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Biography for WOODS, the Hon. Robert (Bob) Leslie

Member for Lowe (NSW) 1987-93; Senator for New South Wales 1994-97

Liberal Party of Australia

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Lowe, New South Wales 1987 and 1990. Defeated 1993.

Chosen by the Parliament of New South Wales on 8.3.94 under section 15 of the Constitution to represent that State in the Senate, vice B.K. Bishop (resigned) (term expired 30.6.96). Elected 1996 (term began 1.7.96). Resigned 7.3.97.

Ministerial Appointments

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health and Family Services from 11.3.96 to 3.2.97.

Committee Service

Senate Standing: Publications from 15.3.94 to 29.4.96.

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Community Affairs from 4.5.94 to 6.5.94; Participating member, Community Affairs: Legislation Committee from 11.10.94 to 1.7.96 and References Committee from 2.5.96 to 1.7.96; Full member, Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: References Committee from 10.10.94 (Chair from 13.10.94) to 29.4.96; Participating member, Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: Legislation Committee from 11.10.94 to 29.4.96; Participating member, Community Affairs: References Committee from 9.2.95 to 29.4.96; Participating member, Economics: References Committee from 19.6.96 to 7.2.97.

Senate Select: Aircraft Noise in Sydney from 23.3.95 to 30.11.95.

House of Representatives Standing: Publications from 8.10.87 to 19.5.88; Employment, Education and Training from 8.10.87 to 19.2.90.

Joint Statutory: Public Accounts from 1.6.89 to 19.2.90 and from 9.6.94 to 4.11.96.

Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the Middle East, June 1988.

Member, Official Delegation to 94th IPU Conference, Bucharest, and bilateral visit to Slovenia, October 1995.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 11.4.90 to 7.4.93. Spokesman on Health from 11.4.90 to 7.4.93.

Chair, Family, Social and Health Policy Group from 7.8.92 to 7.4.93.

Party Positions

Liberal Party Special Branch President 1985-87.


Born 13.4.47 at London, UK.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament


Medical practitioner (cancer specialist).