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SPENDER, John Michael, QCBiography for SPENDER, John Michael, QC

Member for North Sydney (NSW)

Liberal Party of Australia

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for North Sydney, New South Wales, 1980. Re-elected 1983, 1984 and 1987. Defeated at general elections 1990.

Committee Service

Joint Statutory: National Crime Authority from 28.2.1985 to 8.10.1985; National Crime Authority from 1.6.1989 to 19.2.1990.

Joint Select: Parliamentary Privilege from 5.5.1982 to 3.10.1984 (Chair from 18.5.1982 to 3.10.1984).

House of Representatives Standing: Privileges from 11.5.1983 to 26.10.1984; Members' Interests from 10.9.1985 to 5.6.1987; Privileges from 14.3.1986 to 17.2.1987; Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 17.8.1989 to 19.2.1990.

Conferences Delegations and Visits

Attended Brookings Institute Seminar for Multi-Regional Leaders on United States Security, October-November 1981

Leader, Liberal-National Party Delegation to Japan, February 1982

Member, Commonwealth Parliamentary Delegation to the Australian Constitutional Convention, Adelaide, April 1983

Alternate Delegate, Commonwealth Parliamentary Delegation to the Australian Constitutional Convention, Brisbane, July 1985

Parliamentary Party Positions

Opposition Spokesman on Aviation and on Defence Support from 16.3.1983 to 14.12.1984.

Member of the Opposition Shadow Ministry from 16.3.1983 to 14.12.1984.

Member of the Opposition Shadow Ministry from 9.9.1985 to 12.5.1989.

Shadow Attorney-General from 9.9.1985 to 14.8.1987.

Opposition Spokesman on the Status of Women from 21.4.1987 to 14.8.1987.

Leader of the Opposition in the House of Representatives from 29.4.1987 to 14.8.1987.

Opposition Spokesman on Foreign Affairs from 14.8.1987 to 12.5.1989.

Party Positions

Delegate, Liberal Party State Convention (NSW) 1974-80

Member, Liberal Party State Council (NSW) 1974-80

Chairman, Convention Committee (NSW) 1976-77

Delegate, Liberal Party Federal Council 1978-80

Metropolitan Vice-President, Liberal Party Executive 1978-80

Other Positions

Appointed Queen's Counsel, 1974


Born 2.12.1935, Sydney, Australia


Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

B.A (Yale)

Practising barrister

Military Service

Major, Australian Army Reserve


Location: Central northern Sydney; following the 1984 Federal redistribution includes the suburbs of Artarmon, Cammeray, Kirribilli, Millwood, Milsons Point, Neutral Bay, Northbridge, North Sydney, St Leonards and Willoughby, and parts of Chatswood, Cremorne and Greenwich.

Area: 32 Sq km

Electors enrolled: 71647 (at 11.7.1987)

Industries: Commercial activities and various service industries.

Electorate: North Sydney includes the New South Wales Legislative Assembly electorate of North Shore, and parts of Lane Cove, Middle Harbour and Mosman.