Senator Patrick Dodson


Senator for Western Australia

Chair of Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
Australian Labor Party

Seating Plan

Seating map

Electorate Office

(Principal Office)

Unit 1
23 Coghlan St
Djugun, WA, 6725

Postal address

PO Box 3490
Broome, WA, 6725

(08) 9193 5955
(08) 9192 6010

Parliament Office

PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

(02) 6277 3746
(02) 6277 5905


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.
Committee service
  • Senate Standing: Finance and Public Administration: References from 22.6.2016 to 14.12.2017 (Substitute member from 22.6.2016 to 14.12.2017); Legal and Constitutional Affairs: References from 1.9.2016; Legal and Constitutional Affairs: Legislation from 16.2.2017 to 20.3.2017 (Substitute member from 16.2.2017 to 20.3.2017).
  • Senate Select: Strengthening Multiculturalism from 23.3.2017.
  • Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Finance and Public Administration: Legislation from 26.10.2018 to 26.10.2018 (Substitute member from 26.10.2018 to 26.10.2018).
  • Joint Standing: Northern Australia from 12.9.2016.
  • Joint Select: Constitutional Recognition relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples from 26.3.2018 (Joint Chair from 27.3.2018).
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.
  • Born 29.1.1948, Broome, Australia
Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
  • Hon.LL.D (Melb) 2007
  • Hon.Litt.D (UNSW) 2012
  • Former Director, Central Land Council
  • Former Director, Kimberley Land Council
  • Member, Yawuru Native Title Corporation
  • Ordained Catholic Priest, Missionaries of the Sacred Heart 1975
  • Royal Commissioner into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, 1989
  • Chair, Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation, 1991-97
  • Chairman, Nyambu Buru Yawuru Ltd 2010-16
  • Co-Chair, Expert Panel for Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians, 2010-16
  • Former Member, Council of the Australian National University, 2014
  • Sydney Peace Prize 2008
  • 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