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Former Mr Cory Bernardi

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Former Senator

Party
Independent
Chamber
Senate

Biography

Parliamentary service
  • Chosen by the Parliament of South Australia on 4.5.2006 under section 15 of the Constitution to represent that State in the Senate, vice Hon. R Hill (resigned). Elected to the Senate for South Australia 2007. Re-elected 2013 and 2016. Resigned 20.1.2020.
Parliamentary positions
  • Temporary Chair of Committees from 11.3.2009 to 2.2.2010.
  • Temporary Chair of Committees from 10.10.2012 to 2.5.2016.
Committee service
  • Senate Standing: Publications from 12.3.2008 to 15.6.2015; Senators' Interests from 27.10.2010 to 9.5.2016; Scrutiny of Bills from 13.11.2013 to 9.5.2016; Scrutiny of Bills from 1.9.2016 to 12.9.2016; Senators' Interests from 1.9.2016 to 12.9.2016; Senators' Interests from 28.11.2016 to 15.2.2017; Scrutiny of Bills from 28.11.2016 to 15.2.2017.
  • Senate Select: Men's Health from 13.11.2008 to 29.5.2009; Abbott Government's Commission of Audit from 12.12.2013 to 11.2.2014; National Broadband Network from 1.7.2014 to 3.3.2015; Recent Allegations relating to Conditions and Circumstances at the Regional Processing Centre in Nauru from 26.3.2015 to 31.8.2015.
  • Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Economics from 11.9.2006 to 11.2.2008; Finance and Public Administration from 23.10.2006 to 22.12.2006; Finance and Public Administration from 10.3.2009 to 14.5.2009; Finance and Public Administration: Legislation from 14.5.2009 to 2.2.2010; Finance and Public Administration: References from 14.5.2009 to 2.2.2010; Finance and Public Administration: References from 30.9.2010 to 27.10.2010; Finance and Public Administration: Legislation from 30.9.2010 to 27.10.2010; Finance and Public Administration: Legislation from 13.11.2013 to 9.5.2016 (Chair from 14.11.2013 to 9.5.2016); Finance and Public Administration: References from 13.11.2013 to 9.5.2016; Finance and Public Administration: References from 1.9.2016 to 12.9.2016; Finance and Public Administration: Legislation from 1.9.2016 to 12.9.2016 (Chair from 1.9.2016 to 12.9.2016); Finance and Public Administration: Legislation from 28.11.2016 to 15.2.2017 (Chair from 28.11.2016 to 15.2.2017); Finance and Public Administration: References from 28.11.2016 to 15.2.2017.
  • Joint Statutory: Corporations and Financial Services from 28.2.2007 to 11.2.2008; Public Accounts and Audit from 13.11.2013 to 9.5.2016; Public Accounts and Audit from 28.11.2016 to 15.2.2017.
  • Joint Select: Australia's Immigration Detention Network from 22.6.2011 to 30.3.2012; Government Procurement from 1.12.2016 to 15.2.2017.
Parliamentary party positions
  • Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Families and Community Services from 6.12.2007 to 22.9.2008.
  • Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities, Carers and the Voluntary Sector from 22.9.2008 to 19.2.2009.
  • Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition from 8.12.2009 to 18.9.2013.
  • Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure and Population Policy from 8.12.2009 to 14.9.2010.
  • Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Supporting Families from 14.9.2010 to 19.9.2012.
Party positions
  • Member of Liberal Party Federal and State Campaign Committees from 1998 to 2000.
  • Vice-President of the Liberal Party State Branch (SA), 1997.
  • Member of the Liberal Party State Executive (SA) from 1997 to 2003.
  • Member of the Liberal Party State Finance Committee (SA) from 1997 to 2000.
  • President of the Liberal Party State Branch (SA) from 1998 to 2000.
  • Member of the Liberal Party Federal Executive from 1998 to 2000.
  • Member of the Liberal Party Appeals Tribunal (SA) from 2004 to 2006.
  • Member of the Liberal Party Multicultural Committee (SA) from 2004 to 2008.
  • Vice-President of the Federal Liberal Party from 2005 to 2006.
  • Member of the Liberal Party Federal Executive from 2005 to 2006.
Personal
  • Born 6.11.1969, Adelaide, Australia
  • Married
Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
  • DipFS (Financial Planning Association).
  • GradCertBusMgt (Heriot-Watt University).
  • Self-employed hotelier 1992-96.
  • Investment adviser and fund manager 1996-2006.
Publications
  • The money tree: securing your child's financial success, Self-published 2007.
  • Fit for life!, Self-published 2008.
  • As I see it: thoughts of a conservative, Self-published 2009.
  • No left turn: more thoughts of a conservative, Self-published 2011.
  • On the right track, Self-published 2012.
  • The conservative revolution, Connor Court Publishing Ballarat, Vic: 2013.