Due to COVID-19 Parliament House has limited public access. Bookings are essential for all public visits.

Former Senator Andrew Murray

Former Senator Andrew Murray

Former Senator

Party
Australian Democrats
Chamber
Senate

Biography

Parliamentary service
  • Elected to the Senate for Western Australia 1996. Re-elected 2001. Retired with the expiration of term 2008.
Parliamentary positions
  • Temporary Chair of Committees from 9.8.2005 to 30.6.2008.
Committee service
  • Senate Standing: Scrutiny of Bills from 1.7.1996 to 30.6.2008; Appropriations and Staffing from 14.2.2008 to 30.6.2008.
  • Senate Select: Socio-Economic Consequences of the National Competition Policy from 8.7.1998 to 17.2.2000; New Tax System from 26.11.1998 to 30.4.1999.
  • Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Economics: Legislation from 1.7.1996 to 11.9.2006; Economics: References from 1.7.1996 to 30.9.1999; Finance and Public Administration: Legislation from 1.7.1996 to 11.9.2006; Finance and Public Administration: References from 1.7.1996 to 30.9.1999; Legal and Constitutional Affairs: Legislation from 3.3.1997 to 2.3.1998; Legal and Constitutional Affairs: References from 27.6.1997 to 2.3.1998; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: References from 23.6.2005 to 11.9.2006; Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: References from 23.6.2005 to 7.11.2005; Finance and Public Administration: References from 23.6.2005 to 11.9.2006; Economics: References from 23.6.2005 to 11.9.2006; Economics from 11.9.2006 to 30.6.2008; Finance and Public Administration from 11.9.2006 to 30.6.2008.
  • Joint Statutory: Corporations and Securities from 1.7.1996 to 11.2.2002; Public Accounts and Audit from 1.1.1998 to 30.6.2008; Corporations and Financial Services from 14.2.2002 to 30.6.2008.
  • Joint Standing: Electoral Matters from 6.2.1997 to 17.10.2007.
  • Joint Select: Retailing Sector from 10.12.1998 to 30.8.1999.
Conferences, delegations and visits
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Switzerland, June 1999.
  • Member, Official Australian Observer Mission to the Zimbabwe Elections, June 2000.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Ireland and China, July 2000.
  • Member, Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing Committee on Community Affairs visit to UK and Canada, April 2001.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to France, Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands, April-May 2004.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Denmark and Sweden, October 2005.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Malta and Spain, April 2007.
Parliamentary party positions
  • Australian Democrats Spokesperson on Communications (excluding Broadcasting); Industry, Transport and Regional Development; Accountability; Small Business and Commerce; Tourism from 1.7.1996 to 25.2.1997.
  • Australian Democrats Spokesperson on Industrial Relations; Attorney-General and Justice; Accountability; Industry; Transport; Regional Development; Small Business; Tourism from 25.2.1997 to 20.10.1997.
  • Australian Democrats Spokesperson on Accountability; Attorney-General and Justice (excluding Human Rights); Electoral Matters; Industrial Relations; Industry; Small Business; Treasury and Finance from 20.10.1997 to 12.12.1997.
  • Australian Democrats Spokesperson on Accountability; Finance and Taxation; Industrial Relations; Industry; Customs; Small Business; Electoral Matters from 12.12.1997 to 1.1.1999.
  • Australian Democrats Spokesperson on Accountability; Business and Corporate Affairs; Customs; Finance and Administration; Financial Services and Regulation; Industry; Small Business; Workplace Relations from 1.1.1999 to 1.7.1999.
  • Australian Democrats Spokesperson on Accountability; Business and Corporate Affairs; Customs; Small Business; Workplace Relations from 1.7.1999 to 14.2.2002.
  • Australian Democrats Spokesperson on Accountability; Business and Corporate Affairs; Customs; Finance and Administration; Small Business; Tax Reform; Workplace Relations from 14.2.2001 to 14.4.2001.
