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WRIGHT, Penelope (Penny) LesleyBiography for WRIGHT, Penelope (Penny) Lesley

Senator for South Australia

Australian Greens

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the Senate for South Australia 2010 (term began 1.7.2011).

Committee Service

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Legal and Constitutional Affairs: Legislation and References Committees from 5.7.11 to 24.6.15 (Chair of References from 2.12.13).

Senate Select: School Funding from 12.12.13 to 9.7.14.

Joint Statutory: Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity from 4.7.11 to 22.3.12; Law Enforcement from 4.7.11 to 9.5.12; Human Rights from 22.3.12.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Australian Greens portfolios: Attorney-General (excluding National Security), Native Title, Veterans' Affairs, Social Inclusion, Mental Health, Heritage from 1.7.11 to 1.7.12; Attorney-General (excluding National Security), Mental Health, Schools and Education, Social Inclusion, Veterans' Affairs from 1.7.12 to 11.11.13; Attorney-General, Schools, Veterans' Affairs, Mental Health, Employment and Workplace Relations (Senate) from 11.11.13 to 1.7.14; Attorney-General, Mental Health, Schools from 1.7.14 to 25.5.15; Attorney-General, Schools, Mental Health from 25.5.15.

Party Positions

Member, Australian Greens from 1995.

Delegate, Australian Greens State Council (SA) 2008-10.

Member, Grievance Committee 2008-10.

Branch Convener, Inner Southern Greens 2009-10.


Born 19.1.1961, Red Cliffs, Vic.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

BA, LLB (Melb.), GradDipEnvStudies (Adel).

Solicitor, Ballarat 1984-86.

Solicitor, Tenants' Union of Victoria 1986-88.

University lecturer, Flinders University 1994-98.

Member, Residential Tenancies Tribunal 1993-2003.

Deputy President, Guardianship Board 1996-2010.

Conciliator and investigating solicitor, Legal Practitioners Conduct Board 2003-06.

Member, Social Security Appeals Tribunal 2006-07.

Family mediator 2007-10.