Mr Barry Wakelin MP


Former Member

Liberal Party of Australia
House of Representatives


Parliamentary service
  • Elected to the House of Representatives for Grey, South Australia, 1993, 1996, 1998, 2001 and 2004. Retired prior to general elections 2007.
Committee service
  • House of Representatives Standing: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs from 12.5.93 to 29.1.96 and from 8.12.98; Long Term Strategies from 26.5.93 to 29.1.96; Employment, Education and Training from 26.10.93 to 29.1.96; Environment, Recreation and the Arts from 30.6.94 to 29.1.96; Communications, Transport and Microeconomic Reform from 29.5.96 to 31.8.98; Primary Industries, Resources and Rural and Regional Affairs from 29.5.96 to 31.8.98; Family and Community Affairs from 8.12.98 (Chair from 10.12.98) to 8.10.01.
  • Joint Statutory: Public Works from 12.8.04 to 17.10.07.
  • Joint Standing: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 1.12.04 to 17.10.07; Parliamentary Library from 28.2.06 to 17.10.07.
Conferences, delegations and visits
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to USA, Belgium and UK, September 2002.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to UK, May 2004.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Hong Kong, December 2005.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to UK, Poland and Italy, June-July 2006.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Brazil and Uruguay, June-July 2007.
Party positions
  • Member, Liberal Party from 1983.
  • Branch President, Liberal Party.
  • Born 7.5.1946 at Kimba, SA.
  • Married.
Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
  • Bank clerk, sharefarmer, shearer, labourer, farmer, small businessman.
  • Description: rural.
  • Location: a large electorate covering most of rural South Australia apart from south-east corner; it includes the centres of Burra, Ceduna, Coober Pedy, Eudunda, Kadina, Maitland, Orroroo, Peterborough, Port Augusta, Port Lincoln, Port Pirie, Roxby Downs and Whyalla.
  • Area: 904 881 sq km (approx.).
  • Electors enrolled: 97 291 (at 9.10.04).
  • Industries: lead smelting, steel industry, tourism, fishing, oil, gas, opals, jade, iron ore, uranium, wheat, cattle, wool, forestry, salt and slate.
  • State electorates: Grey includes the South Australian House of Assembly electorates of Flinders and Giles, and parts of Chaffey, Frome, Goyder and Stuart.