Mr Patrick Secker MP

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Former Member

Positions
Opposition Whip
Party
Liberal Party of Australia
Chamber
House of Representatives

Biography

Parliamentary service
  • Elected to the House of Representatives for Barker, South Australia, 1998. Re-elected 2001, 2004, 2007 and 2010. Retired prior to general elections 2013.
Parliamentary positions
  • Member, Speaker's Panel from 6.2.07 to 9.3.10
Committee service
  • Joint Statutory: Native Title and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Fund from 8.12.1998 to 31.8.2004.
  • Joint Standing: National Capital and External Territories from 1.12.2004 to 9.3.2010 (Deputy Chair from 18.2.2008 to 9.3.2010); National Capital and External Territories from 25.10.2010 to 20.8.2012; Public Works from 10.5.2011 to 5.8.2013.
  • House of Representatives Standing: Primary Industries and Regional Services from 8.12.1998 to 8.10.2001; Environment and Heritage from 29.3.2001 to 8.10.2001; Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 20.3.2002 to 17.10.2007; Transport and Regional Services from 20.3.2002 to 31.8.2004; Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry from 20.3.2002 to 17.10.2007; Economics, Finance and Public Administration from 9.2.2006 to 17.10.2007; Members' Interests from 9.2.2006 to 17.10.2007; Family, Community, Housing and Youth from 30.11.2009 to 10.2.2010; Selection from 30.9.2010 to 5.8.2013; Privileges and Members' Interests from 25.10.2010 to 5.8.2013.
Conferences, delegations and visits
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Indonesia and the Republic of Korea, July 2001
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Nigeria and South Africa, October-November 2002
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegations to New Zealand, May 2004
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to UK and Singapore, May 2006
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegations to New Zealand, July 2007
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum, Auckland, January 2008
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to South Africa, Jordan and United Arab Emirates, April 2008
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Canada, June 2008
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to New Zealand, August 2009
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to USA, September-October 2009
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Thailand, Hong Kong and China, March-April 2010
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Switzerland and France, October 2010
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Brazil and Panama, April 2011
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Switzerland, Germany and Austria, October 2011
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Uganda, Kazakhstan and Hungary, March-April 2012
Parliamentary party positions
  • Opposition Whip in the House of Representatives from 26.2.2010 to 5.8.2013.
Party positions
  • Member, Liberal Party State Council (SA) from 1982
  • Federal Vice-President, Young Liberals 1985-87
  • Delegate, Liberal Party Federal Council 1985-87
  • Member, Liberal Party State Executive 1985-87
  • Member, Liberal Party State Executive 1996-98
  • State Regional and Rural Chairman, Liberal Party (SA) 1996-98
  • Delegate, Liberal Party Federal Council 1996-98
Personal
  • Born 6.6.1956, Happy Valley, Australia
Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
  • B.Ec (Politics) (Flinders)
  • Primary producer 1974-98
  • Director, Maluka Investments 1984-94
  • Small business retailer 1985-86
  • Director, Upper South East Co-op 1995-96
  • Director, Green Desert Seeds 1996-99
Local government service
  • Councillor, Meadows District Council from 1981 to 1983.
  • Councillor, Mt Barker District Council from 1983 to 1992.
  • Chair, Southern Hills Local Government Association from 1988 to 1990.
  • Deputy Mayor, Mt Barker District Council from 1991 to 1992.
Electorate
  • Description: Rural
  • Location: south-eastern South Australia; it includes the centres of Barmera, Berri, Bordertown, Keith, Kingscote, Kingston SE, Loxton, Mannum, Millicent, Mt Gambier, Murray Bridge, Naracoorte, Nuriootpa, Penola, Renmark, Tailem Bend, Tanunda and Waikerie.
  • Area: 64015 Sq km
  • Electors enrolled: 104888 (at 21.8.2010)
  • Industries: beef and dairy cattle, sheep, fishing, cropping, forestry, timber, paper products, wine, fresh and dried fruit, vegetables, transport and tourism.
  • Electorate: Barker includes the South Australian House of Assembly electorates of Chaffey, MacKillop and Mount Gambier, and parts of Hammond, Kavel, Light, Schubert and Stuart.