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Senator Wendy Askew

Senator Wendy Askew

Senator for TAS

Positions
Chief Opposition Whip in the Senate
Deputy Chair of Standing Committee on Publications
Party
Liberal Party of Australia
Chamber
Senate

Seating Plan

Seating map

Electorate Office

(Principal Office)

46 Cameron Street
Launceston, TAS, 7250

Postal address

PO Box 97
Launceston, TAS, 7250

Telephone:
(03) 6331 8501
Local Call*:
1300 134 468

*Calls will be charged at a local rate. Charges may vary for mobile phones

Parliament Office

PO Box 6100
Senate
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Telephone:
(02) 6277 3404

Biography

Parliamentary service
  • Appointed by the Governor of Tasmania on 6.3.2019 under section 15 of the Constitution to represent that State in the Senate, vice D Bushby (resigned). Elected to the Senate for Tasmania, 2022.
Parliamentary positions
  • Temporary Chair of Committees from 2.7.2019 to 26.7.2022.
Committee service
  • Joint Standing: National Disability Insurance Scheme served from 3.4.2019 to 11.4.2022; Parliamentary Library served from 22.7.2019 to 17.6.2021; Electoral Matters served from 22.7.2019 to 11.4.2022; Parliamentary Library served as Chair from 18.6.2021 to 11.4.2021
  • Joint Statutory: Law Enforcement served from 1.8.2022 to present
  • Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Community Affairs: Legislation served from 3.4.2019 to 1.7.2019; Community Affairs: References served from 3.4.2019 to 1.7.2019; Education and Employment: Legislation served from 3.4.2019 to 1.7.2019; Community Affairs: Legislation served as Chair from 2.7.2019 to 25.7.2022; Community Affairs: References served as Deputy Chair from 3.7.2019 to present
  • Senate Select: Work and Care served from 4.8.2022 to present
  • Senate Standing: Publications served from 1.8.2022 to present; Senators' Interests served from 1.8.2022 to present; House served from 1.8.2022 to present
Parliamentary party positions
  • Opposition Chief Whip in the Senate from 26.7.2022.
Party positions
  • Member of the Liberal Party (Tas.) from 2002.
  • Delegate to the Liberal Party State Council (Tas.) from 2004. .
  • Member of the Liberal Party State Executive (Tas.) from 2005 to 2008.
  • Treasurer of the Liberal Party (Tas.) from 2005 to 2006.
  • Senior Vice-President of the Liberal Party (Tas.) from 2006 to 2007.
  • Delegate (Tas.) to the Liberal Party Federal Council from 2006 to 2008.
  • Member of the Liberal Party State Executive (Tas.) from 2013 to 2016.
  • Delegate (Tas.) to the Liberal Party Federal Council from 2014 to 2016.
  • Senior Vice-President of the Liberal Party (Tas.), 2016.
Personal
  • Born 16.3.1963, Launceston, Australia
  • Married
Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
  • DipBusMgmt (TAFE Tasmania).
  • DipBusMgmt (HR) (TAFE Tasmania).
  • Graduate (Australian Institute of Company Directors).
  • Bank Officer and Manager from 1980 to 2002.
  • Electorate Officer to Senator G Barnett from 2002 to 2003.
  • Electorate Officer to M Ferguson, MP from 2004 to 2007.
  • Office Manager to the Leader of the Opposition, the Hon. W Hodgman MHA (Tas.) from 2008 to 2009.
  • General Manager in the disability sector from 2009 to 2010.
  • Bank Manager from 2010 to 2013.
  • Electorate Officer to A Nikolic AM CSC, MP from 2013 to 2016.
  • Adviser to S Courtney, MP (Tas.), 2016.
  • Adviser to the Hon. D Tehan, MP from 2016 to 2019.

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