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Senator Dean Smith

Senator Dean Smith

Senator for WA

Positions
Chair of Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Bills
Deputy Chair of Joint Standing Committee on Implementation of the National Redress Scheme
Party
Liberal Party of Australia
Chamber
Senate

Seating Plan

Seating map

Electorate Office

(Principal Office)

Unit 2, 91-97 Wanneroo Road
Greenwood, WA, 6024

Postal address

PO Box 40
Madeley, WA, 6065

Telephone:
(08) 9343 4108

Parliament Office

PO Box 6100
Senate
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Telephone:
(02) 6277 3442

Biography

Parliamentary service
  • Chosen by the Parliament of Western Australia on 2.5.2012 under section 15 of the Constitution to represent that State in the Senate, vice J Adams (deceased). Elected to the Senate for Western Australia 2016. Re-elected 2022.
Parliamentary appointments
  • Member of the Advisory Council on Australian Archives from 26.7.2022.
Parliamentary positions
  • Temporary Chair of Committees from 12.11.2013 to 9.5.2016.
  • Temporary Chair of Committees from 19.9.2018 to 12.2.2019.
  • Temporary Chair of Committees from 26.7.2022.
Committee service
  • Joint Select: Northern Australia served from 1.7.2014 to 9.5.2016; Trade and Investment Growth served from 25.9.2014 to 9.5.2016; Implementation of the National Redress Scheme served from 11.11.2019 to 4.12.2019; Implementation of the National Redress Scheme served as Chair from 5.12.2019 to 1.12.2021; Northern Australia served from 4.8.2022 to present
  • Joint Standing: Treaties served from 9.5.2012 to 1.7.2014; National Broadband Network served from 10.9.2012 to 5.8.2013; National Disability Insurance Scheme served from 2.12.2013 to 1.7.2014; Northern Australia served from 12.9.2016 to 11.4.2022; National Broadband Network served from 15.9.2016 to 1.7.2019; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade served from 22.6.2017 to 15.10.2018; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade served as Chair from 16.10.2018 to 24.10.2018; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade served from 25.10.2018 to 1.7.2019; Migration served from 22.7.2019 to 14.10.2019; Parliamentary Library served as Joint Chair from 22.7.2019 to 13.5.2021; Implementation of the National Redress Scheme served from 1.8.2022 to 8.9.2022; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade served from 1.8.2022 to present; Implementation of the National Redress Scheme served as Deputy Chair from 8.9.2022 to present
  • Joint Statutory: Public Accounts and Audit served from 9.5.2012 to 9.5.2016; Human Rights served from 20.8.2012 to 4.12.2013; Human Rights served as Chair from 5.12.2013 to 4.3.2015; Public Works served from 2.3.2015 to 4.3.2015; Human Rights served from 4.3.2015 to 9.5.2016; Public Works served as Chair from 5.3.2015 to 9.5.2016; Public Accounts and Audit served as Chair from 12.9.2016 to 1.7.2019; Public Works served from 12.9.2016 to 22.3.2018; Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings served from 13.2.2019 to 1.7.2019
  • Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Community Affairs: Legislation served from 9.5.2012 to 4.2.2016; Community Affairs: References served from 9.5.2012 to 1.7.2014; Finance and Public Administration: Legislation served from 13.11.2013 to 23.2.2016; Finance and Public Administration: References served from 13.11.2013 to 23.2.2016; Education and Employment: Legislation served from 13.11.2013 to 2.12.2013; Community Affairs: References served as Substitute member from 8.7.2014 to 29.10.2014; Legal and Constitutional Affairs: Legislation served from 12.10.2015 to 9.5.2016; Legal and Constitutional Affairs: References served from 12.10.2015 to 9.5.2016; Economics: Legislation served from 23.2.2016 to 9.5.2016; Economics: References served from 23.2.2016 to 9.5.2016; Community Affairs: Legislation served from 1.9.2016 to 25.7.2022; Finance and Public Administration: Legislation served from 1.9.2016 to 1.7.2019; Environment and Communications: References served as Substitute member from 9.2.2017 to 21.3.2018; Economics: References served as Substitute member from 3.4.2017 to 3.4.2017; Economics: Legislation served from 1.8.2022 to present; Economics: References served from 1.8.2022 to present; Finance and Public Administration: References served from 1.8.2022 to present
