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HERRON, the Hon. John JosephBiography for HERRON, the Hon. John Joseph

Senator for Queensland 1990-2002

Liberal Party of Australia

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the Senate for Queensland 1990 (term began 1.7.1990), 1996 and 2001. Resigned 5.9.02.

Parliamentary Positions

Temporary Chair of Committees from 18.8.93 to 1.5.96.

Ministerial Appointments

Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs from 11.3.96 to 30.1.01.

Committee Service

Senate Standing: Library from 11.9.90 to 29.4.96 and from 1.7.02 to 5.9.02; Selection of Bills from 2.4.92 to 5.9.02; Privileges from 19.8.92 to 18.8.93; Senators' Interests from 8.2.01 to 1.7.02; Appropriations and Staffing from 1.7.02 to 5.9.02.

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Community Affairs from 24.8.90 to 4.5.94 and from 6.5.94 to 25.8.94; Community Affairs: References Committee from 10.10.94 (Chair from 10.10.94) to 29.4.96 and Legislation Committee from 10.10.94 to 29.4.96, from 13.2.02 to 1.7.02 and from 21.8.02 to 28.8.02.

Senate Select: Health Legislation and Health Insurance from 24.8.90 to 20.12.90; Community Standards Relevant to the Supply of Services Utilising Electronic Technologies from 1.7.93 to 29.4.96; Unresolved Whistleblower Cases from 1.12.94 to 26.10.95.

Senate Estimates: E from 5.3.92 to 20.8.92; C from 9.6.94 to 10.10.94.

Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the European Parliamentary Institutions, Strasbourg, Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands, September-October 1992.

Official visits to Switzerland, UK and Canada, July-August 1997; Canada, USA, Switzerland and UK, July-August 1999; New Zealand, July-August 2000.

Study tour, UK, Ireland, Denmark, Sweden and the Netherlands, March-April 2002.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 7.4.93 to 11.3.96. Parliamentary Secretary to the Chairperson of the Health, Welfare and Veterans' Management Group from 7.4.93 to 26.5.94; Parliamentary Secretary to the Shadow Minister for Health from 26.5.94 to 14.2.95; Parliamentary Secretary to the Shadow Minister for Health and Human Services from 14.2.95 to 11.3.96.

Party Positions

President, Liberal Party (Qld) 1980-84 and 2001-02.


Born 4.9.1932, Home Hill, Qld.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament


General surgeon.

Research Fellow, Queensland Cancer Fund 1963-68.

Visiting Surgeon, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane 1968-74.

Senior Surgeon, Mater Public Hospital, Brisbane 1974-90.

President, Australian Medical Association (Qld) 1988-89.

Military Service

11th Field Ambulance 1957.

Royal Australian Army Medical Corps Reserve 1958-82.

RAAF Reserve 1982-88.