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Biography for WALSH, the Hon. Peter Alexander, AO

Senator for Western Australia 1974-93

Australian Labor Party



Parliamentary Service

Elected to the Senate for Western Australia 1974 (term deemed to have begun 1.7.73), 1975, 1977, 1983 and 1987 (term expired 30.6.93).


Ministerial Appointments

Minister for Resources and Energy from 11.3.83 to 13.12.84.

Minister for Finance from 13.12.84 to 4.4.90.

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Public Service Matters from 13.12.84 to 24.7.87.


Committee Service

Senate Standing: Library from 12.2.75 to 11.11.75; Regulations and Ordinances from 21.8.75 to 28.10.75; Appropriations and Staffing from 11.5.90 to 30.6.93; Procedure from 18.12.90 to 13.8.91.

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Finance and Government Operations from 25.9.74 to 11.11.75, from 24.3.77 to 17.8.78 and from 10.9.81 to 4.2.83; Industry and Trade from 25.9.74 to 11.11.75; Trade and Commerce from 24.3.76 to 27.8.81; Finance and Public Administration from 11.5.90 to 30.6.93; Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 11.5.90 to 30.6.93; Transport, Communications and Infrastructure from 11.5.90 to 18.5.93.

Senate Select: Corporations and Securities Industry Bill 1975 from 23.4.75 to 11.11.75; Statutory Authority Financing from 22.4.83 to 13.10.83; Sales Tax Legislation from 25.6.92 to 30.6.93.

Senate Estimates: D from 3.10.74 to 15.4.75; from 16.3.78 to 1.4.80 and from 6.5.93; A from 15.4.75 to 11.11.75 and from 9.5.90 to 6.5.93; G from 29.4.76 to 26.8.76; B from 26.8.76 to 16.3.78; E from 1.4.80 to 2.4.81; H from 2.4.81 to 4.2.83.


Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Member, Parliamentary Exchange visit to New Zealand, March-April 1982.

Official visits to USA, UK, France, Denmark and Sweden, November-December 1983; China and Japan, October 1984; Europe and USA, September 1988; USA, January 1990.

Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to Canada and USA, May-June 1992.


Parliamentary Party Positions

Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 29.12.77 to 11.3.83. Spokesman on Administrative Services from 29.12.77 to 5.2.78; on Primary Industry from 29.12.77 to 23.11.80; on Finance, Trade and National Development (less Decentralisation, and Urban Development and Local Government) from 23.11.80 to 14.1.83 and on Resources and Energy from 14.1.83 to 11.3.83.


Party Positions

Secretary, Kellerberrin Branch ALP 1966-74.

Delegate, ALP State and Federal Conferences.


Personal

Born 11.3.35 at Kellerberrin, WA.

Married.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

Farmer.


Publications

Confessions of a failed finance minister, Milsons Point, NSW: Random House, 1995.


Honours

Appointed Officer of the Order of Australia, June 1996.