delegate, Australian Greens State Council (SA) 2008-10
  • Member, Grievance Committee 2008-10
  • Branch Convener, Inner Southern Greens 2009-10
Personal
  • Born 19.1.1961, Red Cliffs, Australia
  • Married
Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
  • B.A (Melb.)
  • LL.B (Melb.)
  • Grad.Dip.Env.Studies (Adel)
  • Solicitor, Ballarat 1984-86
  • Solicitor, Tenants' Union of Victoria 1986-88
  • Member, Residential Tenancies Tribunal 1993-2003
  • University lecturer, Flinders University 1994-98
  • Deputy President, Guardianship Board 1996-2010
  • Conciliator and investigating solicitor, Legal Practitioners Conduct Board 2003-06
  • Member, Social Security Appeals Tribunal 2006-07
  • Family mediator 2007-10