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POLLEY, Helen BeatriceBiography for POLLEY, Helen Beatrice

Senator for Tasmania

Australian Labor Party

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the Senate for Tasmania 2004 (term began 1.7.2005) and 2010.

Parliamentary Positions

Temporary Chair of Committees from 28.9.10 to 11.11.13.

Committee Service

Senate Standing: Library from 1.7.05 to 7.12.05; Publications from 1.7.05 to 28.2.07; Procedure from 12.11.13 to 11.2.14; Scrutiny of Bills: Legislative Scrutiny from 12.11.13 (Chair from 11.2.14).

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Community Affairs: Legislation and References Committees from 1.7.05 to 11.9.06; Community Affairs from 11.9.06 to 30.6.08; Finance and Public Administration from 12.2.08 (Chair from 13.2.08) to 14.5.09; Finance and Public Administration: Legislation and References Committees from 14.5.09 to 11.11.13 (Chair, Legislation Committee from 14.5.09 to 11.11.13).

Senate Select: State Government Financial Management from 14.2.08 to 18.9.08.

Joint Statutory: Australian Crime Commission from 1.7.05 to 25.11.10; Law Enforcement from 25.11.10 to 5.8.13.

Joint Standing: Migration from 6.12.06 to 30.6.08; Electoral Matters from 30.9.10 to 5.8.13.

Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Taiwan, September 2006.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the Cook Islands, New Zealand and Fiji, November 2006.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to New Zealand, April 2008.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Chile, Colombia and Argentina, August 2008.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Indonesia and Tonga, September-October 2011.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Deputy Government Whip in the Senate from 27.9.10 to 18.9.13.

Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Aged Care from 18.10.13.

Party Positions

Delegate, ALP State Conference (Tas) from 1984.

President, ALP (Tas) 1992-95.

Delegate, ALP National Conference.

Member, ALP Administrative Committee (Tas).


Born 9.2.1957, Ulverstone, Tas.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

Diploma in Business Administration, Launceston Business College.

Adviser to the State Premier (Tas), the Hon. JA Bacon, MHA 1998-2004.

Adviser to the State Premier (Tas), the Hon. PA Lennon, MHA 2004.