Former Senator Susan Knowles

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Former Senator

Party
Liberal Party of Australia
Chamber
Senate

Biography

Parliamentary service
  • Elected to the Senate for Western Australia 1984 (term began 1.12.1984), 1987, 1993 and 1998. Retired prior to general elections 2004 (term ended 30.6.2005).
Parliamentary positions
  • Temporary Chairman of Committees from 1.5.96 to 30.6.05.
Committee service
  • Senate Standing: House from 26.2.85 to 18.8.93 and from 2.5.96 to 1.7.02; Selection of Bills from 18.12.89 to 12.5.93; Privileges from 2.5.96 to 20.8.03 and from 22.12.03 to 30.6.05.
  • Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Education and the Arts from 26.2.85 to 5.6.87; Community Affairs from 24.9.87 to 18.8.93 and from 25.8.94 to 10.10.94; Community Affairs: References Committee from 10.10.94 and Legislation Committee from 11.10.94 (Chair from 4.2.97) to 30.6.05; Environment, Recreation, Communications and the Arts: References Committee from 19.6.96 to 13.2.97.
  • Participating member, Legal and Constitutional: Legislation Committee from 1.12.94 to 29.4.96 and from 24.8.99 to 30.6.05 and References Committee from 24.8.99 to 30.6.05; Participating member, Economics: Legislation and References Committees from 24.8.99 to 30.6.05; Participating member, Employment, Workplace Relations, Small Business and Education: Legislation and References Committees from 24.8.99 to 11.2.02; Participating member, Employment, Workplace Relations and Education: Legislation and References Committees from 11.3.02 to 30.6.05; Participating member, Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts: Legislation and References Committees from 24.8.99 to 30.6.05; Participating member, Finance and Public Administration: Legislation and References Committees from 24.8.99 to 30.6.05; Participating member, Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: Legislation and References Committees from 24.8.99 to 30.6.05; Participating member, Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: Legislation and References Committees from 24.8.99 to 30.6.05.
  • Senate Select: Community Standards Relevant to the Supply of Services Utilising Electronic Technologies from 22.5.96 to 26.6.97; Medicare from 15.5.03 to 11.2.04.
  • Senate Estimates: F from 6.5.93 to 8.2.94 and from 12.5.94 to 10.10.94.
  • Joint Statutory: Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings from 2.6.94 to 1.7.02.
Conferences, delegations and visits
  • Attended CPA Annual Group Discussion, London and Isle of Man, May 1985.
  • Member, Australian Political Exchange Delegation to Canada, October 1985.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Russia and Ukraine, March-April 1995.
  • Member, 99th IPU Conference, Namibia, and bilateral visits to Zimbabwe, Angola and Mozambique, April 1998; Leader, 100th IPU Conference, Moscow, September 1998.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the Philippines and Japan, May-June 1999.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Singapore, September 2000.
  • Member, Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing Committee on Community Affairs visit to UK and Canada, April 2001.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to South Africa, September 2001.
  • Parliamentary Adviser, United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), New York, September-December 2003.
Parliamentary party positions
  • Deputy Opposition Whip in the Senate from 14.9.87 to 7.4.93.
  • Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 7.4.93 to 26.5.94. Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs from 7.4.93 to 26.5.94.
Party positions
  • State President, Young Liberal Movement (WA) 1977-81.
  • Member, Liberal Party State Executive (WA) 1977-85.
  • Member, Liberal Party State Council (WA) from 1977.
  • State Vice-President (WA) 1981-83.
  • State Campaign Chairman (WA) 1982-85.
  • Senior Vice-President, Liberal Party (WA) 1983-85.
  • Life Member, Young Liberal Movement.
Personal
  • Born 10.4.1951, Brisbane, Qld.
Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
  • Sales/marketing manager.