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ELLISON, the Hon. Christopher MartinBiography for ELLISON, the Hon. Christopher Martin

Senator for Western Australia

Liberal Party of Australia



Parliamentary Service

Elected to the Senate for Western Australia 1993. Re-elected 1998 and 2004. Resigned 30.1.2009.


Parliamentary Positions

Temporary Chair of Committees from 25.9.2008 to 30.1.2009.


Ministerial Appointments

Parliamentary Secretary to the Attorney-General from 13.2.1997 to 18.7.1997.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health and Family Services from 13.2.1997 to 18.7.1997.

Minister for Customs and Consumer Affairs from 18.7.1997 to 9.10.1997.

Minister Assisting the Attorney-General from 18.7.1997 to 9.10.1997.

Minister for Schools, Vocational Education and Training from 9.10.1997 to 21.10.1998.

Special Minister of State from 21.10.1998 to 30.1.2001.

Minister for Justice and Customs from 30.1.2001 to 9.3.2007.

Minister for Human Services from 9.3.2007 to 3.12.2007.

Cabinet Minister from 9.3.2007 to 3.12.2007.


Committee Service

Senate Standing: Privileges from 18.8.1993 to 30.9.1997; Scrutiny of Bills from 22.9.1994 to 29.4.1996; Procedure from 18.11.2004 to 22.6.2006; Selection of Bills from 18.11.2004 to 20.3.2007; Procedure from 11.8.2006 to 20.6.2007; Scrutiny of Bills from 13.2.2008 to 13.10.2008 (Chair from 20.2.2008 to 13.10.2008); Selection of Bills from 13.2.2008 to 23.9.2008; Procedure from 12.3.2008 to 30.1.2009; Selection of Bills from 23.9.2008 to 30.1.2009.

Senate Select: Certain Aspects of Foreign Ownership Decisions in relation to the Print Media from 14.12.1993 to 30.3.1995; Land Fund Bill from 30.11.1994 to 9.2.1995; Certain Land Fund Matters from 19.9.1995 to 30.11.1995; Victorian Casino Inquiry from 20.5.1996 to 11.7.1996; Victorian Casino Inquiry from 6.8.1996 to 5.12.1996.

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 18.8.1993 to 10.10.1994; Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 18.8.1993 to 10.10.1994; Legal and Constitutional Affairs: References from 10.10.1994 to 26.2.1997 (Chair from 10.10.1994 to 29.4.1996); Legal and Constitutional Affairs: Legislation from 17.10.1994 to 26.2.1997 (Chair from 9.5.1996 to 26.2.1997); Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: References from 2.5.1996 to 26.2.1997; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: Legislation from 1.7.1996 to 26.2.1997.

Senate Estimates: F from 8.2.1994 to 10.10.1994.

Joint Statutory: Native Title from 25.3.1994 to 29.3.1995; Native Title and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Fund from 29.3.1995 to 26.2.1997; Corporations and Securities from 31.5.1996 to 25.11.1996.

Joint Standing: Treaties from 31.5.1996 to 26.2.1997.


Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Member, Official Committee Exchange to New Zealand by Joint Committee on Native Title, August 1995.

Leader, UNESCO Delegation to France, October 1997.

Official visits to France, October 1997.

Official visits to East Timor, March 2001.

Official visits to Singapore, Thailand and Hong Kong, April-May 2001.

Official visits to Japan, December 2001.

Official visits to East Timor, March 2001.

Official visits to Singapore, Thailand and Hong Kong, April-May 2001.

Official visits to Indonesia, February-March 2002.

Official visits to USA, September 2002.

Official visits to Indonesia, October 2002.

Official visits to Papua New Guinea, November 2002.

Official visits to Indonesia and Singapore, December 2002.

Official visits to Republic of Korea, February 2003.

Official visits to Nauru, March 2003.

Official visits to Cyprus and Austria, April 2003.

Official visits to Indonesia, April 2003.

Official visits to USA, July 2003.

Official visits to Solomon Islands, September 2003.

Official visits to East Timor, November 2003.

Official visits to Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia and Thailand, December 2003.

Official visits to Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, May 2004.

Official visits to Indonesia, July 2004.

Official visits to Papua New Guinea, December 2004.


Parliamentary Party Positions

Manager of Government Business in the Senate from 16.11.2004 to 9.3.2007.

Shadow Minister for Immigration and Citizenship from 6.12.2007 to 22.9.2008.

Manager of Opposition Business in the Senate from 12.2.2008 to 22.9.2008.


Party Positions

Member of the Liberal Party State Executive (WA) from 1983 to 1988.

Member of the Liberal Party State Council (WA) from 1983.

President of the Liberal Party Perth Division from 1983 to 1987.

Chair of the Liberal Party Constitutional and Drafting Committee from 1986 to 1988.

Chair of the Liberal Party Constitutional and Drafting Committee from 1989.

Member of the Liberal Party State Executive (WA) from 1989 to 2008.


Personal

Born 15.6.1954, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

Married


Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

BJuris (University of Western Australia).

LLB (University of Western Australia).

Articled Clerk and lawyer, Legal Aid Commission of WA 1978-80.

Barrister and solicitor 1980-93.


Military Service

Western Australian University Regiment 1979-80.