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HUTCHINS, Stephen (Steve) PatrickBiography for HUTCHINS, Stephen (Steve) Patrick

Senator for New South Wales 1998-2011

Australian Labor Party

Parliamentary Service

Chosen by the Parliament of New South Wales on 14.10.1998 under section 15 of the Constitution to represent that State in the Senate, vice BJ Neal (resigned) (term ended 30.6.1999). Elected 1998 (term began 1.7.1999) and 2004. Defeated at general elections 2010 (term ended 30.6.2011).

Parliamentary Positions

Temporary Chair of Committees from 22.8.02 to 30.6.11.

Committee Service

Senate Standing: Regulations and Ordinances from 24.11.98 to 9.8.99; Senators' Interests from 24.11.98 to 9.8.99; Publications from 13.2.02 to 1.7.05; Privileges from 7.9.05 to 28.11.05; Library from 31.3.06 to 30.6.11.

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Legal and Constitutional: References Committee from 24.11.98 to 9.8.99; Finance and Public Administration: References Committee from 9.8.99 to 4.10.00; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: References Committee from 17.8.00 to 1.7.02 and from 24.3.04 to 11.9.06 and Legislation Committee from 25.3.04 to 11.9.06 and from 30.9.10 to 30.6.11; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 11.9.06 to 11.2.08; Community Affairs: Legislation Committee from 1.7.02 to 25.3.04 and References Committee from 1.7.02 to 1.7.05; Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport from 12.2.08 to 14.5.09; Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: Legislation Committee from 14.5.09 to 30.6.11 and References Committee from 30.9.10 to 9.2.11.

Senate Select: Fuel and Energy from 1.7.08 to 30.8.10; Scrutiny of New Taxes from 30.9.10 to 30.6.11.

Joint Statutory: National Crime Authority from 21.3.02 to 1.1.03; Australian Crime Commission from 1.1.03 to 1.7.05 and from 14.2.08 to 25.11.10; Law Enforcement from 25.11.10 to 30.6.11.

Joint Standing: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 17.8.00 to 1.7.02 and from 19.8.02 to 17.10.07; Parliamentary Library from 31.3.06; Electoral Matters from 14.2.08 to 15.9.09.

Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to UK and the Netherlands, November-December 2002.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to USA, June-July 2005.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Republic of Korea and USA, September 2006.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Chile, Colombia and Argentina, August 2008.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Canada, USA, Italy, Austria, UK and the Netherlands, April-May 2009.

Party Positions

Senior Vice-President, ALP (NSW) 1994-98; President, ALP (NSW) 1998-2002.

Member, ALP National Executive 1997-2002.

National Vice-President, ALP 2000-02.


Born 22.4.1956, Sydney, NSW.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

BA (Syd).

Trade Union Program (Harvard).

Forklift driver, loader 1978-79.

Garbage collector 1979-80.

Union official, Transport Workers' Union 1980-98.

Assistant Secretary, Transport Workers' Union (NSW) 1989-93; Secretary-Treasurer 1993-98.

Federal President, Transport Workers' Union of Australia 1993-98.

Member, ACTU Executive 1996-98.