The Hon Neil Andrew MP

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Former Member

Party
Liberal Party of Australia
Chamber
House of Representatives

Biography

Parliamentary service
  • Elected to the House of Representatives for Wakefield, South Australia, 1983. Re-elected 1984, 1987, 1990, 1993, 1996, 1998 and 2001. Retired prior to general elections 2004.
Parliamentary positions
  • Deputy Chair of Committees from 26.2.85 to 19.9.85
  • Deputy Chair of Committees from 23.5.89 to 19.2.90
  • Deputy Chair of Committees from 4.5.93 to 21.2.94
  • Member, Speaker's Panel from 21.2.94 to 10.11.98
  • Speaker of the House of Representatives from 10.11.98 to 31.8.04
Committee service
  • Joint Statutory: Public Works from 28.2.1985 to 5.6.1987; Public Works from 12.5.1993 to 2.9.1997 (Chair from 30.5.1996 to 2.9.1997); Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings from 8.12.1998 to 31.8.2004.
  • House of Representatives Standing: Publications from 10.5.1983 to 26.10.1984; Aboriginal Affairs from 10.5.1983 to 26.10.1984; Library from 10.5.1983 to 26.10.1984; Aboriginal Affairs from 8.10.1987 to 29.9.1988; Selection from 15.5.1990 to 8.2.1993; Finance and Public Administration from 16.5.1990 to 28.11.1991; Banking, Finance and Public Administration from 28.11.1991 to 8.2.1993; Selection from 7.5.1996 to 31.8.1998; Procedure from 29.5.1996 to 31.8.1998; Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 30.5.1996 to 29.9.1997; House from 22.10.1997 to 31.8.2004 (Chair from 8.12.1998 to 31.8.2004); Library from 8.12.1998 to 31.8.2004 (Chair from 8.12.1998 to 31.8.2004).
Conferences, delegations and visits
  • Biennial Parliamentary Exchange Visit to Japan, October 1983
  • Member, 25th South Pacific Conference, Honiara, September-October 1985
  • Member, 33rd CPA Conference, Kuala Lumpur, August-September 1987
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the European Parliamentary Institutions and Ireland, August-September 1991
  • Member, Official Delegation to Hong Kong and China, July 1994
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Poland, Hungary and Germany, September-October 1996
  • Parliamentary Delegate to the Australian Constitutional Convention, Canberra, February 1998
  • Attended meeting of the Standing Committee of Commonwealth Speakers and Presiding Officers, Ottawa, Canada, January 1999
  • Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to the 101st IPU Conference, Brussels, Belgium and bilateral visit to Norway, April 1999
  • Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to Greece, Cyprus, Turkey and Singapore, July 1999
  • Chair, 15th Conference of Commonwealth Speakers and Presiding Officers, Canberra, January 2000
  • Attended 3rd Meeting of the Preparatory Committee of the Conference of Presiding Officers of National Parliaments, Geneva, Switzerland and bilateral visits to Israel, Palestine and France, January-February 2000
  • Attended official centenary commemoration of the passage of Australia's Constitution, UK, and Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to Ireland, July 2000
  • Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to the 103rd IPU Conference, Amman, Jordan and bilateral visit to Tanzania, April-May 2000
  • Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to the 104th IPU Conference, Jakarta, Indonesia, and bilateral visit to Vietnam, October 2000
  • Attended meeting of the Standing Committee of Commonwealth Speakers and Presiding Officers, Tanzania, January 2001
  • Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Croatia, April 2001
  • Attended 2nd Annual Meeting, Pacific Islands Speakers Forum, Marshall Islands, and official visits to the Federated States of Micronesia and Guam, April 2002
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to USA and Belgium, September 2002
  • Official visits to New Zealand, August 2000; China, Malaysia and Singapore, July-August 2002
  • Attended 16th Conference of Commonwealth Speakers and Presiding Officers, Botswana, January 2002
  • Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to the 108th IPU Conference, Canada and Chile, March-April 2003
  • Official visit to New Zealand, June 2003
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Italy, UK and Singapore, June-July 2003
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Ukraine and Bulgaria, June-July 2004
Parliamentary party positions
  • Opposition Deputy Whip in the House of Representatives from 9.9.1985 to 12.5.1989.
  • Opposition Deputy Whip in the House of Representatives from 11.4.1990 to 7.4.1993.
  • Government Chief Whip in the House of Representatives from 11.7.1997 to 18.10.1998.
Party positions
  • Member, State Rural Council Executive (SA)
  • Chair, Federal Coalition Primary Industry Committee
  • Chair, Waikerie Branch 1971-74
  • Chair, Chaffey SEC 1972-75
  • Member, Liberal Party State Council (SA) from 1972
  • Chair, Wakefield FEC 1980-82
Personal
  • Born 7.6.1944, Waikerie, Australia
  • Married
Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
  • Australian Nuffield Scholar in Agriculture
  • Horticulturist
  • Member, various horticultural commodity groups
  • Member, Rotary Group Study Exchange Team, Utah, USA 1970
  • Member, SA Advisory Board of Agriculture from 1973
  • Chair, SA Advisory Board of Agriculture 1980-82
Electorate
  • Description: Rural
  • Location: north and east of Adelaide, also incorporating Yorke Peninsula; it includes the towns of Angaston, Balaklava, Barmera, Berri, Gawler, Gumeracha, Kadina, Kapunda, Loxton, Minlaton, Moonta, Morgan, Mount Pleasant, Nurioopta, Renmark, Tanunda, Waikerie, Wallaroo, and Yorketown.
  • Area: 31841 Sq km
  • Electors enrolled: 86378 (at 10.11.2001)
  • Industries: mixed cereals and sheep farming, viticulture in the Barossa Valley and Riverland, and irrigated orcharding in the Riverland.
  • Electorate: Wakefield includes the South Australian House of Assembly electorates of Chaffey, and parts of Goyder, Kavel, Light, Napier, Schubert, Stuart and Taylor.