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Biography for SPINDLER, Sid

Senator for Victoria 1990-96

Australian Democrats

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the Senate for Victoria 1990 (term began 1.7.90). Retired 30.6.96.

Committee Service

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 1.7.90 to 10.10.94; Full member, Legal and Constitutional: References and Legislation Committees from 10.10.94 to 30.6.96; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 10.10.91 to 18.8.93; Full member, Economics: References and Legislation Committees from 10.10.94 to 30.6.96.

Senate Select: Superannuation from 20.6.91 to 13.8.91; Victorian Casino Inquiry from 20.5.96 to 30.6.96.

Joint Statutory: National Crime Authority from 1.7.90 to 30.6.96; Corporations and Securities from 6.3.91 to 30.6.96; Australian Security Intelligence Organization from 21.11.95 to 29.1.96.

Joint: Migration Regulations from 1.7.90 to 19.2.91; Electoral Matters from 1.7.93 to 19.8.93.

Joint Select: Certain Aspects of the Operation and Interpretation of the Family Law Act from 17.4.91 to 18.5.93; Certain Family Law Issues from 18.5.93 to 28.11.95.

Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Poland, July-August 1991.

Member, Official Delegation to Hong Kong and China, July 1994.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Spokesman for Australian Democrats on Attorney-General, including Justice (minus Consumer Affairs); Treasury and Finance; Trade and Customs; Population, Immigration and Ethnic Affairs from 1.7.90 to 8.10.91; on Attorney-General; Defence; Trade and Customs; Veterans' Affairs from 8.10.91 to 17.8.92; on Attorney-General; Customs; Defence; Ethnic Affairs; Housing; Trade from 17.8.92 to 30.6.93; on Attorney-General (including Justice and Trade Practices Commission); Customs; Ethnic Affairs; Industry; Trade from 1.7.93 to 7.12.95; on Attorney-General and Justice; Trade and Customs; Ethnic Affairs; Industry and Regional Development from 7.12.95 to 30.6.96.

Party Positions

Deputy National President, Australian Democrats 1987-90.

State President, Australian Democrats (Vic) 1985-89.


Born 9.7.32 at Lodz, Poland.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

LLB, MA (Prelim.) (Melb).

Senior Adviser to Senator the Hon. D. Chipp and Senator J. Haines.

Director and consultant.

Small businessman.

Administration manager, Alice Springs Community College.

Administrator, Outer Eastern Regional Council for Social Development.