MOLAN, Andrew James (Jim)Biography for MOLAN, Jim

Senator for New South Wales

Liberal Party of Australia

Parliamentary Service

Declared elected 22.12.2017 as a Senator for New South Wales by the High Court of Australia (vice F NASH, disqualified under section 44 of the Constitution, 27.10.2017) (term begun 22.12.2017).

Committee Service

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Community Affairs: Legislation and Refererences Committees from 5.2.18; Economics: Legislation and References Committees from 5.2.18; Education and Employment: Legislation Committee from 5.2.18; Legal and Constitutional Affairs: Legislation and References Committees from 5.2.18.

Joint Standing: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 5.2.18; Migration from 5.2.18.

Senate Select: Political Influence of Donations from 5.2.18.

Senate Standing: Senators' Interests from 5.2.18.

Senate Select: Stillbirth Research and Education from 28.3.18 (Deputy Chair from 6.4.18).


Born 11.4.1950, East Melbourne, Victoria.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

Bachelor of Arts (University of New South Wales).

Bachelor of Economics (University of Queensland).

Graduate, Royal Military College Duntroon.

Defence and Security Commentator.

Consultant on Defence issues.

Director, National Aerial Firefighting Centre.

Co-author, Operation Sovereign Borders, 2013.

Prime Minister's Special Envoy, Operation Sovereign Borders, from 2013 to 2014.

Special Adviser to the Defence Minister, 2014.


Officer of the Order of Australia, 2000.

Member of the Order of Australia, 1992.

Distinguished Service Cross, 2006.

Australian Active Service Medal (East Timor and Iraq).

Defence Force Service Medal (Federation Star).

Australian Defence Medal.

Papua New Guinea Independence Medal (PNG).

Order of the Star of Yudha Dharma 3rd Class (Indonesia), 1995.

Legion of Merit (United States; Officer), 2004.


Running the War in Iraq, HarperCollins, Sydney, 2008.

Military Service

Officer, Australian Army from 1968 to 2008.


Chief of Operations, Coalition Forces, Iraq, from 2004 to 2005.

Defence Materiel Advocate.

Adviser, Vice Chief of the Defence Force on Joint Warfighting.

Commander, Australian Defence Colleges.

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