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Biography for CHILD, the Hon. Joan, AO

Member for Henty (Vic) 1974-75 and 1980-90

Australian Labor Party

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Henty, Victoria, 1974. Defeated 1975. Re-elected for Henty 1980, 1983, 1984 and 1987.

Retired prior to general elections 1990.

Parliamentary Positions

Deputy Chairman of Committees from 21.4.83 to 28.2.84.

Chairman of Committees and Deputy Speaker from 28.2.84 to 11.2.86.

Speaker of the House of Representatives from 11.2.86 to 28.8.89.

Committee Service

House of Representatives Standing: House from 11.2.86 (Chairman from 11.2.86) to 28.8.89; Library from 11.2.86 to 28.8.89.

Joint Statutory: Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings from 11.2.86 (Chairman from 19.3.86) to 28.8.89.

Joint: Prices from 25.7.74 to 11.11.75; New Parliament House from 11.2.86 (Joint Chairman from 11.2.86) to 28.8.89.

Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Scandinavia, May-June 1982.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the European Parliamentary Institutions, Strasbourg, the Hague and France, September-October 1983.

Attended 15th Regional Conference of Presiding Officers and Clerks, Brisbane, June 1984; 17th Regional Conference of Presiding Officers and Clerks, Melbourne, June 1986.

Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to the USSR and Poland, June-July 1986.

Official visits to Greece and Israel, January-February 1988.

Attended 9th Conference of Commonwealth Speakers and Presiding Officers, London, July 1988.

Party Positions

Delegate, ALP State Council (Vic) 1970-73.

Delegate, ALP Federal Conference 1981.

Secretary, Henty Federal Electorate Assembly 1970-74; President 1974-80; Vice-President from 1981.


Born at Melbourne, Vic.

Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

Electorate secretary.

Executive Officer of the Victorian State Colleges Staff Association 1976-78.


Appointed Officer of the Order of Australia, June 1990.


Description: Metropolitan - residential suburban.

Location: South-eastern Melbourne; following the 1984 Federal redistribution includes the suburbs of Bentleigh, Carnegie, Chadstone, Coatesville, East Bentleigh, Glenhuntly, Holmesglen, Hughesdale, McKinnon, Malvern East, Murrumbeena and Oakleigh, Ormond and South Caulfield.

Area: 36 sq km (approx.).

Electors enrolled: 68 263 (at 11.7.87).

Industries: Electrical goods, clothing factories, plastics, furniture and other light manufacturing industries.

State electorates: Henty includes the Victorian Legislative Assembly electorate of Oakleigh, and parts of Bentleigh, Caulfield, Clayton and Malvern.

(Note: Following the 1989 Federal redistribution the seat of Henty was abolished.)