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Biography for QUIRKE , John Andrew
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Senator for South Australia 1997-2000

Australian Labor Party

Parliamentary Service

State: Elected to South Australian House of Assembly for Playford from 25.11.89. Resigned September 1997.

Federal: Appointed by the Governor of South Australia on 18.9.97 under section 15 of the Constitution to represent that State in the Senate, vice D.J. Foreman (resigned) (term expired 30.6.99) Elected 1998 (term began 1.7.99). Resigned 15.8.00.

Committee Service

State: Member, Economic and Finance Committee 1992-94 (Presiding Member 1992-93); Public Works Committee; Committee for the Review of Gun Laws; Industries Development Committee.

Select: Chair, St Vincent Gulf Fisheries Committee; Member, Education Committee; Bushfires Committee; Yumbarra Conservation Park Re-Proclamation Committee; Multisite Franchising Petrol Committee

Federal: Senate Standing: Regulations and Ordinances from 23.9.97 to 3.3.98; Scrutiny of Bills from 23.9.97 to 9.11.98; Selection of Bills from 24.11.98 to 15.8.00.

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: Legislation Committee from 1.12.97 to 9.11.98.

Participating member, Economics: Legislation and References Committees from 24.11.98 to 15.8.00; Participating member, Community Affairs: References Committee from 8.12.98 to 15.8.00; Participating member, Legal and Constitutional: References Committee from 30.6.99 to 15.8.00.

Senate Select: Information Technologies from 23.9.97 to 9.11.98; Socio-Economic Consequences of the National Competition Policy from 8.7.98 to 17.2.00.

Joint Standing: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 8.12.98 to 15.8.00.

Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the 6th Annual Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum, Seoul, January 1998.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to AIPO General Assembly, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, August 1998.

Member, Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade visit to Papua New Guinea, March 1999.

Parliamentary Party Positions

State: Shadow Minister for Family and Community Services, Correctional Services, Infrastructure, Assisting Treasury Matters 1994; Shadow Treasurer, Shadow Minister for Mines and Energy; Emergency Services 1994-97; State Services 1994-95; Correctional Services 1995-97.

Federal: Deputy Opposition Whip in the Senate from 20.10.98 to 15.8.00.

Party Positions

Member, ALP from 1979.

Member, ALP Foreign Affairs and Defence National Consultative Committee 1984-86.

Proxy Delegate, ALP National Conference 1986, 1988, 1991 and 1994.

Member, State Executive, ALP (SA) 1986-91.


Born 9.9.50, Birkenhead, UK.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

BA, DipEd (Adel).

Truck driver, builders labourer, night telephone operator, radio and television valve salesman.

Teacher 1973-85.

Private Secretary to Senator D.J. Foreman 1985-89.

Member, House of Assembly (SA) (see Parliamentary Service above) 1989-97.