Senator the Hon Don Farrell

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Senator for South Australia

Party
Australian Labor Party
Chamber
Senate

Seating Plan

Seating map

Electorate Office

(Principal Office)

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 2013. Elected to the Senate for South Australia 2016.
Ministerial appointments
  • Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water from 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; Publications from 1.9.2016 to 16.2.2017; Privileges from 4.7.2019.
  • 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; Community Affairs: Legislation from 1.9.2016 to 1.7.2019; Community Affairs: References from 1.9.2016 to 1.7.2019; Finance and Public Administration: Legislation from 1.9.2016 to 1.7.2019; Finance and Public Administration: References from 1.9.2016 to 1.7.2019; Education and Employment: Legislation from 23.11.2016 to 30.11.2016; Environment and Communications: Legislation from 5.2.2018 to 1.7.2019; Environment and Communications: References from 5.2.2018 to 15.2.2018; Education and Employment: References from 2.7.2019.
  • Joint Statutory: Corporations and Financial Services from 16.3.2009 to 26.10.2010; Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings from 22.6.2016 to 11.4.2019; Law Enforcement from 23.11.2016 to 15.2.2018; Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings from 4.7.2019.
  • 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; National Broadband Network from 22.7.2019.
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 the Centenary of ANZAC from 18.10.2013 to 30.6.2014.
  • Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate from 11.10.2016 to 30.5.2019.
  • Shadow Special Minister of State from 11.10.2016.
  • Shadow Minister for Sport from 11.10.2016.
  • Shadow Minister for Tourism from 2.6.2019.
  • Shadow Minister Assisting the Leader of the Opposition from 2.6.2019.
Party positions
  • Member of the Australian Labor Party (SA) from 1976.
  • Delegate to the Australian Labor Party State Conference (SA) from 1976.
  • Delegate to the Australian Labor Party State Council (SA) from 1976.
  • Delegate to the Australian Labor Party National Conference from 1984.
  • Member of the Australian Labor Party State Executive (SA) from 1985 to 1990.
  • President of the Australian Labor Party State Branch (SA), 1988.
Personal
  • Born 6.6.1954, Murray Bridge, Australia
  • Married
Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
  • LLB (University of Adelaide).
  • 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.