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LINES, Susan (Sue)Biography for LINES, Susan (Sue)

Senator for Western Australia

Australian Labor Party

Parliamentary Service

Chosen by the Parliament of Western Australia on 15.5.2013 under section 15 of the Constitution to represent that State in the Senate, vice the Hon. CV Evans (resigned) (term ended 9.5.2016). Elected 2016.

Parliamentary Positions

Temporary Chair of Committees from 7.7.14 to 9.5.16.

Deputy President of the Senate from 30.9.16.

Committee Service

Senate Standing: Library from 1.7.14 to 9.5.16 and from 1.9.16; Senators' Interests from 12.11.14 to 9.5.16 and from 1.9.16; Appropriations, Staffing and Security from 1.9.16.

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Education, Employment and Workplace Relations: Legislation and References Committees (renamed Education and Employment on 12.2.15) from 12.11.13 to 9.5.16 (Chair of References from 12.12.13 to 9.5.16); Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: Legislation Committee from 12.11.13 to 1.7.14 and References Committee from 12.11.13 to 9.5.16; Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee from 24.11.2014 to 9.5.16.

Senate Select: Abbott Government's Commission of Audit from 12.12.13 to 19.6.14; Abbott Government's Budget Cuts from 26.6.14 to 9.5.16 (renamed Scrutiny of Government Budget Measures on 11.8.15).

Joint Standing: Treaties from 4.12.13 to 9.5.16; Parliamentary Library from 1.7.14 to 9.5.16 and from 10.10.16 (Chair from 10.10.16); Trade and Investment Growth from 12.9.16 to 11.10.16.

Joint Select: DisabilityCare Australia from 18.6.13 to 5.8.13.

Party Positions

Member, ALP State Executive (WA) from 1990.

Member, ALP Administrative Committee (WA) 1990-98.

Delegate, ALP State Conference (WA) from 1990.

Member, various ALP Policy Committees (WA) from 1990.

Delegate to ALP National Conference from 2000.

Member, ALP National Executive from 2002.

Member, ALP National Policy Committee 2007-09.

Delegate to NSW ALP Conference (NSW) from 2007.

Member, NSW ALP Education and Training Policy Committee (NSW).

Vice-President, Sydney Federal Electorate Council from 2008.


Born 15.12.1953, Perth, WA.

Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

BEd (Murdoch).

Teacher 1984-85.

Community organiser 1985-87.

Organiser, United Voice 1987-2001.

Assistant Branch Secretary, United Voice 2001-07.

Assistant National Secretary, United Voice 2007-13.