  • Senate Select: National Broadband Network served from 2.12.2013 to 4.2.2016; Abbott Government's Commission of Audit served from 12.12.2013 to 19.6.2014; Scrutiny of Government Budget Measures served from 17.7.2014 to 9.5.2016; Red Tape served from 24.11.2016 to 17.8.2017; Exposure Draft of the Marriage Amendment (Same-Sex Marriage) Bill served from 1.12.2016 to 15.2.2017; Funding for Research into Cancers with Low Survival Rates served from 1.12.2016 to 28.11.2017; National Integrity Commission served from 15.2.2017 to 13.9.2017; Lending to Primary Production Customers served from 22.6.2017 to 17.8.2017; Electric Vehicles served from 27.6.2018 to 30.1.2019; Effectiveness of the Australian Government's Northern Australia Agenda served from 24.7.2019 to 28.4.2021; Cost of Living served from 25.10.2022 to present
  • Senate Standing: Privileges served from 13.11.2013 to 9.5.2016; Procedure served from 14.10.2015 to 9.5.2016; House served from 14.10.2015 to 9.5.2016; Privileges served from 1.9.2016 to 25.7.2022; Procedure served from 1.9.2016 to 10.9.2018; Appropriations, Staffing and Security served from 22.6.2017 to 13.2.2019; House served from 10.9.2018 to present; Selection of Bills served from 10.9.2018 to 25.7.2022; Procedure served from 13.2.2019 to 25.7.2022; Senators' Interests served from 2.7.2019 to 25.7.2022; Appropriations, Staffing and Security served from 2.7.2019 to 25.7.2022; Scrutiny of Bills served from 2.7.2019 to 25.7.2022; Publications served from 2.7.2019 to 14.10.2019; Scrutiny of Bills served as Chair from 3.8.2022 to present
Parliamentary party positions
  • Government Deputy Whip in the Senate from 13.10.2015 to 9.5.2016.
  • Government Deputy Whip in the Senate from 30.8.2016 to 21.1.2019.
  • Chief Government Whip in the Senate from 22.1.2019 to 26.7.2022.
  • Shadow Assistant Minister for Competition, Charities and Treasury from 5.6.2022.
Party positions
  • Member of the Liberal Party (WA) from 1987.
  • President of the Young Liberal Movement (WA) from 1990 to 1991.
  • Member of the Young Liberal Movement Federal Executive from 1990 to 1991.
  • Delegate to the Liberal Party State Council (WA) from 1990 to 1994.
  • Delegate to the Liberal Party State Council (WA) from 2007 to 2017.
  • Member of the Liberal Party State Executive (WA) from 2007 to 2012.
  • Treasurer of the Liberal Party State Branch (WA) from 2008 to 2012.
  • Member of the Liberal Party Management Executive (WA) from 2008 to 2012.
  • Delegate to the Liberal Party Federal Council from 2008 to 2012.
  • Patron of the Young Liberal Movement from 2013.
  • Vice-Patron of the Young Liberal Movement (WA) from 2013.
Personal
  • Born 15.5.1969, Perth, Australia
  • Single
Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
  • GradDipFinServ (Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance).
  • BA(Hons) (University of Western Australia).
  • Manager of Parliamentary and Policy for the Liberal Party Federal Secretariat from 1996 to 1998.
  • Principal Policy Adviser to the Premier (WA) from 1998 to 2001.
  • Senior Adviser to the Prime Minister from September to October 1998.
  • Chief of Staff to the Minister for Ageing from 2001 to 2002.
  • Special Adviser to the Minister for Justice and Customs, 2002.
  • General Manager for Government Relations at IAG from 2002 to 2004.
  • Head of Insurance Strategy at IAG from 2004 to 2005.
  • General Manager of Government Affairs at SingTel Optus from 2005 to 2009.
  • Owner of Smith&Duda Consulting from 2011 to 2012.
Honours
  • Distinguished Service Award, Liberal Party of Australia 2011.

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