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Former Senator Chris Back

Former Senator Chris Back

Former Senator

Party
Liberal Party of Australia
Chamber
Senate

Biography

Parliamentary service
  • Chosen by the Parliament of Western Australia on 11.3.2009 under section 15 of the Constitution to represent that State in the Senate, vice the Hon. C Ellison (resigned). Elected to the Senate for Western Australia, 2010 Re-elected 2016. Resigned 31.7.2017.
Parliamentary positions
  • Temporary Chair of Committees from 7.7.2011 to 10.5.2012.
  • Temporary Chair of Committees from 7.7.2014 to 2.5.2016.
Committee service
  • Senate Standing: Scrutiny of Delegated Legislation (formerly Regulations and Ordinances) from 12.3.2009 to 2.2.2010; Publications from 13.11.2013 to 15.3.2016; Appropriations and Staffing from 1.7.2014 to 9.5.2016; Appropriations, Staffing and Security from 1.9.2016 to 22.6.2017; Publications from 12.9.2016 to 22.6.2017.
  • Senate Select: Reform of the Australian Federation from 11.5.2010 to 30.6.2011; School Funding from 11.2.2014 to 9.7.2014; Wind Turbines from 27.11.2014 to 3.8.2015; Resilience of Electricity Infrastructure in a Warming World from 24.11.2016 to 7.4.2017; Lending to Primary Production Customers from 20.3.2017 to 22.6.2017.
  • Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Education, Employment and Workplace Relations from 12.3.2009 to 14.5.2009; Education, Employment and Workplace Relations: References from 14.5.2009 to 11.11.2013 (Chair from 25.10.2010 to 11.11.2013); Education, Employment and Workplace Relations: Legislation from 2.2.2010 to 11.11.2013; Education and Employment: Legislation from 13.11.2013 to 1.7.2014 (Chair from 11.2.2014 to 1.7.2014); Education and Employment: References from 13.11.2013 to 1.7.2014; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: Legislation from 1.7.2014 to 9.5.2016 (Chair from 1.7.2014 to 9.5.2016); Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: References from 1.7.2014 to 9.5.2016; Environment and Communications: References from 12.10.2015 to 9.5.2016; Environment and Communications: Legislation from 12.10.2015 to 9.5.2016; Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: Legislation from 1.9.2016 to 22.6.2017; Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: References from 1.9.2016 to 22.6.2017; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: References from 1.9.2016 to 22.6.2017; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: Legislation from 1.9.2016 to 22.6.2017 (Chair from 1.9.2016 to 22.6.2017); Environment and Communications: References from 16.11.2016 to 16.11.2016 (Substitute member from 16.11.2016 to 16.11.2016); Environment and Communications: References from 8.2.2017 to 11.5.2017 (Substitute member from 8.2.2017 to 11.5.2017).
  • Joint Standing: National Capital and External Territories from 11.2.2014 to 9.5.2016; Treaties from 11.2.2014 to 9.5.2016; Migration from 1.7.2014 to 9.5.2016; Parliamentary Library from 1.7.2014 to 22.6.2017; Treaties from 1.9.2016 to 22.6.2017; Migration from 12.9.2016 to 22.6.2017; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 12.9.2016 to 22.6.2017.
  • Joint Select: Gambling Reform from 25.10.2010 to 10.5.2012.
Parliamentary party positions
  • Opposition Deputy Whip in the Senate from 8.5.2012 to 18.9.2013.
  • Government Deputy Whip in the Senate from 18.9.2013 to 30.6.2014.
Party positions
  • Member of the Liberal Party Tangney Division Executive from 2006 to 2009.
  • Member of the Liberal Party Mt Pleasant Branch Executive from 2006 to 2009.
  • Member of the Liberal Party State Council (WA) from 2007 to 2009.
Personal
  • Born 11.2.1950, Perth, Australia
  • Married
Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
  • BVSc (University of Queensland).
  • Employed at Curtin University and the University of California from 1976 to 1984.
  • Chief Executive Officer at Rottnest Island Authority from 1988 to 1995.
  • Chief Executive Officer at the Bushfires Board of Western Australia from 1995 to 1997.
  • Managing director for fuel industry retail and distribution from 1997 to 2000.
  • Business executive in the oil and gas industry from 2000 to 2008.
Military Service
  • RAAF Queensland University Squadron 1968-71.