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Former Senator John Faulkner

Former Senator John Faulkner

Former Senator

Party
Australian Labor Party
Chamber
Senate

Biography

Parliamentary service
  • Chosen by the Parliament of New South Wales on 4.4.1989 under section 15 of the Constitution to represent that State in the Senate, vice the Hon. A Gietzelt (resigned). Re-elected 1993, 1998, 2004 and 2010. Resigned 6.2.2015.
Parliamentary appointments
  • Member of the Advisory Council on Australian Archives from 27.6.1996 to 12.3.2008.
  • Member of the Parliamentary Retiring Allowances Trust from 1.7.2005 to 12.3.2008.
  • Member of the Advisory Council on Australian Archives from 30.9.2010 to 6.2.2015.
Ministerial appointments
  • Minister for Veterans' Affairs from 24.3.1993 to 25.3.1994.
  • Minister for Defence Science and Personnel from 24.3.1993 to 25.3.1994.
  • Minister for Sport and Territories from 1.3.1994 to 25.3.1994.
  • Minister for Environment, Sport and Territories from 25.3.1994 to 11.3.1996.
  • Cabinet Minister from 25.3.1994 to 11.3.1996.
  • Cabinet Minister from 3.12.2007 to 14.9.2010.
  • Special Minister of State from 3.12.2007 to 9.6.2009.
  • Cabinet Secretary from 3.12.2007 to 9.6.2009.
  • Vice-President of the Executive Council from 3.12.2007 to 14.9.2010.
  • Minister for Defence from 9.6.2009 to 14.9.2010.
Committee service
  • Senate Standing: Scrutiny of Delegated Legislation (formerly Regulations and Ordinances) from 30.5.1989 to 8.5.1990; Parliamentary Library from 11.5.1990 to 18.5.1993; Scrutiny of Bills from 11.5.1990 to 24.8.1990; Selection of Bills from 20.2.1991 to 12.5.1993; Procedure from 18.5.1993 to 6.2.2015; Appropriations and Staffing from 2.5.1996 to 6.2.2015; Parliamentary Library from 22.4.1999 to 11.2.2002; Parliamentary Library from 18.11.2004 to 7.12.2005; Privileges from 18.11.2004 to 11.2.2008; Privileges from 30.9.2010 to 6.2.2015.
  • Senate Select: Health Legislation and Health Insurance from 16.6.1989 to 24.8.1990; Political Broadcasts and Political Disclosures Bill from 16.8.1991 to 28.11.1991; Subscription Television Broadcasting Services from 26.6.1992 to 16.9.1992; Functions, Powers and Operation of the Australian Loan Council from 10.10.1992 to 19.5.1993; A Certain Maritime Incident from 14.2.2002 to 23.10.2002; Scrafton Evidence from 30.8.2004 to 9.12.2004.
  • Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Transport, Communications and Infrastructure from 10.4.1989 to 18.5.1993; Community Affairs from 12.4.1989 to 8.5.1990; Environment, Recreation and the Arts from 11.5.1990 to 6.3.1991; Industry, Science and Technology from 16.6.1992 to 23.6.1992; Finance and Public Administration: Legislation from 13.2.2002 to 15.9.2004; Finance and Public Administration: Legislation from 30.9.2010 to 6.2.2015; Finance and Public Administration: References from 30.9.2010 to 1.7.2011.
  • Senate Estimates: D from 14.4.1989 to 14.4.1989; E from 6.9.1989 to 11.4.1991; A from 23.4.1991 to 23.4.1991.
  • Joint Statutory: Public Accounts from 26.6.1997 to 18.11.1997; Public Accounts and Audit from 10.12.1998 to 12.10.2000; Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings (formerly Broadcasting) from 1.12.2004 to 11.2.2008; Intelligence and Security from 9.12.2005 to 11.2.2008; Intelligence and Security from 16.11.2010 to 6.2.2015.
  • Joint Standing: Electoral Matters from 16.5.1990 to 18.5.1993; Electoral Matters from 27.11.1997 to 11.2.2002; Electoral Matters from 9.3.2004 to 31.8.2004; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 30.9.2010 to 10.2.2011.
  • Joint Select: Intelligence Services from 28.6.2001 to 27.8.2001; Parliamentary Budget Office from 22.11.2010 to 23.3.2011.
Conferences, delegations and visits
  • Official visits to France, August-September 1993.
  • Official visits to USA, May 1994.
  • Official visits to USA and Canada, August 1994.
  • Official visits to New Zealand, October 1994.
  • Official visits to Germany, April 1995.
  • Official visits to USA, April 1995.
  • Official visits to Switzerland, July 1995.
  • Official visits to Indonesia, November 1995.
  • Parliamentary Delegate to the Australian Constitutional Convention, Canberra, February 1998.
  • Study tour, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, France and UK, December 1999-January 2000.
  • Study tour, UK, December 2002-January 2003.
  • Study tour, the Netherlands, Belgium and Afghanistan, June 2009.
  • Study tour, Singapore, July 2009.
  • Study tour, Timor-Leste, October 2009.
  • Study tour, Slovakia and India, October 2009.
  • Study tour, USA, November 2009.
  • Study tour, Afghanistan, November 2009.
  • Study tour, Turkey, February 2010.
  • Study tour, USA, April 2010.
  • Study tour, United Arab Emirates and Afghanistan, April 2010.
  • Study tour, Japan, May 2010.
  • Study tour, Singapore, Belgium, United Arab Emirates and Pakistan, June 2010.
Parliamentary party positions
  • Government Deputy Whip in the Senate from 12.2.1991 to 24.3.1993.
  • Manager of Government Business in the Senate from 24.3.1993 to 11.3.1996.
  • Leader of the Opposition in the Senate from 19.3.1996 to 22.10.2004.
  • Shadow Minister for Social Security from 20.3.1996 to 27.3.1997.
  • Shadow Minister for Public Administration and Government Services from 27.3.1997 to 26.8.1997.
  • Shadow Minister for Public Administration, Government Services and Territories from 26.8.1997 to 20.10.1998.
  • Shadow Minister for Public Administration and Government Services from 20.10.1998 to 25.11.2001.
  • Shadow Minister for Olympic Coordination and the Centenary of Federation from 20.10.1998 to 25.11.2001.
  • Shadow Minister for Public Administration and Home Affairs from 25.11.2001 to 18.2.2003.
  • Shadow Special Minister of State from 18.2.2003 to 22.10.2004.
  • Shadow Minister for Home Affairs from 18.2.2003 to 8.12.2003.
  • Shadow Minister for Public Administration and Accountability from 8.12.2003 to 22.10.2004.
Party positions
  • Delegate to the Australian Labor Party State Conference (NSW) from 1975.
  • Member of the Australian Labor Party Administrative Committee (NSW) from 1978 to 1989.
  • Assistant General Secretary of the Australian Labor Party State Branch (NSW) from 1980 to 1989.
  • Delegate to the Australian Labor Party National Conference from 1982.
  • Member of the Australian Labor Party National Executive from 1989 to 2009.
  • President of the Australian Labor Party from April 2007 to February 2008.
Personal
  • Born 12.4.1954, Leeton, Australia
Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
  • DipEd (Macquarie University).
  • BA (Macquarie University).
  • Teacher in Special Education from 1977 to 1979.
  • Research officer for the Minister for Sport and Recreation (NSW), 1980.
  • Party official from 1980 to 1989.