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Former Senator Meg Lees

Former Senator Meg  Lees

Former Senator

Party
Australian Progressive Alliance
Chamber
Senate

Biography

Parliamentary service
  • Chosen by the Parliament of South Australia on 4.4.1990 under section 15 of the Constitution to represent that State in the Senate, vice J Haines (resigned). Elected to the Senate for South Australia 1993. Re-elected 1998. Defeated at general elections 2004.
Committee service
  • Joint Standing: Electoral Matters served from 19.8.1993 to 1.7.1996
  • Joint Statutory: Native Title and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Fund served from 9.8.2001 to 31.8.2004; Native Title and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Account served from 7.12.2004 to 30.6.2005
  • Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Community Affairs served from 1.6.1990 to 9.10.1994; Community Affairs: Legislation served from 10.10.1994 to 2.3.1998; Community Affairs: References served from 10.10.1994 to 30.10.1997; Environment, Recreation, Communications and the Arts: Legislation served from 15.11.1995 to 30.10.1997; Environment, Recreation, Communications and the Arts: References served as Chair from 15.11.1995 to 1.3.1998; Environment, Recreation, Communications and the Arts: References served from 2.3.1998 to 2.3.1998; Community Affairs: Legislation served as Substitute member from 6.4.1998 to 29.5.1998; Community Affairs: Legislation served as Substitute member from 2.12.1998 to 8.12.1998; Community Affairs: References served as Substitute member from 24.8.1999 to 7.12.2000; Community Affairs: References served as Substitute member from 22.5.2001 to 8.10.2001; Employment, Workplace Relations, Small Business and Education: Legislation served as Substitute member from 22.5.2001 to 9.8.2001; Employment, Workplace Relations, Small Business and Education: References served as Substitute member from 22.5.2001 to 9.8.2001; Education, Employment and Workplace Relations: Legislation served as Substitute member from 13.2.2002 to 27.8.2002; Education, Employment and Workplace Relations: References served as Substitute member from 13.2.2002 to 27.8.2002; Community Affairs: References served from 13.2.2002 to 30.6.2005; Legal and Constitutional Affairs: Legislation served as Substitute member from 13.2.2002 to 27.8.2002; Legal and Constitutional Affairs: References served as Substitute member from 13.2.2002 to 27.8.2002
  • Senate Select: Superannuation served from 13.8.1991 to 17.10.1991; Land Fund Bill served from 30.11.1994 to 9.2.1995; Uranium Mining and Milling served from 1.7.1996 to 15.5.1997; New Tax System served as Substitute member from 10.12.1998 to 30.4.1999; Medicare served from 15.5.2003 to 11.2.2004
Conferences, delegations and visits
  • Study tour, UK, July 2000.
  • Study tour, Thailand, June 2001.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Canada and China, November-December 2002.
Parliamentary party positions
  • Australian Democrats Spokesperson on Arts, Sport, Tourism and Territories; Status of Women from 8.5.1990 to 30.6.1990.
  • Australian Democrats Spokesperson on Social Security (including Retirement Income); Community Services (including Aged Care); Sport; Tourism from 1.7.1990 to 8.10.1991.
  • Deputy Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Australian Democrats from 3.10.1991 to 15.10.1997.
  • Australian Democrats Spokesperson on Community Services; Health; Ethnic Affairs; Social Security; Sport; Women from 8.10.1991 to 17.8.1992.
  • Australian Democrats Spokesperson on Employment; Health and Community Services; Social Security; Sport; Women from 17.8.1992 to 30.6.1993.
  • Australian Democrats Spokesperson on Community, Family and Aged Care Services; Consumer Affairs; Electoral Matters; Health; Housing; Sport; Veterans' Affairs from 1.7.1993 to 7.12.1995.
  • Australian Democrats Spokesperson on Environment; Family and Aged Care Services; Health; Sport; Veterans' Affairs from 7.12.1995 to 30.6.1996.
  • Australian Democrats Spokesperson on Environment; Health; Population; Resources and Energy; Sport from 1.7.1996 to 20.10.1997.
  • Australian Democrats Spokesperson on Commonwealth/State Relations; Energy and Resources; Environment; Health; Population; Prime Minister and Cabinet; Women from 20.10.1997 to 12.12.1997.
  • Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Australian Democrats from 5.12.1997 to 6.4.2001.
  • Australian Democrats Spokesperson on Prime Minister and Cabinet; Treasurer; Health; Energy and Resources; Commonwealth/State Relations; Women from 12.12.1997 to 1.1.1999.
  • Australian Democrats Spokesperson on Fisheries; Forestry and Conservation; Health; Prime Minister and Cabinet; Resources (including Energy); Sport (including Olympics); Status of Women; Treasurer from 1.1.1999 to 1.7.1999.
  • Australian Democrats Spokesperson on Health; Prime Minister and Cabinet; Sport (including Olympics); Status of Women; Treasurer from 1.7.1999 to 14.4.2001.
  • Australian Democrats Spokesperson on Consumer Affairs; Employment and Employment Services; Health; Local Government; Sport; Training from 14.4.2001 to 9.8.2001.
  • Australian Democrats Spokesperson on Consumer Affairs; Health; Indigenous Affairs; Local Government; Sport; Training from 9.8.2001 to 1.7.2002.
  • Australian Democrats Spokesperson on Child Care and Child Support; Health; Indigenous Affairs; Local Government; Sport; Training from 1.7.2002 to 26.7.2002.
Party positions
  • Secretary of the Australian Democrats Mt Gambier Branch from 1982 to 1985.
  • Delegate to the Australian Democrats State Council (SA) from 1983 to 1986.
  • Convenor of the Australian Democrats Policy Committee (SA) from 1986 to 1987.
  • Vice-President of the Australian Democrats State Branch (SA) from 1986 to 1987.
  • President of the Australian Democrats State Branch (SA) from 1987 to 1989.
Personal
  • Born 19.10.1948, Burwood, Australia
  • Married
Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
  • BEd (Adelaide College of Advanced Education).
  • DipPE (Sydney Teachers' College).
  • Teacher.
  • Councillor, Australian Conservation Foundation.
Honours
  • Appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia, 26.1.2018.

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