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BISHOP, the Hon. Bronwyn KathleenBiography for BISHOP, the Hon. Bronwyn Kathleen

Member for Mackellar (NSW) 1994-2016

Liberal Party of Australia

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the Senate for New South Wales 1987 (term deemed to have begun 1.7.1987) and 1990. Resigned 24.2.1994.

Elected to the House of Representatives for Mackellar, New South Wales, at by-election 26.3.94 vice the Hon. JJ Carlton (resigned). Re-elected 1996, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2010 and 2013. Resigned prior to general elections, 2016.

Parliamentary Positions

Member, Speaker's Panel from 16.11.04 to 17.10.07.

Speaker of the House of Representatives from 12.11.13 to 2.8.2015.

Ministerial Appointments

Minister for Defence Industry, Science and Personnel from 11.3.96 to 21.10.98.

Minister for Aged Care from 21.10.98 to 26.11.01.

Committee Service

Senate Standing: Regulations and Ordinances from 24.9.87 to 18.8.93. Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 11.5.90 to 18.8.93.

Senate Select: Functions, Powers and Operation of the Australian Loan Council from 5.11.92 to 24.2.94.

Senate Estimates: A from 24.9.87 to 6.5.93; F on 10.9.91; D from 6.5.93 to 24.2.94.

House of Representatives Standing: Legal and Constitutional Affairs (Chair) from 20.3.02 to 31.8.04; Privileges from 20.3.02 to 31.8.04; Procedure from 20.3.02 to 17.10.07; Communications, Information Technology and the Arts from 1.12.04 to 17.10.07; Family and Human Services (Chair) from 1.12.04 to 17.10.07; Industry and Resources from 1.12.04 to 17.10.07; Health and Ageing from 3.2.10 to 19.7.10; Appropriations and Administration from 4.12.13 to 10.8.15; House (Chair) from 4.12.13 to 10.8.15; Selection (Chair) from 4.12.13 to 10.8.15; Communications and the Arts from 13.10.15 to 9.5.16 (Chair from 13.10.15 to 9.5.16); Tax and Revenue from 9.11.15 to 9.5.16.

Joint Statutory: Public Accounts from 7.10.87 to 24.2.94; Public Accounts and Audit from 16.8.05 to 17.10.07 and from 25.9.08 to 19.7.10; Corporations and Securities from 27.2.95 to 29.1.96; Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings (Chair) from 4.12.13 to 10.8.15.

Joint Standing: Electoral Matters from 25.10.10 to 5.8.13; National Capital and External Territories from 20.8.15 to 9.5.16.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 12.5.89 to 11.4.90, from 17.1.94 to 11.3.96, from 6.12.07 to 22.9.08 and from 8.12.09 to 18.9.13. Shadow Minister for Public Administration, Federal Affairs and Local Government from 12.5.89 to 11.4.90; Shadow Minister for Urban and Regional Strategy from 17.1.94 to 26.5.94; Shadow Minister for Health from 26.5.94 to 31.1.95; Shadow Minister for Privatisation and Commonwealth/State Relations from 31.1.95 to 11.3.96; Shadow Minister for Veterans' Affairs from 6.12.07 to 22.9.08; Shadow Minister for Seniors from 8.12.09 to 18.9.13; Shadow Special Minister of State from 14.9.10 to 18.9.13.

Party Positions

President, Liberal Party Balmoral Branch 1973-79.

Vice-President, Warringah Federal Electorate Conference 1978-80.

President, Mosman State Electorate Conference 1978-81.

Vice-President, Liberal Party Women's Group (NSW) 1978-81.

Member, Liberal Party State Executive (NSW) from 1980.

Delegate to Liberal Party Federal Council 1982, 1984 and 1985.

Chair, Liberal Party Annual State Convention (NSW) 1981-85.

Metropolitan Vice-President, Liberal Party (NSW) 1982-85.

President, Liberal Party (NSW) 1985-87.


Born 19.10.1942, Sydney, NSW.

Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament


Company director.


Description: outer metropolitan.

Location: northern Sydney; it includes the suburbs of Avalon, Bayview, Belrose, Bilgola, Church Point, Collaroy, Cromer, Davidson, Elanora, Mona Vale, Narrabeen, Newport, Palm Beach, Scotland Island, Terrey Hills, Warriewood and parts of Beacon Hill, Dee Why, Narraweena and Frenchs Forest and Forestville.

Area: 233 sq km (approx.).

Electors enrolled: 102 861 (at 7.9.13).

Industries: light manufacturing, service industries, commercial wholesale and retail trades and tourism.

State electorates: Mackellar includes the New South Wales Legislative Assembly electorate of Pittwater, and parts of Davidson and Wakehurst.