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HEFFERNAN, the Hon. William (Bill) DanielBiography for HEFFERNAN, the Hon. William (Bill) Daniel

Senator for New South Wales 1996-2016

Liberal Party of Australia

Parliamentary Service

Chosen by the Parliament of New South Wales on 18.9.1996 under section 15 of the Constitution to represent that State in the Senate, vice ME Baume (resigned) (term ended 30.6.1999). Elected 1998 (term began 1.7.1999), 2004 and 2010. Retired prior to general elections 2016 (term ended 9.5.2016).

Ministerial Appointments

Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet) from 21.10.98 to 19.3.02.

Committee Service

Senate Standing: Procedure from 13.2.97 to 30.11.00; Selection of Bills from 13.2.97 to 9.11.98 and from 1.7.14 to 9.5.16; Appropriations and Staffing from 5.4.00 to 11.2.08; House from 12.5.08 to 11.11.13.

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Finance and Public Administration: Legislation Committee from 9.10.96 to 9.11.98 and from 1.7.02 to 1.7.05 and References Committee from 1.7.02 to 1.7.05; Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: References Committee from 14.10.96 to 9.11.98, from 1.7.02 to 11.9.06 and from 14.5.09 to 9.5.16 and Legislation Committee from 19.6.02 to 24.6.02, from 1.7.02 to 11.9.06 and from 14.5.09 to 9.5.16 (Chair from 2.12.13 to 9.5.16); Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport from 11.9.06 to 14.5.09; Economics: References Committee from 4.9.97 to 3.12.98; Community Affairs: Legislation Committee from 28.8.02 to 3.12.03; Community Affairs Legislation and References Committees from 4.2.16 to 15.3.16.

Senate Select: Socio-Economic Consequences of the National Competition Policy from 8.7.98 to 9.11.98; A Certain Maritime Incident from 11.3.02 to 20.3.02; Administration of Indigenous Affairs from 17.6.04 to 8.3.05; Agricultural and Related Industries from 14.2.08 to 23.9.10 (Chair from 14.2.08).

Joint Standing: Public Works from 1.7.14 to 4.3.15.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Deputy Government Whip in the Senate from 11.2.97 to 21.10.98.

Chair, Prime Minister's Taskforce on Northern Australia, January-November 2007.

Party Positions

President, Liberal Party (NSW) 1993-96 (formerly Vice-President).

Country Representative, Liberal Party.

Chair, Coalition Infrastructure, Rural and Regional Affairs Policy Committee from February 2008.


Born 3.3.1943, Junee, NSW.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

Wool classing; welding (Wagga Technical College).


Local Government Service

Councillor, Junee Shire Council 1981-96.

President, Junee Shire Council 1989-90 and 1991-93.