Former Senator Robert Ray

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Former Senator

Party
Australian Labor Party
Chamber
Senate

Biography

Parliamentary service
  • Elected to the Senate for Victoria 1980 (term began 1.7.1981), 1983, 1984, 1987, 1990, 1996 and 2001. Resigned 5.5.2008.
Parliamentary appointments
  • Parliamentary Representative on the Australian Council for Union Training 1983-85.
  • Member, Parliamentary Retiring Allowances Trust from 18.2.87 to 22.9.87.
Ministerial appointments
  • Minister for Home Affairs from 24.7.87 to 2.9.88.
  • Minister Assisting the Minister for Transport and Communications from 19.1.88 to 2.9.88.
  • Minister for Immigration, Local Government and Ethnic Affairs from 2.9.88 to 4.4.90.
  • Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Multicultural Affairs from 2.9.88 to 4.4.90.
  • Minister for Defence from 4.4.90 to 11.3.96.
Committee service
  • Senate Standing: Privileges from 25.8.81 to 5.6.87, from 2.5.96 (Chair from 9.5.96) to 7.9.05 and from 11.12.05 to 5.5.08; Standing Orders from 25.8.81 to 5.6.87; Disputed Returns and Qualifications from 4.5.83 to 5.6.87; Library from 11.9.85 to 5.6.87; Procedure from 9.10.87 to 7.9.05 and from 11.12.05 to 5.5.08; Appropriations and Staffing from 2.5.96 to 5.5.08; Scrutiny of Bills from 18.11.04 to 5.5.08.
  • Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Education and the Arts from 9.9.81 to 4.2.83; Finance and Government Operations from 21.4.83 to 21.2.85; Environment, Recreation, Communications and the Arts: References Committee from 2.5.96 to 4.12.96; Finance and Public Administration: Legislation Committee from 9.10.96 to 11.2.02.
  • Senate Select: Television Equalisation from 5.12.86 to 23.3.87; Victorian Casino Inquiry from 20.5.96 to 5.12.96; Scrafton Evidence from 30.8.04 to 15.11.04.
  • Senate Estimates: C from 26.8.81 to 4.2.83; A from 4.5.83 (Chair from 10.5.83 to 10.9.85) to 23.9.85 and from 12.3.86 to 5.6.87.
  • Joint Statutory: Australian Security Intelligence Organization from 31.5.96 to 11.2.02; ASIO, ASIS and DSD from 14.2.02 to 2.12.05; Intelligence and Security from 2.12.05 to 5.5.08.
  • Joint Standing: Electoral Matters from 14.2.02 to 31.8.04.
  • Joint Select: Electoral Reform from 12.5.83 (Chair from 22.3.85) to 5.6.87; Intelligence Services from 28.6.01 to 27.8.01.
Conferences, delegations and visits
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the European Parliamentary Institutions, Strasbourg and Berlin, September-October 1985.
  • Observer, US Congressional Elections, Washington DC, October-November 1986.
  • Official visits to New Zealand, March 1988; USA, Canada and Hong Kong, January- February 1989; Europe, June 1989; USA, October 1990; Middle East, November 1990; New Zealand, April 1991; Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea, April-May 1991; Papua New Guinea, August 1991; Italy, France, Germany, UK and Hong Kong, October-November 1991; Malaysia, November 1991; Papua New Guinea, February 1992; Japan, USA and Fiji, September-October 1992; Egypt, October 1992; New Zealand, July 1993; Papua New Guinea and Malaysia, December 1993; Indonesia, July-August 1994; Malaysia and Singapore, September 1994; Philippines, October 1994; Italy, France, USA and Israel, April-May 1995; New Zealand, July 1995; Hawaii, September 1995; Indonesia, December 1995.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to France and Belgium, June-July 1997.
  • Parliamentary Adviser, United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), New York, September-December 1999.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, September-October 2003.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, December 2003.
  • Parliamentary Adviser, United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), New York, September-December 2005.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to South Africa, September-October 2006.
Parliamentary party positions
  • Deputy Manager of Government Business in the Senate from 24.7.87 to 2.9.88.
  • Manager of Government Business in the Senate from 2.9.88 to 4.6.91.
  • Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate from 24.3.93 to 11.3.96.
Party positions
  • Delegate, ALP State Conference (Vic) 1970-96.
  • Delegate, ALP National Conferences 1982, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990 and 1994.
  • Delegate, ALP National Executive 1983-98.
Personal
  • Born 8.4.1947, Melbourne, Vic.
  • Married.
Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
  • BA (Hons), DipEd (Monash).
  • School teacher.