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CAMPBELL, the Hon. Ian GordonBiography for CAMPBELL, the Hon. Ian Gordon

Senator for Western Australia 1990-2007

Liberal Party of Australia

Parliamentary Service

Chosen by the Parliament of Western Australia on 16.5.1990 under section 15 of the Constitution to represent that State in the Senate, vice the Hon. FM Chaney (resigned) (term ended 30.6.1993). Elected 1993 (term began 1.7.93), 1998 and 2004. Resigned 31.5.2007.

Ministerial Appointments

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and to the Minister for Sport, Territories and Local Government from 11.3.96 to 11.11.96.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the Senate from 11.3.96 to 11.11.96.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer from 11.11.96 to 21.10.98 and from 26.11.01 to 7.10.03.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts from 21.10.98 to 26.11.01.

Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads from 7.10.03 to 18.7.04.

Minister for the Environment and Heritage from 18.7.04 to 30.1.07.

Minister for Human Services from 30.1.07 to 9.3.07.

Committee Service

Senate Standing: Scrutiny of Bills from 8.5.96 to 29.10.96; Selection of Bills from 14.10.96 to 15.11.04; Procedure from 30.11.00 to 1.7.02 and from 25.3.03 to 15.11.04; Publications from 23.3.07 to 31.5.07.

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Environment, Recreation and the Arts from 11.9.90 to 18.8.93; Finance and Public Administration from 17.9.90 to 10.10.94; Finance and Public Administration: References Committee from 10.10.94 to 29.4.96; Employment, Education and Training: Legislation Committee from 8.5.96 to 30.6.96.

Senate Select: Land Fund Bill from 30.11.94 (Chair from 30.11.94) to 9.2.95; Certain Land Fund Matters from 19.9.95 (Chair from 19.9.95) to 30.11.95.

Senate Estimates: E from 21.2.91 to 5.3.92 and from 8.2.94 to 10.10.94; A from 5.3.92 to 6.5.93.

Joint Statutory: Corporations and Securities from 6.3.91 to 4.5.94; Native Title from 25.3.94 to 29.3.95; Native Title and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Fund from 29.3.95 to 29.1.96.

Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Member, Coalition Parliamentary Delegation to Taiwan, July 1992.

Exchange Program, France, September-October 1992.

Attended Commission on Sustainable Development, New York, April-May 1996; New York, April 2005.

Official visits to USA, April 2002 and April 2003; Marshall Islands, June 2003; New Zealand, November 2004; Argentina, December 2004; UK, March 2005; Switzerland, France, Denmark, Ireland, UK and Sweden, May-June 2005; Solomon Islands, Kiribati and Tonga, June 2005; Republic of Korea, June 2005; Indonesia, September 2005; Canada, September 2005; UK, October-November 2005; Canada, December 2005; USA, May 2006; Kiribati, Marshall Islands and Vanuatu, May-June 2006; St Kitts and Nevis, June 2006; Switzerland, September 2006; China, October 2006; Kenya, November 2006.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition from 17.1.94 to 26.5.94.

Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 26.5.94 to 11.3.96. Shadow Minister for Sport, Recreation and Youth Affairs from 26.5.94 to 11.3.96.

Manager, Government Business in the Senate from 6.11.96 to 17.11.04.

Party Positions

State President, Young Liberal Movement (WA) 1982-83.

Delegate, Federal Council 1982-86.

Member, Joint Standing Committee on Liberal Party Federal Policy 1983-86.

Chair, Joint Policy Committee, Liberal Party (WA) 1983-86.

President, Liberal Party Stirling Division 1989-90.


Born 22.5.1959, Perth, WA.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

Commercial and industrial property consultant.

Company director.