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WOODLEY, JohnBiography for WOODLEY, John

Senator for Queensland

Australian Democrats



Parliamentary Service

Elected to the Senate for Queensland 1993. Re-elected 1998. Resigned 27.7.2001.


Committee Service

Senate Select: Superannuation from 28.10.1993 to 1.7.1996; Unresolved Whistleblower Cases from 1.12.1994 to 26.10.1995; Community Standards Relevant to the Supply of Services Utilising Electronic Technologies (previously Telecommunications Technologies) from 22.5.1996 to 15.10.1996; Victorian Casino Inquiry from 1.7.1996 to 8.7.1996; Victorian Casino Inquiry from 10.8.1996 to 5.12.1996.

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Rural and Regional Affairs from 1.7.1993 to 10.10.1994; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 18.8.1993 to 10.10.1994; Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: References from 10.10.1994 to 27.7.2001 (Chair from 9.5.1996); Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: Legislation from 10.10.1994 to 27.7.2001; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: References from 15.10.1996 to 12.5.1999.

Joint Statutory: Native Title and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Fund from 20.10.1997 to 27.7.2001.


Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Member, Official Delegation to 92nd IPU Conference, Denmark and bilateral visits to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, August-September 1994.

Study tour to UK, July 1996.

Member, Official Australian Observer Mission to the Indonesian Elections, June 1999.

Study tour, UK and Ireland, July-August 2000.

Member, Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs Legislation visit to New Zealand, May 2001.


Parliamentary Party Positions

Australian Democrats Spokesperson on Australia's Security (including Defence), Rural Australia (including Primary Industry), Social Security and Tourism from 1.7.1993 to 7.12.1995.

Australian Democrats Spokesperson on Australia's Security (including Defence and Peace), Rural Australia, Social Security, Consumer Affairs and Tourism from 7.12.1995 to 30.6.1996.

Australian Democrats Spokesperson on Family Services (excluding Youth), Rural Australia, Social Security, Veterans' Affairs and Defence Personnel from 1.7.1996 to 25.2.1997.

Australian Democrats Spokesperson on Family Services and Aged Care, Rural Australia, Social Security, Veterans' Affairs and Defence Personnel from 25.2.1997 to 20.10.1997.

Australian Democrats Spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs and Reconciliation, Family Services (including Aged Care and Child Care), Children, Regional Development (excluding Local Government), Rural Australia and Transport from 20.10.1997 to 1.1.1999.

Australian Democrats Spokesperson on Aged Care, Agriculture, Children, Family and Community Services (including Child Care and Child Support) and Indigenous Affairs, Reconciliation, Regional Services and Transport from 1.1.1999 to 1.7.1999.

Australian Democrats Spokesperson on Aged Care, Agriculture, Children, Family and Community Services, Indigenous Affairs and Regional Services from 1.7.1999 to 14.2.2001.

Australian Democrats Spokesperson on Agriculture, Children, Family and Community Services (including Child Care and Child Support), Indigenous Affairs and Regional Services from 14.2.2001 to 27.7.2001.


Party Positions

Member of the Australian Democrats from 1981.

Ombudsman of the Federal Australian Democrats from 1988 to 1991.

President of the Australian Democrats State Branch (Qld.) from 1991 to 1993.


Other Positions

President of the Parliamentary Christian Fellowship.

Minister of Methodist and Uniting Churches from 1962.

Director for Social Responsibility in the Uniting Church from 1977 to 1984.

Chaplain of the Queensland University of Technology from 1988 to 1993.


Personal

Born 9.2.1938, Brisbane, Australia

Married


Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

BTh (Brisbane College of Theology).

LTh (Melbourne College of Divinity).

Clerk from 1953 to 1959.


Publications

Bulldust and Spinifex, Redland Printery. Brisbane: 1973.

Technicolour Fantasy, Uniting Church. Brisbane: 1982.

Uniting Church and Aboriginal Land Rights, Uniting Church. Brisbane: 1983.


Military Service

Royal Australian Naval Reserve (National Service), 1957-59.