Former Senator the Hon Brett Mason

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Former Senator

Party
Liberal Party of Australia
Chamber
Senate

Biography

Parliamentary service
  • Elected to the Senate for Queensland 1998. Re-elected 2004 and 2010. Resigned 15.4.2015.
Ministerial appointments
  • Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Ageing from 21.3.2007 to 3.12.2007.
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs from 18.9.2013 to 23.12.2014.
Committee service
  • Senate Standing: Regulations and Ordinances from 1.7.1999 to 23.3.2007; Scrutiny of Bills from 31.8.1999 to 23.3.2007; Publications from 13.2.2008 to 11.11.2013.
  • Senate Select: A Certain Maritime Incident from 11.3.2002 to 23.10.2002.
  • Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Community Affairs: Legislation from 1.7.1999 to 8.6.2000; Legal and Constitutional Affairs: Legislation from 1.7.1999 to 11.9.2006; Finance and Public Administration: Legislation from 17.2.2000 to 11.9.2006 (Chair from 17.2.2000 to 11.9.2006); Finance and Public Administration from 11.9.2006 to 23.10.2006; Finance and Public Administration from 22.12.2006 to 23.3.2007; Education and Employment: Legislation from 3.3.2015 to 15.4.2015.
  • Joint Statutory: Native Title and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Fund from 8.2.2001 to 1.7.2002; Corporations and Financial Services from 15.10.2008 to 19.7.2010; Australian Crime Commission from 25.10.2010 to 25.11.2010; Law Enforcement from 25.11.2010 to 16.3.2012.
  • Joint Standing: Electoral Matters from 1.7.1999 to 26.2.2007; Treaties from 1.7.1999 to 23.3.2007.
Conferences, delegations and visits
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia, November 2003
  • Parliamentary Adviser, United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), New York, September-December 2006
Parliamentary party positions
  • Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Education from 6.12.2007 to 8.12.2009.
  • Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Education and School Curriculum Standards from 8.12.2009 to 14.9.2010.
  • Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research from 8.12.2009 to 14.9.2010.
  • Member of the Opposition Shadow Ministry from 14.9.2010 to 18.9.2013.
  • Shadow Minister for Universities and Research from 14.9.2010 to 18.9.2013.
Party positions
  • Member, Liberal Party State Executive (Qld) 1995-98
  • Chair, Brisbane Federal Electorate Council 1995-97
  • Vice-Chair, State Standing Committee on Policy (Qld) 1997-98
Personal
  • Born 5.3.1962, Canberra, Australia
Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
  • B.A (ANU)
  • LL.B(Hons) (ANU)
  • M.Phil (Cantab)
  • Ph.D (Griffith)
  • Barrister
  • Lecturer in Criminology, Queensland University of Technology
Honours
  • Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal 2003
Publications
  • Privacy without principle: the use and abuse of privacy in Australian law and public policy Australian Scholarly Publishing Melbourne 2006
  • Future proofing Australia: the right answers for our future (ed. with D Wood) Melbourne University Press 2013