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COONAN, the Hon. Helen LloydBiography for COONAN, the Hon. Helen Lloyd

Senator for New South Wales

Liberal Party of Australia

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the Senate for New South Wales 1996. Re-elected 2001 and 2007. Resigned 22.8.2011.

Parliamentary Positions

Temporary Chair of Committees from 16.8.2011 to 22.8.2011.

Ministerial Appointments

Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer from 26.11.2001 to 18.7.2004.

Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts from 18.7.2004 to 3.12.2007.

Cabinet Minister from 18.7.2004 to 3.12.2007.

Committee Service

Senate Standing: Privileges from 1.7.1996 to 31.8.1999; Regulations and Ordinances from 22.9.1997 to 27.1.1998; Scrutiny of Bills from 24.11.1998 to 31.8.1999; Selection of Bills from 24.11.1998 to 11.2.2002; Regulations and Ordinances from 31.3.1999 to 11.2.2002 (Chair from 12.8.1999 to 26.11.2001); Procedure from 22.6.2006 to 11.8.2006; Selection of Bills from 23.9.2008 to 13.5.2009; Scrutiny of Bills from 13.10.2008 to 1.7.2011 (Chair from 15.10.2008 to 1.7.2011).

Senate Select: Socio-Economic Consequences of the National Competition Policy from 10.3.1999 to 17.2.2000.

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Community Affairs: Legislation from 1.7.1996 to 15.5.1997; Community Affairs: References from 22.8.1996 to 15.5.1997; Environment, Recreation, Communications and the Arts: References from 13.2.1997 to 1.9.1997; Legal and Constitutional Affairs: Legislation from 26.2.1997 to 11.2.2002; Legal and Constitutional Affairs: References from 26.2.1997 to 11.2.2002; Community Affairs: References from 2.2.2010 to 1.7.2011.

Joint Statutory: Public Accounts from 7.5.1997 to 1.1.1998; Public Accounts and Audit from 1.1.1998 to 11.2.2002; Intelligence and Security from 28.6.2001 to 27.8.2001; Corporations and Financial Services from 1.7.2008 to 13.10.2008; Intelligence and Security from 5.12.2008 to 25.6.2009.

Joint Standing: Treaties from 26.2.1997 to 11.2.2002; Treaties from 1.7.2011 to 22.8.2011.

Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Taiwan, 2000.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to New Zealand, March 2000.

Official visits to Fiji, July 2003.

Official visits to USA, January 2005.

Official visits to UK and Italy, April-May 2005.

Official visits to Peru, Chile, Brazil and Republic of Korea, May-June 2005.

Official visits to India, October 2005.

Official visits to USA, April-May 2006.

Official visits to Israel and UK, November 2006.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Government Deputy Whip in the Senate from 10.11.1998 to 23.11.2001.

Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate from 27.1.2006 to 3.12.2007.

Shadow Minister for Human Services from 6.12.2007 to 22.9.2008.

Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs from 22.9.2008 to 20.2.2009.

Manager of Opposition Business in the Senate from 22.9.2008 to 20.2.2009.

Shadow Minister for Finance, Competition Policy and Deregulation from 20.2.2009 to 8.12.2009.

Party Positions

Member of the Liberal Party from 1990.

Member of the Liberal Party Sydney City Branch Executive Committee from 1991 to 1992.

President of the Liberal Party Watson's Bay Branch from 1994 to 1995.

Delegate to the Liberal Party Women's Council from 1994 to 1996.

Member of the Liberal Party Women's Forum from 1994 to 1996.

Vice-President of the Liberal Party Watson's Bay Branch from 1995 to 1996.

Other Positions

Member of the Convocation of the Senate (University of Sydney) from 1983 to 1984.

Member (Part-time) of the Social Security Appeals Tribunal, 1987.

Trustee of the Historic Houses Trust of NSW from 1988 to 1992.

Chair of the Law Foundation of NSW Board of Governors from 1991 to 1992.

Chair of the Historic Houses Trust of NSW Board from 1992 to 1995.

Director and Fellow of the Royal Hospital for Women Foundation from 1995 to 1996.


Born 29.10.1947, Wagga Wagga, Australia


Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

BA (University of Sydney).

LLB (University of Sydney).

Barrister and solicitor.

Attorney, New York (USA).



'Law of contract' in An annual survey of Australian law (with K Lindgren), Law Book Company, Sydney: 1987.

'Law of contract' in An annual survey of Australian law (with K Lindgren), Law Book Company, Sydney: 1988.