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SIEWERT, Rachel MaryBiography for SIEWERT, Rachel Mary

Senator for (WA)

The Greens (WA) Inc



Parliamentary Service

Elected to the Senate for Western Australia 2004. (term ended 30.06.2011). Re-elected 2010 (term began 01.07.2011). 2016.


Committee Service

Senate Standing: Selection of Bills from 09.08.2005 to 09.05.2016; Procedure from 01.07.2008 to 03.02.2009; Scrutiny of Bills from 22.09.2008 to 09.05.2016; Procedure from 15.06.2010 to 19.06.2012; Senators' Interests from 25.10.2010 to 05.07.2011; Procedure from 14.08.2012 to 09.05.2016; Procedure from 01.09.2016.

Senate Select: Regional and Remote Indigenous Communities from 20.03.2008 to 24.09.2010; Charity Fundraising in the 21st Century from 20.06.2018.

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts: Legislation from 05.10.2005 to 11.09.2006; Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: References from 07.11.2005 to 11.09.2006; Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport from 11.09.2006 to 23.08.2008; Community Affairs from 01.07.2008 to 14.05.2009; Community Affairs: Legislation from 14.05.2009 to 09.05.2016; Finance and Public Administration: Legislation from 14.05.2009 to 05.07.2011; Community Affairs: References from 14.05.2009 to 09.05.2016 (Chair from 14.05.2009 to 09.05.2016); Finance and Public Administration: References from 14.05.2009 to 05.07.2011; Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: Legislation from 14.05.2009 to 09.05.2016; Education and Employment: Legislation from 12.10.2015 to 24.11.2015 (Substitute member from 12.10.2015 to 24.11.2015); Education and Employment: References from 12.10.2015 to 15.01.2016 (Substitute member from 12.10.2015 to 15.01.2016); Finance and Public Administration: Legislation from 03.12.2015 to 02.03.2016 (Substitute member from 03.12.2015 to 02.03.2016); Community Affairs: Legislation from 01.09.2016 (Deputy Chair from 01.09.2016); Community Affairs: References from 01.09.2016 (Chair from 01.09.2016); Finance and Public Administration: References from 13.10.2016 to 28.11.2016 (Substitute member from 13.10.2016 to 28.11.2016); Education and Employment: Legislation from 10.11.2016 to 28.11.2016 (Substitute member from 10.11.2016 to 28.11.2016); Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: References from 10.11.2016 to 15.08.2017 (Substitute member from 10.11.2016 to 15.08.2017); Finance and Public Administration: References from 23.03.2017 to 14.12.2017 (Substitute member from 23.03.2017 to 14.12.2017); Economics: References from 20.06.2018 (Substitute member from 20.06.2018); Finance and Public Administration: Legislation from 16.08.2018; Finance and Public Administration: References from 16.08.2018; Education and Employment: References from 21.08.2018 (Substitute member from 21.08.2018); Education and Employment: References from 12.09.2018 (Substitute member from 12.09.2018).

Joint Statutory: Native Title and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Account from 01.07.2005 to 23.03.2006; Corporations and Financial Services from 23.08.2012 to 28.02.2013.

Joint Standing: National Disability Insurance Scheme from 03.12.2013 to 09.05.2016; National Disability Insurance Scheme from 12.09.2016 to 15.02.2018; National Disability Insurance Scheme from 07.03.2018 to 08.03.2018; National Disability Insurance Scheme from 26.03.2018 to 27.03.2018.

Joint Select: Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples from 29.11.2012 to 25.06.2015; DisabilityCare Australia from 18.06.2013 to 05.08.2013; Northern Australia from 10.12.2013 to 09.05.2016; Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse from 22.06.2017; Constitutional Recognition relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples from 20.03.2018.


Parliamentary Party Positions

Australian Greens Whip from 9.8.05

Australian Greens Portfolios: Family; Community and Disability Services; Fisheries and Marine; Ageing; Indigenous Affairs and Indigenous Health; Agriculture; the Kimberley and Northern Australia; Natural Resource Management from 1.7.11 to 1.7.12

Australian Greens Portfolios: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Issues; Ageing; Agriculture; Family; Community and Disability Services; Fisheries and Marine; Native Title; Natural Resource Management; the Kimberley and Northern Australia from 1.7.12 to 11.11.13

Australian Greens Portfolios: Family, Community and Disability Services; Marine, Fisheries and Whaling; Ageing; Indigenous Affairs; Indigenous Health and Native Title; Agriculture; the Kimberley and Northern Australia; Natural Resource Management from 11.11.13 to 1.7.14

Australian Greens Portfolios: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Issues; Agriculture and Rural Affairs; Family; Ageing; Community and Disability Services; Marine from 1.7.14 to 25.5.15

Australian Greens Portfolios: Family, Ageing, Community and Disability Services; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs; Agriculture and Rural Affairs; Marine from 25.5.15 to 25.8.16

Australian Greens Portfolios: Family and Community Services; Ageing; Disability Services; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Issues; and Mental Health from 25.8.16


Party Positions

State Delegate (WA), National Greens Conference 2001-04

Co-convener, The Greens (WA) 2002-04


Other Positions

Ambassador, Deafness Forum


Personal

Born 04.11.1961, Sydney, Australia.

Single


Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

B.Sc(Agric)(UWA)

Research officer, Department of Agriculture (WA) 1984-87

Coordinator, Conservation Council of WA 1987-2004


Honours

Bessie Rischbieth Conservation Award 2003

Leadership Award, Suicide Prevention Australia 2014


Publications

Towards sustainability, Conservation Council of WA, WA: 1990

Management Ramsar wetlands, Conservation Council of WA, WA: 1996

To drain or not to drain, Dee Margetts, MLC, WA: 2005