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Former Senator Amanda Vanstone

Former Senator Amanda Vanstone

Former Senator

Party
Liberal Party of Australia
Chamber
Senate

Biography

Parliamentary service
  • Elected to the Senate for South Australia 1984. Re-elected 1987, 1993, 1998 and 2004. Resigned 26.4.2007.
Parliamentary positions
  • Temporary Chair of Committees from 18.2.1991 to 5.5.1993.
Ministerial appointments
  • Minister for Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs from 11.3.1996 to 9.10.1997.
  • Cabinet Minister from 11.3.1996 to 9.10.1997.
  • Minister for Justice from 9.10.1997 to 21.10.1998.
  • Minister for Justice and Customs from 21.10.1998 to 30.1.2001.
  • Minister for Family and Community Services from 30.1.2001 to 7.10.2003.
  • Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women from 30.1.2001 to 7.10.2003.
  • Cabinet Minister from 30.1.2001 to 30.1.2007.
  • Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Reconciliation from 7.10.2003 to 26.10.2004.
  • Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs from 7.10.2003 to 27.1.2006.
  • Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Indigenous Affairs from 26.10.2004 to 27.1.2006.
  • Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs from 27.1.2006 to 30.1.2007.
Committee service
  • Senate Standing: Regulations and Ordinances from 26.2.1985 to 5.6.1987; Standing Orders from 12.2.1986 to 5.6.1987; Parliamentary Library from 6.9.1989 to 11.9.1990; Scrutiny of Bills from 11.5.1990 to 22.9.1994.
  • Senate Select: Sales Tax Legislation from 25.6.1992 to 19.8.1992.
  • Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Finance and Government Operations from 26.2.1985 to 5.6.1987; Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 11.5.1990 to 10.10.1994; Legal and Constitutional Affairs: References from 10.10.1994 to 29.4.1996.
  • Senate Estimates: F from 26.3.1985 to 24.3.1987; E from 24.3.1987 to 5.6.1987; F from 24.9.1987 to 29.9.1988; E from 9.5.1990 to 6.5.1993; F from 8.2.1994 to 12.5.1994.
  • Joint Statutory: Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings (formerly Broadcasting) from 14.5.1990 to 2.6.1994; Law Enforcement (formerly National Crime Authority from 15.6.1984 to 1.1.2003 and Australian Crime Commission from 1.1.2003 to 24.11.2010) from 16.5.1990 to 29.1.1996.
  • Joint Standing: New Parliament House (formerly New and Permanent Parliament House before 3.12.1980) from 30.10.1989 to 19.2.1990.
Conferences, delegations and visits
  • Official visits to Malaysia, Indonesia and India, October 1996.
  • Hong Kong and Republic of Korea, September 1997.
  • New Zealand, June and November 1998.
  • Thailand, Vietnam, China, Hong Kong, UK and USA, March-April 1999.
  • East Timor, December 1999.
  • Thailand, Switzerland and Italy, March 2000.
  • Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Spain and UK, April 2000.
  • Switzerland, Italy, Thailand and Laos, January 2000.
  • France and Switzerland, June 2000.
  • Norway, the Netherlands and Italy, November 2000.
  • China, Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia, April-May 2002.
  • USA, Mexico, UK, Ireland and France, September-October 2002.
  • China and Vietnam, January 2003.
  • Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia, March 2003.
  • Thailand, China and Vietnam, April-May 2004.
  • Papua New Guinea, December 2004.
  • Indonesia, February-March 2005.
  • USA and Canada, April-May 2005.
  • Hong Kong, Italy Switzerland, UK and China.
  • Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka, March 2006.
  • Thailand and Indonesia, June 2006.
  • New Zealand, July 2006.
  • USA, September 2006.
Parliamentary party positions
  • Shadow Special Minister of State from 14.8.1987 to 16.9.1988.
  • Shadow Minister for the Status of Women from 14.8.1987 to 16.9.1988.
  • Shadow Minister for the Australian Capital Territory from 16.9.1987 to 16.9.1988.
  • Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate from 12.5.1989 to 11.4.1990.
  • Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Leader of the Opposition from 12.5.1989 to 11.4.1990.
  • Shadow Minister for Justice and Consumer Affairs from 7.4.1993 to 26.5.1994.
  • Shadow Attorney-General from 26.5.1994 to 11.3.1996.
  • Shadow Minister for Justice from 26.5.1994 to 11.3.1996.
Party positions
  • Chair of the Liberal Party Women's Council (SA) from 1979 to 1982.
  • Coordinator of the Liberal Party Policy Committee (SA) from 1982 to 1984.
  • Delegate to the Liberal Party Federal Council from 1983 to 1983.
Personal
  • Born 7.12.1952, Adelaide, Australia
  • Married
Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
  • Solicitor.
  • Retailer, wholesaler.