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Former Senator Grant Chapman

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Former Senator

Party
Liberal Party of Australia
Chamber
Senate

Biography

Parliamentary service
  • Elected to the House of Representatives for Kingston, South Australia, 1975. Re-elected 1977, 1980. Defeated at general elections 1983. Elected to the Senate for South Australia 1987. Re-elected 1990, 1996 and 2001. Defeated at general elections 2007.
Parliamentary positions
  • Temporary Chair of Committees from 5.5.93 to 30.6.08
Committee service
  • Senate Standing: Publications from 2.5.1996 to 1.7.2002.
  • Senate Select: Australian Broadcasting Corporation Management and Operations from 22.9.1994 to 30.3.1995; Dangers of Radioactive Waste from 23.3.1995 to 29.4.1996 (Chair from 30.3.1995 to 29.4.1996); Uranium Mining and Milling from 8.5.1996 to 15.5.1997 (Chair from 23.5.1996 to 15.5.1997); Superannuation and Financial Services from 29.9.1999 to 11.2.2002; Lucas Heights Reactor from 17.8.2000 to 24.5.2001; Superannuation from 14.3.2002 to 10.9.2003; State Government Financial Management from 14.2.2008 to 30.6.2008.
  • Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Transport, Communications and Infrastructure from 24.9.1987 to 18.5.1993; Industry, Science, Technology, Transport, Communications and Infrastructure from 18.5.1993 to 10.10.1994; Economics: Legislation from 10.10.1994 to 11.9.2006; Economics: References from 10.10.1994 to 11.9.2006; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: References from 10.10.1994 to 29.4.1996; Economics from 11.9.2006 to 11.2.2008.
  • Senate Estimates: A from 24.9.1987 to 8.5.1990; F from 9.5.1990 to 6.5.1993; B from 8.2.1994 to 10.10.1994.
  • Joint Statutory: Corporations and Securities from 31.5.1996 to 11.2.2002 (Chair from 20.6.1996 to 11.2.2002); Corporations and Financial Services from 14.2.2002 to 30.6.2008 (Chair from 20.3.2002 to 11.2.2008); Public Accounts and Audit from 23.3.2007 to 30.6.2008.
  • Joint Standing: New Parliament House from 4.12.1980 to 4.2.1983; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 16.5.1990 to 1.7.2002.
  • House of Representatives Standing: Publications from 20.9.1979 to 19.9.1980; Library from 26.11.1980 to 4.2.1983; Road Safety from 9.4.1981 to 4.2.1983; Expenditure from 9.12.1982 to 4.2.1983.
Conferences, delegations and visits
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to China and Japan, July 1981
  • Member, CPA Conference, The Bahamas, October 1982
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Argentina and Brazil, June-July 1992
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the 100th IPU Conference, Moscow, September 1998
  • Vice-President, UN-IPU Parliamentary Round Table to Combat Desertification, Dakar, November 1998
  • Vice-President, UN-IPU Parliamentary Round Table to Combat Desertification, Recife, November 1999
  • Vice-President, UN-IPU Parliamentary Round Table to Combat Desertification, Bonn, December 2000
  • Member, United Nations Panel of Eminent Persons to Combat Desertification from October 2001, attending meetings in Agadez, April 2002
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Czech Republic, Slovakia and Croatia, April 2001
  • Keynote Speaker, World Tourism Organisation Parliamentarians Forum, Panama City, November 2002
  • World Summit on Sustainable Development Preparatory Committee, Denpasar, May-June 2002
  • World Summit on Sustainable Development, Johannesburg, August-September 2002
  • World Summit on Global Environment Facility Council, Beijing, October 2002
  • Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to the 107th IPU Conference, Marrakech, and bilateral visit to Kuwait, March 2002
  • Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to IPU Governing Council, Geneva, September 2002
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the 108th IPU Conference, Santiago, and bilateral visit to Canada, March-April 2003
  • Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to the 109th IPU Conference, Geneva, and bilateral visit to Latvia, September-October 2003
  • Vice-President, UN-IPU Parliamentary Round Table to Combat Desertification, Havana, August 2003
  • Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to the 110th IPU Conference, Mexico City, April 2004
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the 112th IPU Conference, Manila, and bilateral visit to the Solomon Islands, March-April 2005
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to UK, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Austria, Argentina and USA, April-May 2008
Party positions
  • Member, Liberal Party (SA) from 1967
  • Member, Young Liberal State Executive (SA) 1971-75
  • Member, Liberal Party State Council (SA) from 1971
  • Member, Liberal Party State Executive (SA) 1975-76
  • Inaugural Federal Young Liberal Policy Committee 1975
  • Member, Liberal Party Rural Council Executive (SA) from 1987
Personal
  • Born 27.4.1949, North Adelaide, Australia
  • Married
Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
  • B.A (Hons) (Adel)
  • Marketing executive, oil industry 1971-75
  • Proprietor, farming and grazing property, Kybunga, SA from 1974
  • Represented South Australia in National Debating Championships 1974
  • Member, Australian Institute of International Affairs (SA) Committee from 1974
  • Member, United Farmers and Stockowners (SA) (now South Australian Farmers' Federation) from 1974
  • Member, Australian Broadcasting Commission Advisory Committee (SA) 1975-80
  • Represented South Australia in National Debating Championships 1975
  • Political research consultant 1975
  • Represented South Australia in National Debating Championships 1977
  • Vice-President, Australian Institute of International Affairs (SA) Committee 1983-85
  • Self-employed management consultant, Grant Chapman and Co. 1983-88
  • Delegate, United Farmers and Stockowners (SA) (now South Australian Farmers' Federation) from 1983
  • Treasurer, Australian Institute of International Affairs (SA) Committee 1985-2000
  • President, Adelaide Branch, United Farmers and Stockowners (SA) (now South Australian Farmers' Federation) from 1986
Military Service
  • Pilot Officer, RAAF Reserve
  • RAAF, South Australian University Squadron 1968-70
Honours
  • Awarded Queen's Silver Jubilee Medal 1977