Former Senator the Hon Helen Coonan

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Former Senator

Party
Liberal Party of Australia
Chamber
Senate

Biography

Parliamentary service
  • Elected to the Senate for New South Wales 1996. Re-elected 2001 and 2007. Resigned 22.8.2011.
Parliamentary positions
  • Temporary Chair of Committees from 16.8.11 to 22.8.11
Ministerial appointments
  • Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer from 26.11.2001 to 18.7.2004.
  • Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts from 18.7.2004 to 3.12.2007.
  • Cabinet Minister from 18.7.2004 to 3.12.2007.
Committee service
  • Senate Standing: Privileges from 1.7.1996 to 31.8.1999; Regulations and Ordinances from 22.9.1997 to 27.1.1998; Scrutiny of Bills from 24.11.1998 to 31.8.1999; Selection of Bills from 24.11.1998 to 11.2.2002; Regulations and Ordinances from 31.3.1999 to 11.2.2002 (Chair from 12.8.1999 to 26.11.2001); Procedure from 22.6.2006 to 11.8.2006; Selection of Bills from 23.9.2008 to 13.5.2009; Scrutiny of Bills from 13.10.2008 to 1.7.2011 (Chair from 15.10.2008 to 1.7.2011).
  • Senate Select: Socio-Economic Consequences of the National Competition Policy from 10.3.1999 to 17.2.2000.
  • Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Community Affairs: Legislation from 1.7.1996 to 15.5.1997; Community Affairs: References from 22.8.1996 to 15.5.1997; Environment, Recreation, Communications and the Arts: References from 13.2.1997 to 1.9.1997; Legal and Constitutional: Legislation from 26.2.1997 to 11.2.2002; Legal and Constitutional: References from 26.2.1997 to 11.2.2002; Community Affairs: References from 2.2.2010 to 1.7.2011.
  • Joint Statutory: Public Accounts from 7.5.1997 to 1.1.1998; Public Accounts and Audit from 1.1.1998 to 11.2.2002; Corporations and Financial Services from 1.7.2008 to 13.10.2008; Intelligence and Security from 5.12.2008 to 25.6.2009.
  • Joint Standing: Treaties from 26.2.1997 to 11.2.2002; Treaties from 1.7.2011 to 22.8.2011.
  • Joint Select: Intelligence and Security from 28.6.2001 to 27.8.2001.
Conferences, delegations and visits
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Taiwan, 2000
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to New Zealand, March 2000
  • Official visits to Fiji, July 2003
  • Official visits to USA, January 2005
  • Official visits to UK and Italy, April-May 2005
  • Official visits to Peru, Chile, Brazil and Republic of Korea, May-June 2005
  • Official visits to India, October 2005
  • Official visits to USA, April-May 2006
  • Official visits to Israel and UK, November 2006
Parliamentary party positions
  • Government Deputy Whip in the Senate from 10.11.1998 to 23.11.2001.
  • Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate from 27.1.2006 to 3.12.2007.
  • Member of the Opposition Shadow Ministry from 6.12.2007 to 8.12.2009.
  • Shadow Minister for Human Services from 6.12.2007 to 22.9.2008.
  • Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs from 22.9.2008 to 16.2.2009.
  • Manager of Opposition Business in the Senate from 22.9.2008 to 16.2.2009.
  • Shadow Minister for Finance, Competition Policy and Deregulation from 16.2.2009 to 8.12.2009.
Party positions
  • Member, Liberal Party from 1990
  • Executive Committee, Liberal Party Sydney City Branch 1991-92
  • President, Liberal Party Watsons Bay Branch 1994-95
  • Delegate, Liberal Party Women's Council 1994-96
  • Member, Liberal Party Women's Forum 1994-96
  • Vice-President, Liberal Party Watsons Bay Branch 1995-96
Personal
  • Born 29.10.1947, Wagga Wagga, Australia
  • Married
Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
  • B.A (Syd)
  • LL.B (Syd)
  • Barrister and solicitor
  • Attorney, New York
  • Mediator
Publications
  • 'Law of contract' in An annual survey of Australian law (with K Lindgren), Law Book Company, Sydney: 1987
  • 'Law of contract' in An annual survey of Australian law (with K Lindgren), Law Book Company, Sydney: 1988