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SHERRY, the Hon. Nicholas (Nick) JohnBiography for SHERRY, the Hon. Nicholas (Nick) John

Senator for Tasmania 1990-2012

Australian Labor Party

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the Senate for Tasmania 1990 (term began 1.7.1990), 1996, 2001 and 2007. Resigned 1.6.2012.

Parliamentary Positions

Temporary Chair of Committees from 12.11.98 to 12.2.02.

Ministerial Appointments

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Primary Industries and Energy from 24.3.93 to 11.3.96.

Minister for Superannuation and Corporate Law from 3.12.07 to 9.6.09.

Assistant Treasurer from 9.6.09 to 14.9.10.

Minister for Small Business from 14.9.10 to 14.12.11.

Minister Assisting the Minister for Tourism from 14.9.10 to 14.12.11.

Minister Assisting on Deregulation from 14.9.10 to 26.1.11.

Minister Assisting on Deregulation and Public Sector Superannuation from 26.1.11 to 14.12.11.

Committee Service

Senate Standing: Scrutiny of Bills from 24.8.90 to 18.5.93; Appropriations and Staffing from 2.5.96 to 9.11.98 and from 14.5.08 to 1.6.12; Senators' Interests from 2.5.96 to 9.11.98; Privileges from 3.3.98 to 11.2.08 and from 7.2.12 to 1.6.12; Regulations and Ordinances from 3.3.98 to 9.11.98; Library from 24.11.98 to 1.7.02; Publications from 24.11.98 to 9.8.99.

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Employment, Education and Training from 24.8.90 to 18.5.93; Rural and Regional Affairs from 10.9.91 to 18.5.93; Economics: Legislation Committee from 2.5.96 to 1.6.97; Finance and Public Administration: References Committee from 2.5.96 to 31.10.96 and Legislation Committee from 3.3.98 to 9.11.98.

Senate Select: Animal Welfare from 24.8.90 to 3.9.91; Superannuation from 14.8.91 to 1.9.93 (Chair from 21.8.91 to 30.6.93), from 29.5.96 to 27.10.97, from 1.3.98 to 9.11.98 and from 19.3.02 to 10.9.03; Superannuation and Financial Services from 30.9.99 to 11.2.02; Sales Tax Legislation from 25.6.92 to 19.8.92; Functions, Powers and Operation of the Australian Loan Council from 10.10.92 to 14.12.93; Certain Aspects of Foreign Ownership Decisions in relation to the Print Media from 14.12.93 to 30.3.95; Socio-Economic Consequences of the National Competition Policy from 8.7.98 to 9.11.98; New Tax System from 26.11.98 to 30.4.99; Ministerial Discretion in Migration Matters from 23.6.03 to 31.3.04.

Senate Estimates: F from 24.8.90 to 6.5.93; D on 2.9.93.

Joint Statutory: Public Accounts and Audit from 28.6.01 to 11.2.02 and from 7.2.12 to 1.6.12; Corporations and Financial Services from 1.7.05 to 17.10.07 and from 7.2.12 to 1.6.12.

Joint Select: Gambling Reform from 27.2.12 to 1.6.12.

Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Hong Kong, Singapore and Indonesia, January-February 1991.

Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to Canada, October 1992.

Leader, Official Delegation to Taiwan 1993.

Leader, Official Delegation to Hong Kong and China, July 1994.

Official visit to Papua New Guinea, February 1995.

Attended funeral of the former Greek President, His Excellency Mr Andreas Papandreou, Greece, July 1996.

Bilateral visits to Sweden and Estonia, October 1999.

Delegate, Global Horizons Pension and Lifetime Savings Conference, Washington DC, May 2002.

Official visits to UK and Ireland, January 2008; Spain and UK, May 2008; New Zealand, June 2008 and July 2008; USA, August 2008; Vanuatu, October 2008; New Zealand, November 2008; Singapore and Indonesia, April-May 2009; USA, July 2009; New Zealand, August 2009; Turkey, October 2009; Cook Islands, October 2009; Uzbekistan, Qatar, Bahrain and United Arab Emirates, April-May 2010; Papua New Guinea, July 2010; China, April 2011.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate from 19.3.96 to 7.10.97.

Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 19.3.96 to 7.10.97 and from 22.11.01 to 3.12.07. Shadow Minister for Finance and Superannuation from 20.3.96 to 27.3.97; Assistant Shadow Treasurer and Shadow Minister for Superannuation and Business Regulation from 27.3.97 to 26.8.97; Shadow Minister for Finance, Superannuation and Business Regulation from 26.8.97 to 7.10.97; Shadow Minister for Retirement Incomes and Savings from 25.11.01 to 26.10.04; and Shadow Minister for Consumer Affairs from 25.11.01 to 18.2.03; Shadow Minister for Finance and Superannuation from 26.10.04 to 24.6.05; Shadow Minister for Superannuation and Intergenerational Finance from 24.6.05 to 3.12.07; Shadow Minister for Banking and Financial Services from 24.6.05 to 3.12.07.

Party Positions

Member, ALP Administrative Committee (Tas) 1979-83, 1989-90, 1991-93 and 1996-2002.

Secretary, ALP Lindisfarne Branch 1983-86; President 1987-90.

Senior Vice-President, ALP (Tas) 1984-85 and 1993.

Secretary, ALP Rules Committee (Tas) 1989-90.

Member, ALP National Executive 1995-97.

Secretary, ALP Caucus Committee on Living Standards and Economic Development from 1998.


Born 19.11.1955, Kingston-on-Thames, London, UK.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

BA (Tas).

Secretary, Tasmanian University Union and various business committees 1976-79.

Cashier and night auditor, Wrest Point Hotel Casino 1976-79.

State Secretary, Federated Liquor and Allied Industries Union (Tas) 1979-90; National Councillor and Trustee 1981-90; Negotiator, superannuation, education, training and career path design, Federated Liquor and Allied Industries Union (Tas) 1979-90.

Board Member, College of Hospitality 1980-90.

State Executive, Tasmanian Trades and Labour Council 1985-90, President 1988-90.

Trustee, Host-Plus Superannuation Fund 1986-90.

Manager, Trustee, Company Secretary, Club-Plus (Tas) Superannuation Fund 1987-92.

Board Member, Hospitality Group Training 1985-90.

Board Member, Employment and Skills Formation Council 1988-90.