Former Senator the Hon. Paul Calvert

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Former Senator

Party
Liberal Party of Australia
Chamber
Senate

Biography

Parliamentary service
  • Elected to the Senate for Tasmania 1987. Re-elected 1990, 1996 and 2001. Resigned 29.8.2007.
Parliamentary positions
  • Temporary Chair of Committees from 14.6.89 to 4.3.97
  • Temporary Chair of Committees from 3.9.97 to 19.8.02
  • President of the Senate from 19.8.02 to 14.8.07
Committee service
  • Senate Standing: Publications from 17.9.1990 to 19.8.2002; Selection of Bills from 10.5.1995 to 19.8.2002; House from 13.2.1997 to 14.8.2007 (Chair from 19.8.2002 to 14.8.2007); Appropriations and Staffing from 19.8.2002 to 14.8.2007 (Chair from 19.8.2002 to 14.8.2007); Library from 19.8.2002 to 7.12.2005 (Chair from 19.8.2002 to 7.12.2005); Procedure from 19.8.2002 to 14.8.2007.
  • Senate Select: Animal Welfare from 24.9.1987 to 3.9.1991; Public Interest Whistleblowing from 27.9.1993 to 31.8.1994; Information Technologies from 1.9.1997 to 9.11.1998; Information Technologies from 31.3.1999 to 7.12.2000; A Certain Maritime Incident from 14.2.2002 to 11.3.2002.
  • Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Finance and Public Administration from 24.9.1987 to 17.9.1990; Employment, Education and Training from 14.2.1991 to 18.5.1993; Rural and Regional Affairs from 10.9.1991 to 21.10.1993; Rural and Regional Affairs from 7.12.1993 to 10.10.1994; Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: Legislation from 10.10.1994 to 8.3.1995; Employment, Education and Training: References from 10.10.1994 to 30.11.1994; Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: References from 10.10.1994 to 9.8.1999; Environment, Recreation, Communications and the Arts: References from 17.10.1994 to 29.4.1996; Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: Legislation from 30.5.1995 to 9.8.1999; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: Legislation from 30.6.1999 to 5.4.2000; Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts: Legislation from 5.4.2000 to 1.7.2002; Finance and Public Administration: Legislation from 11.5.2000 to 8.6.2000; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: Legislation from 10.11.2000 to 15.12.2000.
  • Senate Estimates: E from 1.9.1991 to 30.9.1991; E from 5.3.1992 to 6.5.1993; F from 6.5.1993 to 8.2.1994.
  • Joint Statutory: Public Works from 24.8.1990 to 19.8.2002; Australian Security Intelligence Organization from 30.6.1999 to 11.2.2002; ASIO, ASIS and DSD from 14.2.2002 to 19.8.2002; Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings from 19.8.2002 to 14.8.2007.
  • Joint Standing: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 30.6.1999 to 19.8.2002.
  • Joint Select: Intelligence Services from 28.6.2001 to 27.8.2001.
Conferences, delegations and visits
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Singapore, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea, July-August 1988
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to USSR, Mongolia and Japan, September-October 1990
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the 91st IPU Conference, Paris, March 1994
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the 91st IPU Conference, bilateral visit to Turkey, March-April 1994
  • Deputy Leader, Official Delegation to 92nd IPU Conference, Denmark and bilateral visits to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, August-September 1994
  • Deputy Leader, Official Delegation to 93rd IPU Conference, Madrid, and bilateral visits to Egypt and Israel, March-April 1995
  • Deputy Leader, Official Delegation to 94th IPU Conference, Bucharest, and bilateral visit to Slovenia, October 1995
  • Leader, Bilateral visit to Chile, August-September 1998
  • Study tour, Slovenia, September 1999
  • Study tour, Thailand and UK, September-October 2000
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to UK, September-October 2000
  • Member, Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs Legislation visit to New Zealand, May 2001
  • Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to 47th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference, Melbourne and Canberra, September 2001
  • Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to 48th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference, Namibia, September 2002
  • Attended CPA Executive Committee Meeting, Malaysia, April 2003
  • Official visit to UK and Ireland, April-May 2003
  • Attended 34th Presiding Officers and Clerks Conference, Tonga, June-July 2003
  • Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to Japan and Republic of Korea, December 2003
  • Attended CPA Mid-Year Executive Committee Meeting, Uganda, April 2004
  • Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to Belgium, the Netherlands and France, April-May 2004
  • Official visit to China, June 2004
  • Attended ANZAC Day Observance, London, April 2005
  • Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to the Russian Federation and bilateral visit to Italy, April-May 2005
  • Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to 51st Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference, Fiji Islands, September 2005
  • Attended 18th Commonwealth Speakers' and Presiding Officers' Conference, Kenya, and official visit to the United Kingdom, January 2006
  • Attended Mid-Year CPA Executive Committee Meeting, Isle of Man, April 2006
  • Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to Trinidad and Tobago and the USA, July 2006
  • Official visit to Cambodia and Vietnam, March 2007
  • Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to Malta and Spain, and official visit to Kuwait, April 2007
  • Official visit to London and Belfast, July 2007
Parliamentary party positions
  • Opposition Deputy Whip in the Senate from 9.5.1995 to 11.3.1996.
  • Government Deputy Whip in the Senate from 11.3.1996 to 11.2.1997.
  • Government Whip in the Senate from 11.2.1997 to 19.8.2002.
Personal
  • Born 19.1.1940, Hobart, Australia
  • Married
Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
  • Orchardist
  • Wool grower
  • President, Royal Agricultural Society of Tasmania 1987-90
Local government service
  • Councillor, Municipality of Clarence, Tasmania from 1976 to 1988
  • Deputy Warden, Municipality of Clarence, Tasmania from 1981 to 1983
  • Warden, Municipality of Clarence, Tasmania from 1983 to 1987