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SCHOLES, the Hon. Gordon Glen Denton, AOBiography for SCHOLES, the Hon. Gordon Glen Denton, AO

Member for Corio (Vic)

Australian Labor Party



Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Corio, Victoria at by-election 1967, vice Hon. H Opperman (resigned). Re-elected 1969, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1987 and 1990. Retired prior to general elections 1993.


Parliamentary Positions

Deputy Chairman of Committees from 04.03.1970 to 02.11.1972

Deputy Speaker and Chairman of Committees from 27.02.1975 to 16.02.1976

Speaker of the House of Representatives from 27.02.1975 to 16.02.1976 (Authority to act from date of simultaneous dissolution on 11.11.75 to day before re-election of successor on 17.2.76 derives from Parliamentary Presiding Officers Act 1965.)

Deputy Chairman of Committees from 08.05.1990 to 08.02.1993


Ministerial Appointments

Minister for Defence from 11.3.1983 to 13.12.1984.

Cabinet Minister from 11.3.1983 to 13.12.1984.

Minister for Territories from 13.12.1984 to 24.7.1987.


Committee Service

Joint Statutory: Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings from 27.2.1975 to 4.2.1983 (Chair from 27.2.1975 to 11.11.1975); Public Accounts from 8.10.1987 to 17.5.1990.

Joint Standing: Parliamentary Committee System from 25.9.1974 to 5.3.1975 (Chair from 25.9.1974 to 5.3.1975); New Parliament House from 30.9.1975 to 10.11.1977 (Joint Chair from 30.9.1975 to 11.11.1975); Foreign Affairs and Defence from 14.3.1978 to 19.10.1980; New Parliament House from 4.12.1980 to 4.2.1983; New Parliament House from 28.2.1985 to 19.2.1990; Australian Capital Territory from 1.6.1989 to 7.5.1992; National Capital from 7.5.1992 to 8.2.1993.

House of Representatives Standing: Standing Orders from 25.11.1969 to 2.11.1972; Standing Orders from 1.3.1973 to 4.2.1983; Privileges from 1.3.1973 to 8.4.1975; Library from 27.2.1975 to 11.11.1975; House from 27.2.1975 to 11.11.1975; Privileges from 3.3.1976 to 1.5.1980; Privileges from 5.3.1981 to 4.2.1983; Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 8.10.1987 to 8.2.1993; Procedure from 8.10.1987 to 8.2.1993 (Chair from 16.5.1990 to 8.2.1993).


Conferences Delegations and Visits

Councillor, Spring Meeting IPU, Monaco, April 1970

Deputy Leader, 58th IPU Conference, The Hague, October 1970

Member, Parliamentary Delegations to the USSR, June 1973

Leader, Parliamentary Delegations to Sweden and Denmark, June 1973

Deputy Leader, 23rd CPA Conference, Canada, September 1973

Member, Commonwealth Parliamentary Delegations to the Australian Constitutional Conventions, Sydney, September 1973

Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to East Asia, July 1975

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Papua New Guinea for Independence Day celebrations, September 1975

Joint President, Australian Branches IPU and CPA from February to November 1975

Chairman, IPU from February-November 1975

Chairman, Commonwealth Parliamentary Delegations to the Australian Constitutional Conventions, Melbourne, 1975

Member, Commonwealth Parliamentary Delegations to the Australian Constitutional Conventions, Hobart, October 1976

Member, Commonwealth Parliamentary Delegations to the Australian Constitutional Conventions, Perth, July 1978

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to France and the Commissions of the European Community, May-June 1979

Observer, South Pacific Commission, Tahiti, October 1979

Member, 27th CPA Conference, Suva, October 1981

Official visits to New Zealand, June 1983

Official visits to New Guinea, June 1983

Official visits to Washington, USA, July 1983

Official visits to USA, July 1983

Official visits to South-East Asia, April 1984

Official visits to USA, UK and Sinai, June 1984

Member, 34th CPA Conference, Canberra, September 1988

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the European Parliamentary Institutions and Ireland, August-September 1991

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Colombia, September-October 1992


Parliamentary Party Positions

Member of the Opposition Shadow Ministry from 27.1.1976 to 11.3.1983.

Opposition Spokesman on Postal and Telecommunications Commissions from 27.1.1976 to 2.6.1977.

Manager of Opposition Business in the House of Representatives from 20.11.1976 to 29.12.1977.

Opposition Spokesman on Primary Industry from 2.6.1977 to 29.12.1977.

Opposition Spokesman on Defence from 29.12.1977 to 11.3.1983.

Opposition Spokesman on Australian Capital Territory from 23.11.1980 to 11.3.1983.


Personal

Born 7.6.1931, Melbourne, Australia

Married


Honours

Appointed Officer of the Order of Australia, 13.06.1993


Electorate

Description: Provincial

Location: Southern Victoria; it includes east and north-west Geelong and the centres of Bellarine, Clifton Springs, Corio, Indented Head, Leopold, Newtown, Portarlington and St Leonards.

Area: 277 Sq km

Electors enrolled: 76801 (at 15.2.1993)

Industries: Stevedoring, car and tractor assembly plants, glass works, aluminium smelter, petroleum refinery, woollen mills, saltworks, paper mills, market gardening, dairying, poultry, mussel farming, fishing, cement production, tannery, carpeting, clothing, shoes, chemical production and tourism.

Electorate: Corio includes parts of the Victorian Legislative Assembly electorates of Bellarine, Geelong and Geelong North.