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BISHOP, the Hon. ReginaldBiography for BISHOP, the Hon. Reginald

Senator for South Australia

Australian Labor Party

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the Senate for South Australia 1961. Re-elected 1967, 1974 and 1975. Retired with the expiration of term 1981.

Acting Ministries

Acting Minister for Labour from 26.5.1973 to 7.7.1973.

Ministerial Appointments

Minister for Repatriation from 19.12.1972 to 12.6.1974.

Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence from 19.12.1972 to 12.6.1974.

Cabinet Minister from 19.12.1972 to 11.11.1975.

Postmaster-General from 12.6.1974 to 11.11.1975.

Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence from 6.6.1975 to 11.11.1975.

Committee Service

Senate Standing: Library from 4.3.1964 to 26.2.1973; Regulations and Ordinances from 26.8.1965 to 25.11.1969.

Senate Select: Container Method of Handling Cargoes from 20.4.1967 to 11.6.1968.

Senate Estimates: C from 16.9.1970 to 2.11.1972; D from 16.9.1970 to 2.11.1972; F from 26.8.1976 to 10.11.1977; E from 16.3.1978 to 1.4.1980; A from 2.4.1981 to 30.6.1981.

Joint Standing: Foreign Affairs from 15.4.1970 to 2.11.1972; Foreign Affairs and Defence from 25.3.1976 to 30.6.1981.

Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Member, Parliamentary Delegations to South-East Asia, June-July 1964.

Member, CPA Conference, Kingston, 1964.

Member, Australian Parliamentary Mission to Europe and the United Kingdom, June-July 1968.

Member, Parliamentary Delegations to South-East Asia, June-July 1970.

Member, CPA Conference, Kuala Lumpur, September 1971.

Observer, South Pacific Commission, Apia, Western Samoa, September 1972.

Official visits to Indonesia, April 1973.

Leader, Parliamentary Delegations, South-East Asia, January 1974.

Member, Parliamentary Delegations, USA, June-July 1976.

Member, 22nd CPA Conference, Canada, June-July 1976.

Member, Parliamentary Delegations, Middle East, July 1977.

Member, Parliamentary Delegations, East Europe, July 1978.

Member, Parliamentary Delegations, South-East Asia, July 1979.

Member, 26th CPA Conference, Lusaka, September-October 1980.

Other Positions

Member of the Australian Council of Trade Unions Executive from 1956 to 1962.

Member of the H.R.H. Duke of Edinburgh Study Conference, United Kingdom, 1956.

Member of the South Australian Workmens' Compensation Advisory Committee from 1957 to 1961.

Member of the Second Australian Council of Trade Unions Delegation to China, 1958.

Adviser to the International Labour Organisation conference, Geneva, 1960.


Born 4.2.1913, Adelaide, Australia

Died 3.7.1999, Adelaide


Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

Official, South Australian Branch, Australian Railways Union, 1937-56.

Secretary, South Australian Trades and Labour Council, 1956-62.

Commissioner, South Australian Board of Industry, 1956-62.

Military Service

Enlisted in RAAF, Served in Darwin and Borneo from 23.02.1943 to 04.01.1946, when discharged.