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WONG, the Hon. Penelope (Penny) Ying YenBiography for WONG, the Hon. Penelope (Penny) Ying Yen

Senator for South Australia

Australian Labor Party

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the Senate for South Australia 2001 (term began 1.7.2002), 2007 and 2013.

Ministerial Appointments

Minister for Climate Change and Water from 3.12.07 to 8.3.10.

Minister for Climate Change, Energy Efficiency and Water from 8.3.10 to 14.9.10.

Minister for Finance and Deregulation from 14.9.10 to 18.9.13.

Committee Service

Senate Standing: Library from 1.7.02 to 15.11.04; Senators' Interests from 1.7.02 to 15.11.04; Appropriations and Staffing from 26.6.13; Procedure from 26.6.13.

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts: References Committee from 1.7.02 to 15.11.04; Finance and Public Administration: References Committee from 1.7.02 to 1.3.04; Economics: References Committee from 1.3.04 to 15.11.04; Employment, Workplace Relations and Education: Legislation Committee from 18.11.04 to 1.7.05.

Senate Select: Superannuation from 10.12.02 to 10.9.03; Ministerial Discretion in Migration Matters from 23.6.03 to 31.3.04.

Joint Statutory: Corporations and Financial Services from 1.7.02 to 17.10.07; Intelligence and Security from 16.7.14 to 25.11.2014 and from 25.6.15.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate from 4.2.13 to 26.6.13.

Leader of the Government in the Senate from 26.6.13 to 18.9.13.

Leader of the Opposition in the Senate from 18.9.13.

Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 22.10.04 to 3.12.07 and from 14.10.13. Shadow Minister for Employment and Workforce Participation from 26.10.04 to 10.12.06; Shadow Minister for Corporate Governance and Responsibility from 26.10.04 to 10.12.06; Shadow Minister for Public Administration and Accountability and Shadow Minister for Workforce Participation from 10.12.06 to 3.12.07.

Shadow Minister for Trade and Investment from 18.10.13.

Party Positions

Delegate, ALP State Convention (SA) 1989-94 and from 1996.

Deputy Convener, ALP State Platform Committee (SA) 1990-94.

Member, ALP State Executive (SA) 1996-99.

Convener, ALP Ethnic Policy Network 1998-99.

Member, ALP National Policy Committee on Industry, Infrastructure and Regional Development 1998-2000.

Delegate, ALP National Conference 2000-04.

Australian Labor National Campaign Spokesperson for the 2007 and 2013 Federal Elections.

Other Positions

Member, Human Rights Committee, Law Society of South Australia 1998-2002.

Chair, UNIFEM Adelaide Breakfast Committee 1999-2001.


Born 5.11.1968, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.

Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

BA (Jurisprudence), LLB (Hons) (Adel), GradDip in Legal Practice (SA).

Industrial officer 1990-94.

Senior Policy Adviser to the Minister for Land and Conservation (NSW), the Hon. KM Yeadon 1995-96.

Barrister and solicitor 1996-1999.

Legal officer 1999-2002.