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LEES, Meg HeatherBiography for LEES, Meg Heather

Senator for South Australia 1990-2005

Australian Progressive Alliance (formerly Australian Democrats from 4.4.90 to 16.7.02; Independent from 26.7.02 to 27.4.03)



Parliamentary service

Chosen by the Parliament of South Australia on 4.4.1990 under section 15 of the Constitution to represent that State in the Senate, vice J. Haines (resigned) (term ended 30.6.1993).

Elected 1993 (term began 1.7.1993) and 1998. Defeated at general elections 2004 (term ended 30.6.2005).


Committee service

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Community Affairs from 1.6.90 to 10.10.94; Community Affairs: References Committee from 10.10.94 to 30.10.97 and from 13.2.02 to 15.11.04 and Legislation Committee from 10.10.94 to 2.3.98; Environment, Recreation, Communications and the Arts: References Committee from 15.11.95 (Chair from 21.11.95) to 2.3.98 and Legislation Committee from 15.11.95 to 30.10.97.

Participating member, Community Affairs: Legislation Committee from 24.11.98 to 11.2.02 and from 19.8.02 to 15.11.04 and References Committee from 7.12.04 to 30.6.05; Participating member, Finance and Public Administration: Legislation Committee from 10.11.94 to 29.4.96 and from 21.10.02 to 15.11.04 and References Committee from 21.10.02 to 15.11.04; Participating member, Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts: Legislation and References Committees from 24.11.98 to 15.11.04; Participating member, Employment, Workplace Relations and Education: Legislation and References Committees from 19.8.02 to 15.11.04; Participating member, Legal and Constitutional: Legislation and References Committees from 19.8.02 to 15.11.04; Participating member, Economics: Legislation and References Committees from 21.10.02 to 15.11.04; Participating member, Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: Legislation and References Committees from 21.10.02 to 15.11.04; Participating member, Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: References Committee from 21.10.02 to 15.11.04 and Legislation Committee from 21.6.04 to 15.11.04.

Senate Select: Superannuation from 13.8.91 to 17.10.91; Land Fund Bill from 30.11.94 to 9.2.95; Uranium Mining and Milling from 1.7.96 to 15.5.97; Medicare from 15.5.03 to 11.2.04.

Joint Statutory: Native Title and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Fund from 9.8.01 to 30.6.05.

Joint Standing: Electoral Matters from 19.8.93 to 1.7.96.


Conferences, delegations and visits

Study tour, UK, July 2000; Thailand, June 2001.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Canada and China, November-December 2002.


Parliamentary party positions

Deputy Leader of the Australian Democrats from 2.10.91 to 15.10.97.

Interim Leader of the Australian Democrats from 15.10.97 to 5.12.97.

Leader of the Australian Democrats from 5.12.97 to 6.4.01.

Spokesperson for Australian Democrats on Arts, Sport, Tourism and Territories; Status of Women from 8.5.90 to 30.6.90; on Social Security (including Retirement Income); Community Services (including Aged Care); Sport; Tourism from 1.7.90 to 8.10.91; on Community Services; Health; Ethnic Affairs; Social Security; Sport; Women from 8.10.91 to 17.8.92; on Employment; Health and Community Services; Social Security; Sport; Women from 17.8.92 to 30.6.93; on Community, Family and Aged Care Services; Consumer Affairs; Electoral Matters; Health; Housing; Sport; Veterans' Affairs from 1.7.93 to 7.12.95; on Environment; Family and Aged Care Services; Health; Sport; Veterans' Affairs from 7.12.95 to 30.6.96; on Environment; Health; Population; Resources and Energy; Sport from 1.7.96 to 20.10.97; on Commonwealth/State Relations; Energy and Resources; Environment; Health; Population; Prime Minister and Cabinet; Women from 20.10.97 to 12.12.97; on Prime Minister and Cabinet; Treasurer; Health; Energy and Resources; Commonwealth/State Relations; Women from 12.12.97; on Fisheries; Forestry and Conservation; Health; Prime Minister and Cabinet; Resources (including Energy); Sport (including Olympics); Status of Women; Treasurer from 1.1.99 to 1.7.99; on Health; Prime Minister and Cabinet; Sport (including Olympics); Status of Women; Treasurer from 1.7.99 to 14.4.01; Consumer Affairs; Employment and Employment Services; Health; Local Government; Sport; Training from 14.4.01 to 9.8.01; Consumer Affairs; Health; Indigenous Affairs; Local Government; Sport; Training from 9.8.01 to 1.7.02; Child Care and Child Support; Health; Indigenous Affairs; Local Government; Sport; Training from 1.7.02 to 26.7.02.


Party positions

Secretary, Australian Democrats Mt Gambier Branch 1982-85.

Branch Representative to State Council, Australian Democrats (SA) 1983-86.

Policy Convenor, Australian Democrats (SA) 1986-87.

Vice-President, Australian Democrats (SA) 1986-87.

State President, Australian Democrats (SA) 1987-89.


Personal

Born 19.10.1948, Burwood, NSW.

Married.


Qualifications and occupation before entering federal Parliament

BEd (Adelaide CAE), DipPE (Sydney Teachers College).

Teacher.

Councillor, Australian Conservation Foundation.