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MOLAN, Andrew James (Jim) AO DSCBiography for MOLAN, Andrew James (Jim) AO DSC

Senator for New South Wales

Liberal Party of Australia

Parliamentary Service

Declared elected 22.12.2017 as a Senator for New South Wales by the High Court of Australia, vice the Hon. F Nash (disqualified under section 44 of the Constitution). Defeated at general elections 2019. Chosen by the Parliament of New South Wales on 14.11.2019 under section 15 of the Constitution to represent that State in the Senate, vice the Hon. A Sinodinos (resigned).

Committee Service

Senate Standing: Senators' Interests from 5.2.2018 to 30.6.2019.

Senate Select: Political Influence of Donations from 5.2.2018 to 6.6.2018; Stillbirth Research and Education from 28.3.2018 to 4.12.2018 (Deputy Chair from 6.4.2018 to 4.12.2018); Autism from 28.11.2019; Foreign Interference through Social Media from 5.12.2019 (Deputy Chair from 10.12.2019).

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Education and Employment: Legislation from 5.2.2018 to 3.4.2019; Legal and Constitutional Affairs: Legislation from 5.2.2018 to 30.6.2019 (Chair from 10.10.2018 to 22.10.2018); Education and Employment: References from 5.2.2018 to 30.6.2019; Legal and Constitutional Affairs: References from 5.2.2018 to 30.6.2019.

Joint Statutory: Intelligence and Security from 12.9.2018 to 30.6.2019.

Joint Standing: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 5.2.2018 to 30.6.2019; Migration from 5.2.2018 to 30.6.2019; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 28.11.2019.


Born 11.4.1950, East Melbourne, Australia


Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament


BA (University of New South Wales).

BEc (University of Queensland).

Defence and Security Commentator.

Consultant on Defence issues.

Director, National Aerial Firefighting Centre.

Co-author, Operation Sovereign Borders, 2013.

Prime Minister's Special Envoy, Operation Sovereign Borders from 2013 to 2014.

Special Adviser to the Defence Minister, 2014.


Australian Active Service Medal (East Timor and Iraq).

Defence Force Service Medal (Federation Star).

Australian Defence Medal.

Papua New Guinea Independence Medal (PNG).

Order of the Star of Yudha Dharma 3rd Class (Indonesia).

Legion of Merit (United States; Officer).

Distinguished Service Cross.


Member of the Order of Australia.

Officer of the Order of Australia.


Running the War in Iraq, HarperCollins, Sydney, 2008.

Military Service


Defence Materiel Advocate.

Adviser, Vice Chief of the Defence Force on Joint Warfighting.

Commander, Australian Defence Colleges.

Officer, Australian Army.

Chief of Operations, Coalition Forces, Iraq.