Senator Helen Polley

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Senator for Tasmania

Positions
Chair of Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Bills
Party
Australian Labor Party
Chamber
Senate

Seating Plan

Seating map

Electorate Office

(Principal Office)

'The Charles', Suite 101
287 Charles Street
Launceston, TAS, 7250

Postal address

PO Box 1223
Launceston, TAS, 7250

Telephone:
(03) 6331 2599
Fax:
(03) 6331 2588
Toll Free:
1300 134 923

Parliament Office

PO Box 6100
Senate
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Telephone:
(02) 6277 3129
Fax:
(02) 6277 5753

Biography

Parliamentary service
  • Elected to the Senate for Tasmania 2004. Re-elected 2010 and 2016.
Parliamentary positions
  • Temporary Chair of Committees from 28.9.10 to 11.11.13
Committee service
  • Senate Standing: Library from 1.7.2005 to 7.12.2005; Publications from 1.7.2005 to 28.2.2007; Procedure from 12.11.2013 to 11.2.2014; Scrutiny of Bills from 12.11.2013 to 9.5.2016 (Chair from 11.2.2014 to 9.5.2016); Scrutiny of Bills from 1.9.2016 (Chair from 1.9.2016).
  • Senate Select: State Government Financial Management from 14.2.2008 to 18.9.2008.
  • Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Community Affairs: Legislation from 1.7.2005 to 11.9.2006; Community Affairs: References from 1.7.2005 to 11.9.2006; Community Affairs from 11.9.2006 to 30.6.2008; Finance and Public Administration from 12.2.2008 to 14.5.2009 (Chair from 13.2.2008 to 14.5.2009); Finance and Public Administration: Legislation from 14.5.2009 to 11.11.2013 (Chair from 14.5.2009 to 11.11.2013); Finance and Public Administration: References from 14.5.2009 to 11.11.2013; Community Affairs: References from 3.12.2015 to 9.5.2016 (Substitute member from 3.12.2015 to 9.5.2016); Community Affairs: References from 15.9.2016 to 20.6.2017 (Substitute member from 15.9.2016 to 20.6.2017); Community Affairs: References from 16.8.2017 (Substitute member from 16.8.2017).
  • Joint Statutory: Australian Crime Commission from 1.7.2005 to 25.11.2010; Law Enforcement from 25.11.2010 to 5.8.2013.
  • Joint Standing: Migration from 6.12.2006 to 30.6.2008; Electoral Matters from 30.9.2010 to 5.8.2013.
Parliamentary party positions
  • Deputy Government Whip in the Senate from 27.9.2010 to 18.9.2013.
  • Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Aged Care from 18.10.2013 to 23.7.2016.
  • Shadow Assistant Minister for Ageing from 23.7.2016.
  • Shadow Assistant Minister to the Opposition Leader (Tasmania) from 23.7.2016.
Party positions
  • Delegate, ALP National Conference
  • Member, ALP Administrative Committee (Tas)
  • Delegate, ALP State Conference (Tas) from 1984
  • President, ALP (Tas) 1992-95
Personal
  • Born 9.2.1957, Ulverstone, Australia.
  • Married
Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
  • Dip.BA (Launceston Business College)
  • Adviser to the State Premier (Tas), the Hon. JA Bacon, MHA 1998-2004
  • Adviser to the State Premier (Tas), the Hon. PA Lennon, MHA 2004