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SIBRAA, the Hon. Kerry Walter, AOBiography for SIBRAA, the Hon. Kerry Walter, AO

Senator for New South Wales

Australian Labor Party



Parliamentary Service

Elected to the Senate for New South Wales 1975. Defeated at general elections 1977. Appointed by the Governor of New South Wales on 9.8.1978 under section 15 of the Constitution to represent that State in the Senate, vice the Hon. J McClelland (resigned), 1980 and 1983, 1984, 1987 and 1993. Resigned 1.2.1994.


Parliamentary Positions

Temporary Chairman of Committees from 22.8.1978 to 19.9.1980.

Temporary Chairman of Committees from 21.4.1983 to 15.5.1985.

President of the Senate from 17.2.1987 to 5.6.1987.

President of the Senate from 14.9.1987 to 31.1.1994.


Committee Service

Senate Standing: Disputed Returns and Qualifications from 24.2.1976 to 30.6.1978; Disputed Returns and Qualifications from 22.8.1978 to 11.9.1985; Appropriations and Staffing from 11.5.1983 to 31.1.1994 (Chair from 17.2.1987 to 31.1.1994); Procedure from 17.2.1987 to 31.1.1994 (Chair from 17.2.1987); House from 17.2.1987 to 31.1.1994 (Chair from 17.2.1987); Parliamentary Library from 17.2.1987 to 31.1.1994 (Chair from 17.2.1987).

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Foreign Affairs and Defence from 24.3.1976 to 30.6.1978; Foreign Affairs and Defence from 17.8.1978 to 9.9.1981.

Senate Estimates: B from 29.4.1976 to 26.8.1976; A from 26.8.1976 to 30.6.1978; F from 20.9.1978 to 13.9.1979; A from 13.9.1979 to 1.4.1980; F from 1.4.1980 to 2.4.1981; D from 2.4.1981 to 4.2.1983; E from 4.5.1983 to 7.9.1984 (Chair from 12.5.1983); E from 14.9.1984 to 16.4.1985 (Chair from 14.9.1984); A from 23.9.1985 to 9.10.1985.

Joint Statutory: Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings (formerly Broadcasting) from 17.2.1987 to 31.1.1994 (Joint Chair from 17.2.1987).

Joint Standing: Foreign Affairs and Defence from 25.3.1976 to 30.6.1978; Foreign Affairs and Defence from 22.8.1978 to 25.2.1987 (Chair from 28.2.1985); New Parliament House (formerly New and Permanent Parliament House before 3.12.1980) from 1.7.1981 to 19.2.1990 (Joint Chair from 17.2.1987); Parliamentary Zone from 20.8.1991 to 8.2.1993 (Joint Chair from 20.8.1991 to 8.2.1993).


Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Parliamentary Observer, South Pacific Conference, Noumea, October 1978.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Africa, June-July 1979.

Parliamentary Observer to the Diplomatic Conference on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources, Canberra, May 1980.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Saudi Arabia, Oman and the United Arab Emirates, January 1982.

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

Leader, Delegation to South Pacific Conference, Saipan, September-October 1983.

Leader, Australian Delegations to Southern African Development Committee Conferences, Swaziland, February 1985.

Member, 74th IPU Conference, Ottawa, September 1985.

Leader, Australian Delegations to Southern African Development Committee Conferences, Zimbabwe, January 1986.

Executive Committee Meetings, Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, Gibraltar, March 1987.

Member, 18th Regional Conference of Presiding Officers and Clerks, Rarotonga, May 1987.

Member, 33rd CPA Conference, Kuala Lumpur, August-September 1987.

Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to USA, January 1988.

Attended 9th Conference of Commonwealth Speakers and Presiding Officers, UK, July 1988.

Executive Committee Meetings, Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, West Indies, March 1988.

Member, 35th CPA Conference, Barbados, October 1989.

Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to Yugoslavia, Hungary and Czechoslovakia, June-July 1989.

Member, 36th CPA Conference, Harare, Zimbabwe, September 1990.

Attended 10th Conference, Harare, Zimbabwe, January 1990.

Leader, Australian Delegations to Southern African Development Committee Conferences, Zambia, 1990.

Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Poland, July-August 1991.

Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to Colombia, September-October 1992.

Attended 11th Conference, Jamaica 1992.

Member, 38th CPA Conference, Nassau, The Bahamas, October 1992.

Member, 39th CPA Conference, Cyprus, September 1993.

Bilateral visit to Malta and Germany, September 1993.

Attended 12th Conference, Port Moresby, January 1994.


Parliamentary Party Positions

Opposition Deputy Whip in the Senate from 24.11.1980 to 4.2.1983.


Party Positions

Organiser for the Australian Labor Party State Branch (NSW) from 1969 to 1970.

Member of the Australian Labor Party Administrative Committee (NSW) from 1971 to 1976.

Assistant Secretary of the Australian Labor Party State Branch (NSW) from 1973 to 1975.


Personal

Born 12.10.1937, Syndey, Australia


Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

Assistant General Secretary of the Australian Labor Party (NSW).

President of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association from September 1987.


Honours

Appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia, 26.1.1997.

Awarded the Centenary Medal, 1.1.2001.