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Hon Sharman Stone MP

Hon Sharman Stone MP

Former Member

Liberal Party of Australia
House of Representatives


Parliamentary service
  • Elected to the House of Representatives for Murray, Victoria, 1996. Re-elected 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2010 and 2013. Retired prior to general elections 2016.
Ministerial appointments
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage from 21.10.1998 to 26.10.2004.
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance and Administration from 26.10.2004 to 27.1.2006.
  • Minister for Workforce Participation from 27.1.2006 to 3.12.2007.
Committee service
  • Joint Statutory: Public Accounts from 29.5.1996 to 1.1.1998; Public Accounts and Audit from 1.1.1998 to 31.8.1998; Public Accounts and Audit from 4.12.2013 to 25.2.2014.
  • Joint Standing: Migration from 10.11.2008 to 3.2.2010; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 4.12.2013 to 9.5.2016 (Chair, Foreign Affairs and Aid Sub-Committee from 12.12.2013 to 9.5.2016); Treaties from 25.2.2014 to 11.11.2015.
  • House of Representatives Standing: Primary Industries, Resources and Rural and Regional Affairs from 29.5.1996 to 31.8.1998; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs (Aboriginal Affairs before 4.5.1992) from 4.6.1997 to 31.8.1998; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs (Aboriginal Affairs before 4.5.1992) from 11.3.2008 to 10.11.2008; Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government from 17.3.2008 to 10.11.2008; Education and Training (Education and Vocational Training from 1.12.2004 to 17.10.2007) from 3.2.2010 to 19.7.2010; Regional Australia from 16.11.2010 to 25.8.2011; Social Policy and Legal Affairs from 4.12.2013 to 22.10.2015; Indigenous Affairs from 4.12.2013 to 9.5.2016 (Chair from 11.2.2014 to 9.5.2016); Education and Employment from 9.9.2015 to 11.11.2015.
Parliamentary party positions
  • Chair of the Coalition Agriculture Policy Committee.
  • Shadow Minister for the Environment, Heritage, the Arts and Indigenous Affairs from 6.12.2007 to 22.9.2008.
  • Shadow Minister for Immigration and Citizenship from 22.9.2008 to 8.12.2009.
  • Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Education and Childcare from 8.12.2009 to 14.9.2010.
  • Shadow Minister for the Status of Women from 8.12.2009 to 14.9.2010.
Party positions
  • President of the Liberal Party Burwood Women's Committee.
  • Member of the Liberal Party Rural and Regional Standing Committee (Vic.).
Other positions
  • Member of the Aboriginal Reconciliation Council from 1997 to 2000.
  • Born 23.4.1951, Pyramid Hill, Australia
Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
  • GradDipTertEd (Hawthorn College of Advanced Education).
  • BA(Anthropology)(Hons) (Monash University).
  • PhD (Monash University).
  • MA(Econ&Bus) (La Trobe University).
  • Community Development Officer at the Westernport Regional Council for Social Development from 1976 to 1978.
  • Lecturer in the Institute of Early Childhood Development at the University of Melbourne from 1977 to 1982.
  • Curriculum Development and Prison Liaison Officer at the Aboriginal Education Service (Vic.),1984.
  • Regional Assistant Manager (Southern Metropolitan Region) at the Office of Corrections (Vic.) from 1985 to 1986.
  • Manager for Community Engagement and the Salinity Program at the Department of Planning & Environment (Vic.) from 1986 to 1987.
  • Manager of Consumer Policy at the Rural Water Corporation (Vic.) from 1987 to 1989.
  • Member of the Governing Council at La Trobe University from 1987 to 1993.
  • Director of Communications at the Department of Agriculture (Vic.) from 1989 to 1990.
  • Director for Social Policy & Communications at the Farmers Federation (Vic.) from 1990 to 1991.
  • Pricing and Water Conservation Consultant for Melbourne Water, 1991.
  • Manager of International Development at the University of Melbourne from 1994 to 1995.
  • Name: Murray
  • Location: Northern Victoria; it includes the towns of Shepparton and Echuca and centres of Avenel, Boort, Bridgewater, Cobram, Euroa, Kyabram, Mooroopna, Murchison, Nagambie, Nathalia, Numurkah, Rochester, Rushworth, Tatura, Violet Town, Wedderburn and Yarrawonga.
  • Area: 19,500 Sq km
  • Electors enrolled: 100,185 (at 7.9.2013)
  • Industries: sheep, wheat, dairy, viticulture and fruit processing industries.
  • Includes: Murray includes the Victorian Legislative Assembly electorate of Shepparton, and parts of Bendigo East, Euroa, Murray Valley, Ovens Valley and Swan Hill.