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FARRELL, the Hon. Donald EdwardBiography for FARRELL, the Hon. Donald Edward

Senator for South Australia 2008-14

Australian Labor Party

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the Senate for South Australia 2007 (term began 1.7.2008). Defeated at general elections (term ended 30.6.2014).

Ministerial Appointments

Minister for Science and Research from 25.3.13 to 1.7.13.

Minister Assisting for Tourism from 25.3.13 to 18.9.13.

Minister for Sport from 1.7.13 to 18.9.13.

Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water for 14.9.10 to 25.3.13.

Committee Service

Senate Standing: Privileges from 13.8.09 to 27.9.10.

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 1.7.08 to 14.5.09; Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport from 5.2.09 to 14.5.09; Foreign, Affairs, Defence and Trade: Legislation Committee from 14.5.09 to 27.9.10.

Senate Select: Agricultural and Related Industries from 15.9.08 to 12.12.08.

Joint Statutory: Corporations and Financial Services from 16.3.09 to 26.10.10.

Joint Standing: Treaties from 1.7.08 to 19.7.10.

Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Official visits to Brunei, October 2010; Singapore, July 2011; Samoa, July 2011; Singapore, June-July 2012.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Deputy Government Whip in the Senate from 1.7.08 to 14.9.10.

Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 14.10.13 to 30.6.14. Shadow Minister for Veterans' Affairs and Shadow Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC from 18.10.13 to 30.6.14.

Party Positions

Member, ALP (SA) from 1976.

Delegate, ALP State Convention (SA) from 1976.

Delegate, ALP State Council (SA) from 1976.

Delegate, ALP National Conference from 1984.

Member, ALP State Executive (SA) 1985-90.

President, ALP (SA) 1988.


Born 6.6.1954, Murray Bridge, SA.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

LLB (Adel).

Shop assistant, Cleland National Park 1970-76.

Mail sorter 1972.

Council worker 1974.

Waiter 1975.

Industrial Officer, Shop Distributive and Allied Employees' Association 1976-80.

Assistant Secretary, Shop Distributive and Allied Employees' Association 1980-93.

Secretary, Shop Distributive and Allied Employees' Association 1993-2008.