Former Senator John Williams

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Former Senator

Positions
Nationals Whip in the Senate
Party
The Nationals
Chamber
Senate

Biography

Parliamentary service
  • Elected to the Senate for New South Wales 2007. Re-elected 2013 and 2016.
Parliamentary positions
  • Temporary Chair of Committees from 9.7.14 to 9.5.16
Committee service
  • Senate Standing: Selection of Bills from 22.9.2008 to 13.9.2013; Appropriations and Staffing from 12.3.2009 to 11.11.2013; Library from 13.11.2013 to 1.7.2014; Regulations and Ordinances from 1.7.2014 to 9.5.2016; Scrutiny of Bills from 1.7.2014 to 9.5.2016 (Chair from 1.7.2014 to 9.5.2016); Scrutiny of Bills from 1.9.2016; Regulations and Ordinances from 1.9.2016.
  • Senate Select: Men's Health from 13.11.2008 to 29.5.2009; Scrutiny of New Taxes from 30.9.2010 to 1.11.2011; Electricity Prices from 10.9.2012 to 1.11.2012; School Funding from 12.12.2013 to 9.7.2014; Health from 26.6.2014 to 9.5.2016; Exposure Draft of the Marriage Amendment (Same-Sex Marriage) Bill from 1.12.2016; Lending to Primary Production Customers from 20.3.2017.
  • Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Environment, Communications and the Arts from 1.7.2008 to 15.10.2008; Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport from 24.9.2008 to 12.3.2009; Community Affairs: References from 14.5.2009 to 2.2.2010; Finance and Public Administration: References from 11.3.2010 to 11.11.2013; Economics: Legislation from 30.9.2010 to 9.2.2011; Economics: References from 30.9.2010 to 9.2.2011; Economics: References from 1.7.2011 to 1.7.2014; Environment and Communications: References from 13.11.2013 to 1.7.2014; Economics: Legislation from 13.11.2013 to 1.7.2014; Environment and Communications: Legislation from 13.11.2013 to 1.7.2014; Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: References from 1.7.2014 to 9.5.2016; Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: Legislation from 1.7.2014 to 9.5.2016; Education and Employment: Legislation from 1.9.2016 to 5.2.2018; Legal and Constitutional Affairs: Legislation from 15.2.2017 to 27.3.2017; Environment and Communications: Legislation from 27.3.2017; Legal and Constitutional Affairs: Legislation from 27.3.2017 to 29.3.2017 (Substitute member from 27.3.2017 to 29.3.2017); Legal and Constitutional Affairs: References from 27.3.2017 to 29.3.2017 (Substitute member from 27.3.2017 to 29.3.2017).
  • Joint Statutory: Corporations and Financial Services from 1.7.2014 to 9.5.2016; Intelligence and Security from 25.11.2014 to 9.5.2016; Public Works from 4.2.2016 to 9.5.2016; Public Works from 12.9.2016; Corporations and Financial Services from 12.9.2016.
  • Joint Standing: Migration from 2.12.2013 to 1.7.2014; Parliamentary Library from 2.12.2013 to 1.7.2014; National Broadband Network from 15.9.2016 to 11.10.2016; Parliamentary Library from 22.6.2017 to 17.8.2017.
Parliamentary party positions
  • The Nationals Party Whip in the Senate from 22.9.2008 to 13.9.2013.
  • The Nationals Party Whip in the Senate from 1.9.2016.
Party positions
  • Secretary, National Party Inverell Branch 1991-94
  • Treasurer, National Party Inverell Branch 1994-98
  • Chair, National Party Inverell Branch 1998-2004
  • Chair, National Party Northern Tablelands Electorate Council 1999-2003
  • Secretary, National Party Northern Tablelands Electorate Council 2004-13
  • Member and Secretary, The Nationals New England Electorate Council from 2004
  • Secretary, National Party Inverell Branch 2004
Personal
  • Born 16.1.1955, Jamestown, Australia
Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
  • Truck driver 1973-79
  • Shearer 1974-99
  • Farmer 1979-2000
  • Small business owner and manager 1999-2008