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Biography for SPENDER, John Michael, QC

Member for North Sydney (NSW) 1980-90

Liberal Party

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for North Sydney, New South Wales, 1980, 1983, 1984 and 1987.

Defeated at general elections 1990.

Committee Service

House of Representatives Standing: Privileges from 11.5.83 to 26.10.84 and from 14.3.86 to 17.2.87; Members' Interests from 10.9.85 to 5.6.87; Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 17.8.89 to 19.2.90.

Joint Statutory: National Crime Authority from 28.2.85 to 8.10.85 and from 1.6.89 to 19.2.90.

Joint Select: Parliamentary Privilege from 5.5.82 (Chairman from 18.5.82) to 3.10.84.

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

Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 16.3.83 to 14.12.84 and from 9.9.85 to 12.5.89. Spokesman on Aviation and on Defence Support from 16.3.83 to 14.12.84; Shadow Attorney-General from 9.9.85 to 14.8.87; on Status of Women from 21.4.87 to 14.8.87; on Foreign Affairs from 14.8.87 to 12.5.89.

Opposition Leader of the House from 29.4.87 to 14.8.87.

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.


Born 2.12.35 at Sydney, NSW.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

BA (Yale).

Practising barrister.

Appointed Queen's Counsel 1974.

Military Service

Major, Australian Army Reserve.


Description: Metropolitan - residential suburban.

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 (approx.).

Electors enrolled: 71 647 (at 11.7.87).

Industries: Commercial activities and various service industries.

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