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STOTT DESPOJA, Natasha JessicaBiography for STOTT DESPOJA, Natasha Jessica

Senator for South Australia

Australian Democrats



Parliamentary Service

Chosen by the Parliament of South Australia on 29.11.1995 under section 15 of the Constitution to represent that State in the Senate, vice J Coulter (resigned). Elected to the Senate for South Australia 1996. Re-elected 2001. Retired with the expiration of term 2008.


Committee Service

Senate Select: Community Standards Relevant to the Supply of Services Utilising Electronic Technologies (previously Telecommunications Technologies) from 15.10.1996 to 26.6.1997; Information Technologies from 4.9.1997 to 9.11.1998; Information Technologies from 31.3.1999 to 7.12.2000; Lucas Heights Reactor from 28.8.2000 to 5.10.2000; Lucas Heights Reactor from 2.11.2000 to 24.5.2001.

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Employment, Education and Training: Legislation from 1.7.1996 to 9.11.1998; Employment, Education and Training: References from 1.7.1996 to 9.11.1998; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: References from 1.7.1996 to 15.10.1996; Legal and Constitutional Affairs: References from 2.3.1998 to 9.8.1999; Legal and Constitutional Affairs: Legislation from 2.3.1998 to 9.8.1999; Employment, Workplace Relations, Small Business and Education: Legislation from 24.11.1998 to 11.2.2002; Employment, Workplace Relations, Small Business and Education: References from 24.11.1998 to 11.2.2002; Education, Employment and Workplace Relations: Legislation from 13.2.2002 to 11.9.2006; Education, Employment and Workplace Relations: References from 13.2.2002 to 11.9.2006; Community Affairs: Legislation from 17.9.2002 to 18.11.2002; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: References from 23.6.2005 to 11.9.2006; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: Legislation from 7.9.2005 to 11.9.2006; Education, Employment and Workplace Relations from 11.9.2006 to 11.2.2008; Education, Employment and Workplace Relations from 13.2.2008 to 30.6.2008.

Joint Statutory: Law Enforcement (formerly National Crime Authority from 15.6.1984 to 1.1.2003 and Australian Crime Commission from 1.1.2003 to 24.11.2010) from 1.7.1996 to 19.6.2000.

Joint Standing: Migration from 31.5.1996 to 30.10.1997; National Capital and External Territories from 31.5.1996 to 1.7.1996; Treaties from 20.10.1999 to 7.3.2000; Treaties from 18.11.2002 to 5.12.2002; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 18.11.2002 to 30.6.2008; National Capital and External Territories from 18.11.2002 to 16.6.2008.

Joint Select: Republic Referendum from 21.6.1999 to 9.8.1999.


Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Parliamentary Delegate to the Australian Constitutional Convention, Canberra, February 1998.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to UK and Germany, June 1998.

World Vision Delegate to Albania, April 1999.

Speaker, Visions for the Future, Global Forum of Women Political Leaders, Manila, Philippines, January 2000.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the European Institutions, Strasbourg, Belgium and Luxembourg, June 2000.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Nigeria and South Africa, October-November 2002.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Samoa, December 2002.

Australian Observer, Cambodian National Assembly Elections, July 2003.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia, November 2003.

Member, Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Delegations to Indonesia, February 2004.

Member, Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Delegations to Indonesia, March-April 2004.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to New Zealand, May 2005.


Parliamentary Party Positions

Australian Democrats Spokesperson on Electoral Matters; Higher Education, Employment and Training; Housing; Transport; Young Australians from 7.12.1995 to 30.6.1996.

Australian Democrats Spokesperson on Education (Higher Education and Vocational Education); Employment and Training; Immigration and Multicultural Affairs; Science and Technology; Youth Affairs from 1.7.1996 to 25.2.1997.

Australian Democrats Spokesperson on Higher Education and Training; Consumer Affairs; Immigration and Multicultural Affairs; Youth Affairs; Science and Technology from 25.2.1997 to 20.10.1997.

