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SIEWERT, Rachel MaryBiography for SIEWERT, Rachel Mary

Senator for Western Australia

Australian Greens



Parliamentary Service

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


Committee Service

Senate Standing: Selection of Bills from 9.8.05 to 9.5.16; Procedure from 1.7.08 to 3.2.09, from 15.6.10 to 19.6.12 and from 14.8.12 to 9.5.16; Scrutiny of Bills from 22.9.08 to 9.5.16; Senators' Interests from 25.10.10 to 5.7.11.

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts: Legislation Committee from 5.10.05 to 11.9.06; Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: References Committee from 7.11.05 to 11.9.06 and Legislation Committee from 14.5.09 to 9.5.16; Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport from 11.9.06 to 23.8.08; Community Affairs from 1.7.08 to 14.5.09; Community Affairs: Legislation and References Committees from 14.5.09 to 9.5.16 (Chair from 2.12.13 to 9.5.16); Finance and Public Administration: Legislation and References Committees from 14.5.09 to 5.7.11.

Senate Select: Regional and Remote Indigenous Communities from 20.3.08 to 24.9.10.

Joint Statutory: Native Title and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Account from 1.7.05 to 23.3.06; Corporations and Financial Services from 23.8.12 to 28.2.13.

Joint Standing: National Disability Insurance Scheme from 3.12.13 to 9.5.16.

Joint Select: Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples from 29.11.12 to 25.6.15; DisabilityCare Australia from 18.6.13 to 5.8.13; Northern Australia from 10.12.13 to 9.5.16.


Parliamentary Party Positions

Australian Greens Whip from 9.8.05.

Australian Greens Portfolios: Family; Community and Disability Services; Fisheries and Marine; Ageing; Indigenous Affairs and Indigenous Health; Agriculture; the Kimberley and Northern Australia; Natural Resource Management from 1.7.11 to 1.7.12.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Issues; Ageing; Agriculture; Family; Community and Disability Services; Fisheries and Marine; Native Title; Natural Resource Management; the Kimberley and Northern Australia from 1.7.12 to 11.11.13.

Family, Community and Disability Services; Marine, Fisheries and Whaling; Ageing; Indigenous Affairs; Indigenous Health and Native Title; Agriculture; the Kimberley and Northern Australia; Natural Resource Management from 11.11.13 to 1.7.14.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Issues; Agriculture and Rural Affairs; Family; Ageing; Community and Disability Services; Marine from 1.7.14 to 25.5.15.

Family, Ageing, Community and Disability Services; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs; Agriculture and Rural Affairs; Marine from 25.5.15.


Party Positions

State Delegate (WA), National Greens Conference 2001-04.

Coconvener, The Greens (WA) 2002-04.


Other Positions

Ambassador, Deafness Forum.


Personal

Born 4.11.1961, Sydney, NSW.

Single.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

BSc(Agric)(UWA).

Research officer, Department of Agriculture (WA) 1984-87.

Coordinator, Conservation Council of WA 1987-2004.


Honours

Bessie Rischbieth Conservation Award 2003.

Leadership Award, Suicide Prevention Australia 2014.


Publications

Towards sustainability, WA: Conservation Council of WA, 1990.

Management Ramsar wetlands, WA: Conservation Council of WA, 1996.

To drain or not to drain, WA: Dee Margetts, MLC, 2005.