Former Senator the Hon Bill Heffernan

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Former Senator

Party
Liberal Party of Australia
Chamber
Senate

Biography

Parliamentary service
  • Chosen by the Parliament of New South Wales on 18.9.1996 under section 15 of the Constitution to represent that State in the Senate, vice M Baume (resigned). Elected to the Senate for New South Wales 1998. Re-elected 2004 and 2010. Retired prior to general elections 2016.
Ministerial appointments
  • Parliamentary Secretary to Cabinet from 21.10.1998 to 19.3.2002.
Committee service
  • Senate Standing: Procedure from 13.2.1997 to 30.11.2000; Selection of Bills from 13.2.1997 to 9.11.1998; Appropriations and Staffing from 5.4.2000 to 11.2.2008; House from 12.5.2008 to 11.11.2013; Selection of Bills from 1.7.2014 to 9.5.2016.
  • Senate Select: Socio-Economic Consequences of the National Competition Policy from 8.7.1998 to 9.11.1998; A Certain Maritime Incident from 11.3.2002 to 20.3.2002; Administration of Indigenous Affairs from 17.6.2004 to 8.3.2005; Agricultural and Related Industries from 14.2.2008 to 23.9.2010 (Chair from 14.2.2008 to 23.9.2010).
  • Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Finance and Public Administration: Legislation from 9.10.1996 to 9.11.1998; Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: References from 14.10.1996 to 9.11.1998; Economics: References from 4.9.1997 to 3.12.1998; Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: Legislation from 19.6.2002 to 24.6.2002; Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: Legislation from 1.7.2002 to 11.9.2006; Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: References from 1.7.2002 to 11.9.2006; Finance and Public Administration: Legislation from 1.7.2002 to 1.7.2005; Finance and Public Administration: References from 1.7.2002 to 1.7.2005; Community Affairs: Legislation from 28.8.2002 to 3.12.2003; Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport from 11.9.2006 to 14.5.2009; Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: Legislation from 14.5.2009 to 9.5.2016 (Chair from 2.12.2013 to 9.5.2016); Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: References from 14.5.2009 to 9.5.2016; Community Affairs: Legislation from 4.2.2016 to 15.3.2016; Community Affairs: References from 4.2.2016 to 15.3.2016.
  • Joint Standing: Public Works from 1.7.2014 to 4.3.2015.
Parliamentary party positions
  • Government Deputy Whip in the Senate from 11.2.1997 to 21.10.1998.
Party positions
  • Country Representative, Liberal Party
  • President, Liberal Party (NSW) 1993-96 (formerly Vice-President)
  • Chair, Coalition Infrastructure, Rural and Regional Affairs Policy Committee from February 2008
Personal
  • Born 3.3.1943, Junee, Australia
  • Married
Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
  • Wool classing (Wagga Technical College)
  • Welding (Wagga Technical College)
  • Farmer
Local government service
  • Councillor, Junee Shire Council from 1981 to 1996.
  • President, Junee Shire Council from 1989 to 1990.
  • President, Junee Shire Council from 1991 to 1993.