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

Senator for South Australia 2011-15

Australian Greens

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the Senate for South Australia 2010 (term began 1.7.2011). Resigned 10.9.15.

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 to 24.6.15).

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 to 10.9.15.

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 to 10.9.15.

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.