  • Australian Democrats Spokesperson on Accountability; Business and Corporate Affairs; Customs; Electoral Matters; Finance and Administration; Small Business; Taxation; Workplace Relations from 14.4.2001 to 1.7.2002.
  • Australian Democrats Spokesperson on Accountability; Business and Corporate Affairs; Customs; Electoral Matters; Finance and Administration; Small Business; Special Minister of State; Taxation; Workplace Relations from 1.7.2002 to 28.7.2002.
  • Australian Democrats Spokesperson on Accountability; Business and Corporate Affairs; Customs; Electoral Matters; Finance and Administration; Small Business; Special Minister of State; Taxation; Workplace Relations from 12.8.2002 to 24.10.2002.
  • Australian Democrats Spokesperson on Accountability; Customs; Electoral Matters and Public Administration; Public Service; Taxation, Finance and Corporate Affairs; Workplace Relations from 24.10.2002 to 1.7.2005.
  • Australian Democrats Spokesperson on Accountability; Electoral Matters; Taxation, Finance and Corporate Affairs; Workplace Relations from 1.7.2005 to 30.6.2008.
Party positions
  • Member of the Australian Democrats from 1994.
  • Deputy Convener of the Australian Democrats State Branch (WA) from 1994 to 1996.
  • Manager of the Australian Democrats Campaign Committee (WA) from 1995 to 1998.
Other positions
  • Honorary Life Member of the National Union of South African Students from 1969.
  • Honorary Life Member of the Federated Hotel Liquor and Catering Association of South Africa from 1977.
Personal
  • Born 29.1.1947, Hove, England
  • Married
Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
  • BA(Hons) (Rhodes University).
  • MA (University of Oxford).
  • Rhodes Scholar.
  • Businessman from 1973 to 1996.
Military Service
  • Territorial Member, Rhodesian Air Force 1969-77.
Publications
  • A conspiracy of giants: the South African liquor industry (with M Fridjhon), Divaris Stein, South Africa: 1986.
  • Leases, landlords and tenants, A Murray, West Perth, WA: 1997.
  • Judging the Judges (with Felicity Maher), Alternative Law Journal 23(4), 1998.
  • The Northern Territory: In What State Now? (with Marilyn Rock), Australian Quarterly, 1998.
  • State of the Territory (with Marilyn Rock), Australian Quarterly, 1999.
  • The Dangerous Art of Giving (with Marilyn Rock), Australian Quarterly, 2000.
  • 'Using the Popular Vote to Decide National Questions', in Trusting the people: an elected President for an Australian republic, introduced by Andrew Murray, Design by Design Practitioners, Perth: 2001.
  • The Enduring Legacy of Growing Up in Care in 20th Century Australia (with Marilyn Rock), Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Perth: 2005.
  • One Regulator One System One Law: The Case for Introducing a New Regulatory System for the Not for Profit Sector, A Murray, 2006.
  • A Proposal for Simplifying the Legal Form and Regulation of Small For-Profit Businesses and Not-For-Profit Entities, A Murray, 2008.
  • The Forgotten Australians: Identity, Records and Their Search for the Past, Fourth International Conference on the History of Records and Archives, Perth: 2008.
  • Review of Operation Sunlight: Overhauling budgetary transparency [Report to the Government], A Murray, Canberra: 2008.
  • Can Better Political Governance Give Australia an Improved Political Class?, Journal of Policy Analysis and Reform 16.3, 2009.
  • "Essential Linkages - Situating Political Governance Transparency and Accountability in the Broader Reform Agenda" in Critical Reflections on Australian Public Policy: selected essays [John Wanna ed.], ANU E Press, 2009.
  • Budgets and Finance: Sunlight and the Dark Arts, Department of the Senate, 2011.
  • "Applying Fiduciary Duty in Real Politik", in Fiduciary Duty and the Atmospheric Trust [K Coghill, C Sampford and T Smith eds.], Ashgate Publishing, 2012.
  • Children in Need: Why Records Are Central to Identity and Justice, Geoffrey Bolton Invitation Lecture, Perth: 2016.