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Former Senator Peter Cook

Former Senator Peter  Cook

Former Senator

Party
Australian Labor Party
Chamber
Senate

Biography

Parliamentary service
  • Elected to the Senate for Western Australia 1983. Re-elected 1984, 1987, 1993 and 1998. Retired with the expiration of term 2005.
Parliamentary appointments
  • Member of the Parliamentary Retiring Allowances Trust from 13.5.1998 to 30.6.2005.
Parliamentary positions
  • Temporary Chair of Committees from 12.2.2002 to 30.3.2004.
Ministerial appointments
  • Minister for Resources from 19.1.1988 to 4.4.1990.
  • Minister for Industrial Relations from 4.4.1990 to 24.3.1993.
  • Cabinet Minister from 4.4.1990 to 11.3.1996.
  • Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Public Service Matters from 4.4.1990 to 24.3.1993.
  • Minister for Shipping and Aviation Support from 27.5.1992 to 24.3.1993.
  • Minister for Trade from 24.3.1993 to 30.1.1994.
  • Minister for Industry, Technology and Regional Development from 30.1.1994 to 25.3.1994.
  • Minister for Industry, Science and Technology from 25.3.1994 to 11.3.1996.
  • Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Science from 25.3.1994 to 11.3.1996.
Committee service
  • Senate Standing: Regulations and Ordinances from 22.4.1983 to 21.2.1985; Standing Orders from 4.5.1983 to 25.2.1987; Privileges from 15.6.1984 to 11.9.1985; House from 24.9.1987 to 24.2.1988.
  • Senate Select: New Tax System from 26.11.1998 to 30.4.1999; A Certain Maritime Incident from 14.2.2002 to 23.10.2002 (Chair from 20.2.2002 to 23.10.2002); Free Trade Agreement - Australia and the United States of America from 12.2.2004 to 5.8.2004.
  • Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 21.4.1983 to 21.2.1985; Social Welfare from 15.9.1983 to 11.9.1985; Industry and Trade from 11.9.1985 to 5.6.1987; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 24.9.1987 to 24.2.1988; Industry, Science and Technology from 24.9.1987 to 24.2.1988; Economics: Legislation from 2.5.1996 to 4.9.1997; Economics: Legislation from 24.11.1998 to 10.3.1999; Economics: References from 24.11.1998 to 19.8.2002.
  • Senate Estimates: A from 4.5.1983 to 18.3.1988 (Chair from 25.3.1987 to 5.6.1987).
  • Joint Statutory: Corporations and Securities from 31.5.1996 to 4.9.1997.
  • Joint Standing: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 4.9.1997 to 30.6.2005.
Conferences, delegations and visits
  • Member, 71st IPU Conference, Geneva, April 1984.
  • Official visits to Papua New Guinea, October-November 1988.
  • Official visits to Japan, Indonesia and Europe, January-February 1989.
  • Official visits to New Zealand, March 1989.
  • Official visits to Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Japan and Vietnam, July-August 1989.
  • Official visits to Indonesia, December 1989.
  • Official visits to Papua New Guinea, January 1990.
  • Official visits to New Zealand, May 1990.
  • Official visits to UK and Switzerland, June 1991.
  • Official visits to Thailand, November-December 1991.
  • Official visits to Japan, January-February 1992.
  • Official visits to Switzerland and UK, June 1992.
  • Official visits to Canada, USA, Japan and Indonesia, January-February 1993.
  • Official visits to ASEAN Nations, April 1993.
  • Official visits to UK, Germany, Switzerland, France, USA, June 1993.
  • Official visits to Thailand, Japan and Singapore, June-July 1993.
  • Official visits to New Zealand, August 1993.
  • Official visits to Hong Kong, China and Republic of Korea, September 1993.
  • Official visits to Switzerland, Belgium, France and Germany, October 1993.
  • Official visits to Japan and Taiwan, October-November 1993.
  • Official visits to Japan and USA, November 1993.
  • Official visits to Malaysia and Switzerland, December 1993.
  • Official visits to Indonesia, June 1994.
  • Official visits to Europe, USA and UK, July 1994.
  • Official visits to Singapore, October 1994.
  • Official visits to China, May 1995.
  • Official visits to Indonesia, South Korea, Japan and Hong Kong, July 1995.
  • Official visits to China, October 1995.
  • Visit to the World Trade Organisation Ministerial Meeting, Seattle, USA, November-December 1999.
  • Study tour, UK, Germany, Switzerland, France and Belgium, March-April 2000.
  • Study tour, Hong Kong, October 2000.
  • Study tour, India, Portugal and USA, June-July 2001.
  • Study tour, Singapore and China, June-July 2002.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the West Indies, February-March 2002.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to USA, Belgium and UK, September 2002.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to South Africa, May 2003.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Fiji, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea, May 2003.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the Solomon Islands, December 2003.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to New Zealand, April 2004.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Singapore, November 2004.
Parliamentary party positions
  • Shadow Minister for Commerce and Small Business from 20.3.1996 to 27.3.1997.
  • Shadow Minister for Trade from 27.3.1997 to 22.11.2001.
  • Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate from 21.10.1997 to 22.11.2001.
  • Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition from 8.12.2003 to 26.10.2004.
Party positions
  • Member of the Australian Labor Party State Executive (WA) from May 1970.
  • Convener of the Australian Labor Party State Industrial Relations Committee from 1975 to 1985.
  • Delegate to the Australian Labor Party Federal Conference from 1977.
  • Vice-President of the Australian Labor Party State Branch (WA) from July 1982.
  • Member of the Australian Labor Party National Executive from July 1986.
  • Member of the Australian Labor Party National Executive Committee from September 1986.
Personal
  • Born 8.11.1943, Melbourne, Australia
  • Died 3.12.2005
  • Married
Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
  • Vice-President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions.
  • Secretary of the Trades and Labour Council (WA).

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