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HILL, the Hon. Robert MurrayBiography for HILL, the Hon. Robert Murray

Senator for South Australia

Liberal Party of Australia



Parliamentary Service

Elected to the Senate for South Australia 1980. Re-elected 1983, 1987, 1990, 1996 and 2001. Resigned 15.3.2006.


Parliamentary Appointments

Member of the National Library of Australia Council from 22.2.1985 to 21.11.1989.


Ministerial Appointments

Minister for the Environment from 11.3.1996 to 21.10.1998.

Cabinet Minister from 11.3.1996 to 20.1.2006.

Minister for the Environment and Heritage from 21.10.1998 to 26.11.2001.

Minister for Defence from 26.11.2001 to 20.1.2006.


Committee Service

Senate Standing: Parliamentary Library (formerly Library) from 25.8.1981 to 4.2.1983; Parliamentary Library (formerly Library) from 24.9.1987 to 6.9.1989; Appropriations and Staffing from 11.5.1990 to 15.3.2006; Procedure from 11.5.1990 to 20.1.2006.

Senate Select: South West Tasmania from 24.9.1981 to 23.11.1982.

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 25.8.1981 to 5.6.1987; Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 24.9.1987 to 8.5.1990.

Senate Estimates: E from 26.8.1981 to 8.9.1982; A from 9.9.1982 to 21.8.1986; E from 24.3.1987 to 3.4.1987; C from 31.3.1987 to 29.4.1987; D from 29.9.1988 to 6.9.1989; B from 6.9.1989 to 8.5.1990; B from 24.8.1990 to 3.5.1993.

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 11.10.1984 to 26.10.1984; 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 9.10.1987 to 19.2.1990.

Joint Standing: Foreign Affairs and Defence from 23.9.1981 to 5.6.1987; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 9.10.1987 to 19.2.1990; Australian Capital Territory from 31.5.1989 to 6.9.1989.


Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Africa, July-August 1982.

Member, Observer Delegation to the South Pacific Conference, Saipan, September-October 1983.

Member, 30th CPA Conference, Douglas, Isle of Man, September-October 1984.

Parliamentary Adviser, United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), New York, September-December 1986.

Leader, Australian Political Exchange Committee Delegation to Canada, October 1987.

Parliamentary Delegation to USSR, 1988.

Member, Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade (Defence Sub-Committee) visit to Noumea, New Caledonia, April 1989.

Parliamentary Delegation to Europe, October 1991.

Official observer, Eritrean Referendum, April 1993.

Official visits to the Philippines, China, Switzerland, France and USA, July 1996.

Official visits to Indonesia, October 1996.

Official visits to Chile and Argentina, November 1996.

Official visits to USA, April 1997.

Official visits to Canada, June 1997.

Official visits to USA, June 1997.

Official visits to Japan, July-August 1997.

Official visits to Indonesia, September 1997.

Official visits to Hawaii, October 1997.

Official visits to Japan, November 1997.

Official visits to Japan, December 1997.

Official visits to New Zealand, December 1997.

Official visits to France, March-April 1998.

Official visits to USA and Slovak Republic, April-May 1998.

Official visits to New Zealand, June 1998.

Official visits to South Africa, Argentina, Easter Island and New Zealand, November 1998.

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

Official visits to Antarctica via New Zealand, January 1999.

Official visits to UK and Kenya, January-February 1999.

Official visits to USA, Mexico, Cuba and Canada, April 1999.

Official visits to the Solomon Islands and Palau, May 1999.

Official visits to France, July 1999.

Official visits to Germany and Poland, September 1999.

Official visits to Germany, Spain and Portugal, October-November 1999.

Official visits to UK and Kenya, January-February 2000.

Official visits to New Zealand, Samoa, Tonga and Fiji, February 2000.

Official visits to Papua New Guinea, March 2000.

Official visits to French Polynesia and USA, April 2000.

Official visits to China, May 2000.

Official visits to Finland, Denmark and Sweden, May-June 2000.

Official visits to Papua New Guinea, September 2000.

Official visits to Netherlands, October 2000 and November 2000.

Official visits to USA, April 2001.

Official visits to China and France, May 2001.

Official visits to Germany and UK, July 2001.

Official visits to East Timor, December 2001.

Official visits to USA, UK and Kuwait, January 2002.

Official visits to Singapore, January 2002.

Official visits to Indonesia, March 2002.

Official visits to Papua New Guinea and Bougainville, April 2002.

Official visits to Afghanistan, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates and Kuwait, May 2002.

Official visits to East Timor, May 2002.

Official visits to Malaysia and Singapore, May-June 2002.

Official visits to Kyrgyzstan and UK, July 2002.

Official visits to New Zealand, September 2002.

Official visits to USA, October-November 2002.

Official visits to Papua New Guinea, November 2002.

Official visits to Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates, April 2003.

Official visits to Singapore and Malaysia, May-June 2003.

Official visits to Singapore, July 2003.

Official visits to China, Japan and Guam, September-October 2003.

Official visits to Iraq, Sweden and USA, November 2003.

Official visits to UK, France, Germany, Turkey, Oman and Kuwait, April 2004.

Official visits to Singapore, June 2004.

Official visits to USA, France, Spain and UK, June-July 2004.

Official visits to New Zealand and Solomon Islands, July 2004.

Official visits to Bahrain, December 2004.

Official visits to Papua New Guinea, December 2004.

Official visits to Indonesia, Malaysia and UK, January 2005.

Official visits to Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Indonesia, April 2005.

Official visits to Iran, Egypt and Libya, April-May 2005.

Official visits to Singapore and China, June 2005.

Official visits to Belgium, UK, Spain, United Arab Emirates and Afghanistan, September 2005.

Official visits to the Philippines and Republic of Korea, October 2005.

Official visits to Iraq and Sudan, November 2005.


Parliamentary Party Positions

Leader of the Government in the Senate from 11.3.1996 to 20.1.2006.

Shadow Minister for Justice, the Australian Capital Territory and the Status of Women from 16.9.1988 to 11.6.1989.

Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs from 11.6.1989 to 7.4.1993.

Leader of the Opposition in the Senate from 11.4.1990 to 11.3.1996.

Shadow Minister for Defence and Public Administration from 7.4.1993 to 17.1.1994.

Shadow Minister for Public Administration from 17.1.1994 to 26.5.1994.

Shadow Minister for Education, Science and Technology from 26.5.1994 to 11.3.1996.


Party Positions

Chair of the Liberal Party Campaign Committee (SA) from 1975 to 1977.

Vice-President of the Liberal Party State Branch (SA) from 1977 to 1979.

Chair of the Liberal Party Constitution Committee from 1977 to 1981.

President of the Liberal Party State Branch (SA) from 1985 to 1987.

Member of the Liberal Party Federal Executive from 1985 to 1987.

Member of the Liberal Party Federal Executive from 1990 to 1993.


Personal

Born 25.9.1946, Adelaide, Australia

Married


Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

LLB (University of Adelaide).

LLM (University of London).

BA (University of Adelaide).

Barrister and solicitor.