Senator the Hon Don Farrell

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Senator for South Australia

Positions
Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate
Party
Australian Labor Party
Chamber
Senate

Seating Plan

Seating map

Electorate Office

(Principal Office)

Wave Building
Level 5, 19 Gilles Street
Adelaide, SA, 5000

Postal address

PO Box 6338
Halifax Street, SA, 5000

Telephone:
(08) 8231 8400

Parliament Office

PO Box 6100
Senate
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Telephone:
(02) 6277 3053
Fax:
(02) 6277 5721

Biography

Parliamentary service
  • Elected to the Senate for South Australia 2007. Defeated at general elections 2014. Elected to the Senate for South Australia 2016.
Ministerial appointments
  • Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water for 14.9.2010 to 25.3.2013.
  • Minister for Science and Research from 25.3.2013 to 1.7.2013.
  • Minister Assisting for Tourism from 25.3.2013 to 18.9.2013.
  • Minister for Sport from 1.7.2013 to 18.9.2013.
Committee service
  • Senate Standing: Privileges from 13.8.2009 to 27.9.2010; Community Affairs: Legislation from 1.9.2016; Community Affairs: References from 1.9.2016; Finance and Public Administration: Legislation from 1.9.2016; Finance and Public Administration: References from 1.9.2016; Publications from 1.9.2016 to 16.2.2017; Education and Employment: Legislation from 23.11.2016 to 30.11.2016.
  • Senate Select: Agricultural and Related Industries from 15.9.2008 to 12.12.2008.
  • Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 1.7.2008 to 14.5.2009; Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport from 5.2.2009 to 14.5.2009; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: Legislation from 14.5.2009 to 27.9.2010; Environment and Communications: Legislation from 5.2.2018; Environment and Communications: References from 5.2.2018 to 15.2.2018.
  • Joint Statutory: Corporations and Financial Services from 16.3.2009 to 26.10.2010; Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings from 22.6.2016; Law Enforcement from 23.11.2016 to 15.2.2018.
  • Joint Standing: Treaties from 1.7.2008 to 19.7.2010; Treaties from 1.9.2016 to 8.11.2016; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 12.9.2016 to 14.9.2016.
Conferences, delegations and visits
  • Official visits to Brunei, October 2010
  • Official visits to Singapore, July 2011
  • Official visits to Samoa, July 2011
  • Official visits to Singapore, June-July 2012
Parliamentary party positions
  • Government Deputy Whip in the Senate from 1.7.2008 to 14.9.2010.
  • Shadow Minister for Veterans' Affairs and Shadow Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC from 18.10.2013 to 30.6.2014.
  • Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate from 11.10.2016.
  • Shadow Special Minister of State from 11.10.2016.
  • Shadow Minister for Sport from 11.10.2016.
Party positions
  • Member, ALP (SA) from 1976
  • Delegate, ALP State Convention (SA) from 1976
  • Delegate, ALP State Council (SA) from 1976
  • Delegate, ALP National Conference from 1984
  • Member, ALP State Executive (SA) 1985-90
  • President, ALP (SA) 1988
Personal
  • Born 6.6.1954, Murray Bridge, Australia
  • Married
Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
  • LL.B (Adel)
  • Shop assistant, Cleland National Park 1970-76
  • Mail sorter 1972
  • Council worker 1974
  • Waiter 1975
  • Industrial Officer, Shop Distributive and Allied Employees' Association 1976-80
  • Assistant Secretary, Shop Distributive and Allied Employees' Association 1980-93
  • Secretary, Shop Distributive and Allied Employees' Association 1993-2008
  • Founder, Farrell Wines, Clare Valley, SA, 2014-16