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HALVERSON, the Hon. Robert George, OBEBiography for HALVERSON, the Hon. Robert George, OBE

Member for Casey (Vic) 1984-98

Liberal Party of Australia



Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Casey, Victoria, 1984, 1987, 1990, 1993 and 1996. Retired prior to general elections 1998.


Parliamentary Positions

Speaker of the House of Representatives from 30.4.96 to 3.3.98.


Committee Service

House of Representatives Standing: House from 31.3.87 to 8.10.87 and from 29.5.96 (Chair from 29.5.96) to 3.3.98; Transport, Communications and Infrastructure from 8.10.87 to 1.6.89; Selection from 15.5.90 to 8.2.93 and from 31.5.94 to 29.1.96; Library from 29.5.96 (Chair from 29.5.96) to 3.3.98.

Joint Statutory: Public Works from 28.2.85 to 19.2.90 and from 12.5.93 to 29.1.96; Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings from 30.5.96 to 3.3.98.

Joint: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 20.10.87 to 29.1.96; Australian Capital Territory from 7.3.91 to 7.5.92; Parliamentary Zone from 12.9.91 to 8.2.93; National Capital from 7.5.92 to 8.2.93; National Capital and External Territories from 27.5.93 to 29.6.94; Treaties from 27.5.98 to 31.8.98.


Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Australian Representative, Joint IDU/PDU Delegation to the Philippines, August 1986.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the European Parliamentary Institutions, Strasbourg, Brussels and the Federal Republic of Germany, September 1986.

Representative, Public Works Committee Antarctic Expedition, February 1988.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the South Pacific, June 1988.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the USSR, August 1988.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Norway, Sweden and Denmark, October-November 1990.

Member, Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade study tour of Indonesia, October 1992.

Attended CPA meeting, London, May 1994.

Deputy Leader, Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade (Foreign Affairs Sub-Committee) visit to Thailand and Laos, November-December 1994.

Member, Delegation to the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum Executive Committee Meeting, Phuket, Thailand, September 1995. Member, Official Delegation to the 4th Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum Annual Meeting, Cha'am and bilateral visit to Cambodia, January 1996.

Official visit to New Zealand, July 1996.

Leader, Delegation to the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum Executive Committee Meeting, Ottawa, Canada, September 1996.

Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to 96th IPU Conference, Beijing, China, and bilateral visits to Vietnam and the Philippines, September-October 1996; 97th IPU Conference, Seoul, and bilateral visit to Japan, April 1997; 98th IPU Conference, Cairo, and bilateral visit to Kuwait, September 1997; 99th IPU Conference, Namibia, and bilateral visits to Zimbabwe, Angola and Mozambique, April 1998.

Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to the 5th Annual Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum, Vancouver, Canada, January 1997.

Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to USA and Venezuela, July 1997.

Member, Conference of Commonwealth Speakers and Presiding Officers, Trinidad and Tobago, and bilateral visit to Singapore, January 1998.

Bilateral visit to Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Israel, June 1998.

Observer, Cambodian Election, July 1998.


Parliamentary Party Positions

Opposition Whip from 11.4.90 to 7.4.93 and from 26.5.94 to 2.6.94.

Chief Opposition Whip from 2.6.94 to 11.3.96.


Party Positions

Delegate, State Council (Vic) 1983-84.

Chair, Warrandyte Electorate Committee 1983-84.


Personal

Born 22.10.37 at Springvale, Vic.

Married.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

Served as RAAF officer 1956-81.

Financial analyst/client adviser 1981-84.


Military Service

RAAF: Commissioned 1957; Squadron Leader 1966; Wing Commander 1974; Group Captain 1979.


Honours

Officer of the Order of the British Empire, bestowed January 1978.


Electorate

Description: Outer metropolitan.

Location: North-east of Melbourne; it includes the centres of Chirnside Park, Croydon, Kilsyth, Lilydale, Montrose, Mooroolbark, Mount Evelyn and Wandin.

Area: 411 sq km (approx.).

Electors enrolled: 76 053 (at 5.2.96).

Industries: Market gardens, orchards, nurseries, beef and dairy farms, vineyards, sawmills, light manufacturing and engineering.

State electorates: Casey includes parts of the Victorian Legislative Assembly electorates of Evelyn, Monbulk, Mooroolbark and Warrandyte.