Australian Democrats Spokesperson on Consumer Affairs; Employment; Higher Education (including Vocational Education and Training); Science and Technology; Youth Affairs (including social security issues) from 20.10.1997 to 12.12.1997.

Deputy Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Australian Democrats from 5.12.1997 to 6.4.2001.

Australian Democrats Spokesperson on Attorney-General and Justice; Constitutional Convention; Employment; Higher Education; Science and Information Technology; Youth Affairs; Consumer Affairs from 12.12.1997 to 1.1.1999.

Australian Democrats Spokesperson on Attorney-General and Justice; Consumer Affairs; Employment; Employment Services; Higher Education; Information Technology/Information Economy; The Republic; Science; Trade; Training; Youth Affairs from 1.1.1999 to 1.7.1999.

Australian Democrats Spokesperson on Consumer Affairs; Employment; Higher Education; Science and Information Technology; Trade; Training; Youth Affairs from 1.7.1999 to 11.10.1999.

Australian Democrats Spokesperson on Consumer Affairs; Employment and Employment Services; Higher Education; Information Technology and Information Economy; Republic (until November 1999); Science; Trade; Training; Youth Affairs from 11.10.1999 to 14.2.2001.

Australian Democrats Spokesperson on Consumer Affairs (including Privacy); Employment and Employment Services; Higher Education; Information Technology and Economy; Republic; Science and Biotechnology; Trade; Training; Youth Affairs from 14.2.2001 to 14.4.2001.

Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Australian Democrats from 6.4.2001 to 21.8.2002.

Australian Democrats Spokesperson on Higher Education; Prime Minister and Cabinet; Republic; Science and Biotechnology; Status of Women; Treasury from 14.4.2001 to 1.7.2002.

Australian Democrats Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs; Higher Education; Prime Minister and Cabinet; Republic; Science and Biotechnology; Status of Women; Treasury from 1.7.2002 to 24.10.2002.

Australian Democrats Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs; Higher Education; Republic; Science and Biotechnology; Status of Women; Territories and Local Government; Work and Family from 24.10.2002 to 2.4.2004.

Australian Democrats Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs; Higher Education; Republic; Science and Biotechnology; Status of Women; Territories and Local Government; Work and Family; Privacy from 2.4.2004 to 1.7.2005.

Australian Democrats Spokesperson on Attorney-General (including Privacy); Foreign Affairs; Science, Research and Higher Education; Women (Work and Family) from 1.7.2005 to 30.6.2008.


Party Positions

Member of the Australian Democrats State Council (SA).

Officeholder of the Young Democrats from 1993.


Other Positions

Member of the Diabetes Transplant Unit Advisory Board.

Member of the Australian Republic Movement National Committee.

No. 1 ticket holder of the South Australian Women's Football League.

Honorary Member of the Golden Key Society (Flinders Chapter).

Member of the Parliamentary Education Advisory Committee from 1.7.1996.

Member of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Executive from March 2000.


Personal

Born 9.9.1969, Adelaide, Australia

Married


Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

BA (University of Adelaide).

Shop assistant 1988-91.

President, Adelaide University Students' Association 1991.

Political adviser/researcher 1991-95.

South Australian Suffrage Centenary Committee 1992-94.

Community radio producer and freelance writer 1995.


Publications

Giving Generously (ed. J Scutt), Artemis, Melbourne: 1996.

DIY Feminism (ed. K Bail), Allen and Unwin, Sydney: 1996.

Saving our ABC - the case for maintaining Australia's national broadcaster (chapter, ed. M Fraser and J O'Reilly), Hyland House, South Melbourne: 1996.

The Australian political system (contribution, ed. D Lovell, I McAllister, W Maley and C Kukathas), Addison Wesley Longman, Melbourne: 1998.

Girls' talk: young women speak their hearts and minds (ed. M Pallotta-Chiarolli), Finch Publishing, Lane Cove, NSW: 1998.

What women want (ed. J Frank), Random House, Milsons Point, NSW: 2002.

Time for change: Australia in the 21st century (ed. T Wright), Hardie Grant, Prahran, Vic.: 2006.