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Senator Patrick Dodson

Senator Patrick Dodson

Senator for WA

Positions
Chair of Joint Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs
Party
Australian Labor Party
Chamber
Senate

Seating Plan

Seating map

Electorate Office

(Principal Office)

Unit 1
23 Coghlan Street
Broome, WA, 6725

Postal address

PO Box 3490
Broome, WA, 6725

Telephone:
(08) 9193 5955
Fax:
(08) 9192 6010

Parliament Office

PO Box 6100
Senate
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Telephone:
(02) 6277 3746

Biography

Parliamentary service
  • Chosen by the Parliament of Western Australia on 28.4.2016 under section 15 of the Constitution to represent that State in the Senate, vice J Bullock (resigned). Elected to the Senate for Western Australia 2016. Re-elected 2019.
Committee service
  • Joint Select: Constitutional Recognition Relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (2018) served from 26.3.2018 to 26.3.2018; Constitutional Recognition Relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (2018) served as Joint Chair from 27.3.2018 to 29.11.2018
  • Joint Standing: Northern Australia served from 12.9.2016 to 11.4.2019; Northern Australia served from 18.9.2019 to 11.4.2022; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs served from 28.7.2022 to 7.9.2022; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs served as Chair from 7.9.2022 to present
  • Joint Statutory: Human Rights served from 4.7.2019 to 1.12.2021
  • Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Finance and Public Administration: References served as Substitute member from 30.8.2016 to 14.12.2017; Legal and Constitutional Affairs: References served from 1.9.2016 to 1.7.2019; Legal and Constitutional Affairs: Legislation served as Substitute member from 16.2.2017 to 20.3.2017; Finance and Public Administration: Legislation served as Substitute member from 26.10.2018 to 26.10.2018; Legal and Constitutional Affairs: Legislation served as Substitute member from 27.11.2019 to 19.8.2020; Finance and Public Administration: Legislation served as Substitute member from 31.8.2021 to present
  • Senate Select: Strengthening Multiculturalism served from 23.3.2017 to 17.8.2017; Effectiveness of the Australian Government's Northern Australia Agenda served from 22.7.2019 to 28.4.2021; Aboriginal Flag served from 3.9.2020 to 13.10.2020
Parliamentary party positions
  • Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition from 4.5.2016 to 23.7.2016.
  • Shadow Assistant Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders from 23.7.2016 to 2.6.2019.
  • Shadow Assistant Minister for Reconciliation from 2.6.2019 to 23.5.2022.
  • Shadow Assistant Minister for Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians from 2.6.2019 to 23.5.2022.
Personal
  • Born 29.1.1948, Broome, Australia
Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
  • Hon LLD (University of Melbourne).
  • Hon DLitt (University of New South Wales).
  • Director of the Central Land Council.
  • Director of the Kimberley Land Council.
  • Member of the Yawuru Native Title Corporation.
  • Ordained Catholic Priest, Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, 1975.
  • Royal Commissioner into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, 1989.
  • Chair of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation from 1991 to 1997.
  • Chairman of Nyambu Buru Yawuru Ltd. from 2010 to 2016.
  • Co-Chair of the Expert Panel for Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians from 2010 to 2016.
  • Member of the Australian National University Council, 2014.
Honours
  • Sydney Peace Prize 2008.
Publications
  • Kakadu Region social impact study: community action plan [Report of the Study Advisory Group], Supervising Scientist, Canberra: 1997.
  • The Democracy Game, Fraser Lecture 2002, May 2002 2002.
  • A National Conversation About Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Constitutional Recognition [Report of the Expert Panel], You Me Unity, Australia: 2011.
  • Recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Constitution [Report of the Expert Panel], You Me Unity, Australia: 2012.
  • Managing a path towards meaningful change and recognition, in M Davis and M Langton (Eds.), 'It's our Country: Indigenous Arguments for Meaningful Constitutional Recognition and Reform', Melbourne University Press, Australia: 2016.

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