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O'BRIEN, Kerry Williams KelsoBiography for O'BRIEN, Kerry Williams Kelso

Senator for Tasmania 1996-2011

Australian Labor Party



Parliamentary Service

Chosen by the Parliament of Tasmania on 5.9.1996 under section 15 of the Constitution to represent that State in the Senate, vice J Coates (resigned) (term ended 30.6.1999). Elected 1998 (term began 1.7.1999) and 2004. Retired at general elections 2010 (term ended 30.6.2011).


Parliamentary Appointments

Member, Parliamentary Retiring Allowances Trust from 12.3.08 to 30.6.11.


Committee Service

Senate Standing: Selection of Bills from 24.11.98 to 11.2.02 and from 12.2.08 to 27.9.10; Privileges from 14.2.08 to 15.9.08 and from 12.2.08 to 27.9.10.

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Community Affairs: References Committee from 10.9.96 to 9.11.98; Employment, Education and Training: References Committee from 17.10.96 to 23.9.97; Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: Legislation Committee from 27.5.97 to 9.11.98, from 13.2.02 to 15.11.04, from 14.5.09 to 27.9.10 and from 9.2.11 to 30.6.11 and References Committee from 29.5.97 to 11.9.06, from 14.5.09 to 27.9.10 and from 9.2.11 to 30.6.11; Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport from 11.9.06 to 14.5.09; Legal and Constitutional: References Committee from 18.3.97 to 23.9.97.

Senate Select: Free Trade Agreement - Australia and the United States of America from 12.2.04 to 5.8.04; Administration of Indigenous Affairs from 23.6.04 to 15.11.04; Agricultural and Related Industries from 14.2.08 to 15.9.08 and from 12.12.08 to 23.9.10.

Joint Statutory: Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings from 14.2.08 to 19.7.10.

Joint Standing: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 4.9.97 to 11.2.02, from 1.7.02 to 1.3.04, from 1.7.08 to 19.7.10 and from 10.2.11 to 30.6.11; National Capital and External Territories from 2.12.04 to 10.8.05; Treaties from 26.10.10 to 30.6.11.


Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Study tour, Ireland, April 2001.

Member, Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs Legislation visit to New Zealand, May 2001.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to USA, Belgium and UK, September 2002.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to USA, September-December 2008.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Timor-Leste, August 2009.

Parliamentary Adviser to the United Nations General Assembly, September-December 2010.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to New Zealand, June 2011.


Parliamentary Party Positions

Opposition Whip in the Senate from 19.10.98 to 22.11.01.

Government Whip in the Senate from 3.12.07 to 27.9.10.

Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 22.11.01 to 3.12.07. Shadow Minister for Primary Industries from 25.11.01 to 8.12.03; Resources from 25.11.01 to 2.7.03; Shadow Minister for Reconciliation and Indigenous Affairs and Shadow Minister for Tourism, Regional Services and Territories from 8.12.03 to 26.10.04; Shadow Minister for Regional Services, Local Government and Territories from 26.10.04 to 24.6.05; Shadow Minister for Transport from 24.6.05 to 10.12.06; Shadow Minister for Primary Industries, Fisheries and Forestry from 10.12.06 to 3.12.07.


Party Positions

Member, ALP from 1966.

Delegate, Young Labor (NSW) 1966-76.

Vice-President, Young Labor (NSW) and Delegate, National Young Labor 1975.

Delegate, Bass Hill State Electoral Council 1974-83.

Delegate, Blaxland/Reid Federal Electoral Council 1974-83.

Delegate, ALP State Conference and State Council (NSW) 1974-83.

Delegate, ALP State Conference (Tas) 1983-96.

Delegate, Tasmanian ALP National Conference 1988-91.

Delegate, Tasmanian ALP National Executive 1989-91.

Member, Tasmanian ALP Administrative Committee 1993-96.


Personal

Born 19.7.1951, Sydney, NSW.

Married.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

Research Officer, Federated Miscellaneous Workers' Union Federal Council 1974-82.

Tasmanian Branch Secretary, Federated Miscellaneous Workers' Union 1983-92.

Joint Tasmanian Branch Secretary, Australian Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Workers' Union 1992-96.

Federal Executive Member, Federal Councillor, Federated Miscellaneous Workers' Union/Australian Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Workers' Union 1983-96.

Vice-President, Miscellaneous Workers' Division, Australian Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Workers' Union 1991-96.