Former Senator the Hon Christopher Evans

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Former Senator

Party
Australian Labor Party
Chamber
Senate

Biography

Parliamentary service
  • Elected to the Senate for Western Australia 1993. Re-elected 1998, 2004 and 2010. Resigned 12.4.2013.
Ministerial appointments
  • Minister for Immigration and Citizenship from 3.12.2007 to 14.9.2010.
  • Cabinet Minister from 3.12.2007 to 4.2.2013.
  • Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations from 14.9.2010 to 14.12.2011.
  • Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research from 14.12.2011 to 4.2.2013.
Committee service
  • Senate Standing: Library from 1.7.1993 to 29.4.1996; House from 1.3.1995 to 30.5.1995; Selection of Bills from 2.5.1996 to 9.11.1998; Privileges from 24.11.1998 to 15.11.2004; Appropriations and Staffing from 18.11.2004 to 4.2.2013; Procedure from 18.11.2004 to 4.2.2013.
  • Senate Select: Superannuation from 1.9.1993 to 9.11.1998; Certain Land Fund Matters from 19.9.1995 to 30.11.1995.
  • Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Rural and Regional Affairs from 1.7.1993 to 9.6.1994; Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 1.7.1993 to 10.10.1994; Legal and Constitutional Affairs: References from 10.10.1994 to 29.3.1995; Legal and Constitutional Affairs: Legislation from 10.10.1994 to 29.3.1995; Economics: References from 10.10.1994 to 20.11.1995; Economics: Legislation from 10.10.1994 to 20.11.1995; Finance and Public Administration: Legislation from 29.3.1995 to 29.4.1996; Finance and Public Administration: References from 29.3.1995 to 1.12.1995; Finance and Public Administration: References from 30.12.1995 to 29.4.1996; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: Legislation from 2.5.1996 to 13.2.1997; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: References from 2.5.1996 to 13.2.1997; Community Affairs: Legislation from 24.11.1998 to 11.2.2002; Community Affairs: References from 24.11.1998 to 11.2.2002; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: Legislation from 13.2.2002 to 15.11.2004.
  • Senate Estimates: B from 1.7.1993 to 10.10.1994.
  • Joint Statutory: Native Title from 25.3.1994 to 29.3.1995 (Chair from 12.5.1994 to 29.3.1995); Native Title and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Account from 29.3.1995 to 31.8.1998 (Chair from 29.3.1995 to 29.1.1996); Native Title and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Account from 7.9.2005 to 23.3.2006.
  • Joint Standing: Electoral Matters from 1.7.1993 to 29.1.1996; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 14.2.2002 to 31.8.2004.
Conferences, delegations and visits
  • Chair, Official Committee Exchange to New Zealand by Joint Committee on Native Title, August 1995
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to East Timor, March 2002
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Indonesia, February 2004
  • Official visits to Indonesia, January 2008
  • Official visits to Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore, August 2008
  • Official visits to Vietnam, January 2009
  • Official visits to Indonesia, March and April 2009
  • Official visits to India and Sri Lanka, July 2009
  • Official visits to China, November 2010
  • Official visits to Indonesia, July 2011
  • Official visits to India, July-August 2011
  • Official visits to France and Belgium, September 2011
  • Official visits to China and Italy, February 2012
  • Official visits to Indonesia, July 2012
Parliamentary party positions
  • Opposition Whip in the Senate from 20.3.1996 to 19.10.1998.
  • Member of the Opposition Shadow Ministry from 19.10.1998 to 3.12.2007.
  • Shadow Minister for Family Services and the Aged from 20.10.1998 to 25.11.2001.
  • Shadow Minister for Defence from 25.11.2001 to 6.12.2002.
  • Shadow Minister for Defence and Reconciliation, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs from 6.12.2002 to 18.2.2003.
  • Shadow Minister for Defence Procurement, Science and Personnel from 3.8.2004 to 26.10.2004.
  • Leader of the Opposition in the Senate from 22.10.2004 to 3.12.2007.
  • Shadow Minister for Social Security from 26.10.2004 to 24.6.2005.
  • Shadow Minister for Indigenous Affairs from 24.6.2005 to 10.12.2006.
  • Shadow Minister for Family and Community Services from 24.6.2005 to 10.12.2006.
  • Shadow Minister for National Development, Resources and Energy from 10.12.2006 to 3.12.2007.
  • Leader of the Government in the Senate from 3.12.2007 to 4.2.2013.
Party positions
  • Former ALP Vice-President and Treasurer (WA)
  • Delegate, ALP State and Federal Conferences (WA)
  • ALP State Secretary (WA) 1991-93
Personal
  • Born 14.5.1958, Cuckfield, England
  • Married
Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
  • B.A (UWA)
  • Industrial officer, Federated Miscellaneous Workers' Union 1982-87
  • State Secretary, Fire Brigade Union (WA) 1987-90