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GUILFOYLE, the Hon. Dame Margaret Georgina Constance, DBEBiography for GUILFOYLE, the Hon. Dame Margaret Georgina Constance, DBE

Senator for Victoria

Liberal Party of Australia

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the Senate for Victoria 1970. Re-elected 1974, 1975, 1980 and 1983. Retired prior to general elections 1987.

Ministerial Appointments

Minister for Education from 12.11.1975 to 22.12.1975.

Cabinet Minister from 12.11.1975 to 22.12.1975.

Minister for Social Security from 22.12.1975 to 3.11.1980.

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister in Child Care Matters from 22.12.1975 to 23.6.1976.

Cabinet Minister from 8.7.1976 to 11.3.1983.

Minister for Finance from 3.11.1980 to 11.3.1983.

Committee Service

Senate Standing: House from 19.8.1971 to 11.4.1974.

Senate Select: Foreign Ownership and Control from 2.2.1972 to 11.4.1974.

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Finance and Government Operations from 6.10.1971 to 25.9.1974; Finance and Government Operations from 21.4.1983 to 2.5.1984.

Senate Estimates: A from 28.9.1971 to 11.4.1974; B from 14.9.1972 to 2.11.1972; C from 3.10.1974 to 11.11.1974; C from 4.5.1983 to 21.2.1985; F from 6.4.1987 to 5.6.1987.

Joint Statutory: Public Accounts from 13.12.1983 to 5.6.1987.

Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Official visits to the Philippines, Hong Kong and Indonesia, January 1978

Official visits to Japan, April 1978

Official visits to the UK, Switzerland and USA, June 1979

Attended the International Conference of Women Leaders, Israel, June 1979

Official visits to Canada, June 1980

Parliamentary Party Positions

Opposition Spokesman on the Media from 14.6.1974 to 26.3.1975.

Opposition Spokesman on Education from 26.3.1975 to 11.11.1975.

Opposition Spokesman on Taxation from 16.3.1983 to 14.12.1984.

Party Positions

Member of the Liberal Party Federal Council from 1967 to 1970.

Chairman of the Liberal Party Women's Section (Vic.) from 1969 to 1970.

Member of the Liberal Party State Executive (Vic.) from 1969 to 1970.

Member of the Liberal Party Federal Women's Committee from 1969 to 1970.

Other Positions

Honorary National Treasurer of the Australian Young Women's Christian Association from 1970 to 1977.

Honorary National Treasurer of the Student Women's Residence Hall at the University of Papua and New Guinea Appeals Committee from 1970 to 1973.

Member of the Victorian State Opera Board from 1981.


Born 15.5.1926, Belfast, Northern Ireland


Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

ACIS (Chartered Institute of Secretaries)

FASA (Australian Society of Accountants)

Licensed auditor of public companies

Registered taxation agent

Formerly head office accountant with large public company

Accountant in private practice


Appointed Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, 31.12.1979