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LEES, Meg HeatherBiography for LEES, Meg Heather

Senator for South Australia

Australian Progressive Alliance



Parliamentary Service

Chosen by the Parliament of South Australia on 4.4.1990 under section 15 of the Constitution to represent that State in the Senate, vice J Haines (resigned). Elected to the Senate for South Australia 1993. Re-elected 1998. Defeated at general elections 2004.


Committee Service

Senate Select: Superannuation from 13.8.1991 to 17.10.1991; Land Fund Bill from 30.11.1994 to 9.2.1995; Uranium Mining and Milling from 1.7.1996 to 15.5.1997; Medicare from 15.5.2003 to 11.2.2004.

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Community Affairs from 1.6.1990 to 10.10.1994; Community Affairs: References from 10.10.1994 to 30.10.1997; Community Affairs: Legislation from 10.10.1994 to 2.3.1998; Finance and Public Administration: Legislation from 10.11.1994 to 29.4.1996; Environment, Recreation, Communications and the Arts: References from 15.11.1995 to 2.3.1998 (Chair from 21.11.1995 to 2.3.1998); Environment, Recreation, Communications and the Arts: Legislation from 15.11.1995 to 30.10.1997; Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts: Legislation from 24.11.1998 to 15.11.2004; Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts: References from 24.11.1998 to 15.11.2004; Community Affairs: References from 13.2.2002 to 15.11.2004; Community Affairs: Legislation from 19.8.2002 to 15.11.2004; Education, Employment and Workplace Relations: Legislation from 19.8.2002 to 15.11.2004; Education, Employment and Workplace Relations: References from 19.8.2002 to 15.11.2004; Legal and Constitutional Affairs: Legislation from 19.8.2002 to 15.11.2004; Legal and Constitutional Affairs: References from 19.8.2002 to 15.11.2004; Economics: Legislation from 21.10.2002 to 15.11.2004; Economics: References from 21.10.2002 to 15.11.2004; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: Legislation from 21.10.2002 to 15.11.2004; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: References from 21.10.2002 to 15.11.2004; Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: References from 21.10.2002 to 15.11.2004; Finance and Public Administration: Legislation from 21.10.2002 to 15.11.2004; Finance and Public Administration: References from 21.10.2002 to 15.11.2004; Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: Legislation from 21.6.2004 to 15.11.2004; Community Affairs: References from 7.12.2004 to 30.6.2005.

Joint Statutory: Native Title and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Fund from 9.8.2001 to 30.6.2005.

Joint Standing: Electoral Matters from 19.8.1993 to 1.7.1996.


Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Study tour, UK, July 2000.

Study tour, Thailand, June 2001.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Canada and China, November-December 2002.


Parliamentary Party Positions

Australian Democrats Spokesperson on Arts, Sport, Tourism and Territories; Status of Women from 8.5.1990 to 30.6.1990.

Australian Democrats Spokesperson on Social Security (including Retirement Income); Community Services (including Aged Care); Sport; Tourism from 1.7.1990 to 8.10.1991.

Deputy Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Australian Democrats from 3.10.1991 to 15.10.1997.

Australian Democrats Spokesperson on Community Services; Health; Ethnic Affairs; Social Security; Sport; Women from 8.10.1991 to 17.8.1992.

Australian Democrats Spokesperson on Employment; Health and Community Services; Social Security; Sport; Women from 17.8.1992 to 30.6.1993.

Australian Democrats Spokesperson on Community, Family and Aged Care Services; Consumer Affairs; Electoral Matters; Health; Housing; Sport; Veterans' Affairs from 1.7.1993 to 7.12.1995.

Australian Democrats Spokesperson on Environment; Family and Aged Care Services; Health; Sport; Veterans' Affairs from 7.12.1995 to 30.6.1996.

Australian Democrats Spokesperson on Environment; Health; Population; Resources and Energy; Sport from 1.7.1996 to 20.10.1997.

Australian Democrats Spokesperson on Commonwealth/State Relations; Energy and Resources; Environment; Health; Population; Prime Minister and Cabinet; Women from 20.10.1997 to 12.12.1997.

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

Australian Democrats Spokesperson on Prime Minister and Cabinet; Treasurer; Health; Energy and Resources; Commonwealth/State Relations; Women from 12.12.1997 to 1.1.1999.

Australian Democrats Spokesperson on Fisheries; Forestry and Conservation; Health; Prime Minister and Cabinet; Resources (including Energy); Sport (including Olympics); Status of Women; Treasurer from 1.1.1999 to 1.7.1999.

Australian Democrats Spokesperson on Health; Prime Minister and Cabinet; Sport (including Olympics); Status of Women; Treasurer from 1.7.1999 to 14.4.2001.

Australian Democrats Spokesperson on Consumer Affairs; Employment and Employment Services; Health; Local Government; Sport; Training from 14.4.2001 to 9.8.2001.

Australian Democrats Spokesperson on Consumer Affairs; Health; Indigenous Affairs; Local Government; Sport; Training from 9.8.2001 to 1.7.2002.

Australian Democrats Spokesperson on Child Care and Child Support; Health; Indigenous Affairs; Local Government; Sport; Training from 1.7.2002 to 26.7.2002.


Party Positions

Secretary of the Australian Democrats Mt Gambier Branch from 1982 to 1985.

Delegate to the Australian Democrats State Council (SA) from 1983 to 1986.

Convenor of the Australian Democrats Policy Committee (SA) from 1986 to 1987.

Vice-President of the Australian Democrats State Branch (SA) from 1986 to 1987.

President of the Australian Democrats State Branch (SA) from 1987 to 1989.


Personal

Born 19.10.1948, Burwood, Australia

Married


Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

BEd (Adelaide College of Advanced Education).

DipPE (Sydney Teachers' College).

Teacher.

Councillor, Australian Conservation Foundation.