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WILLESEE, the Hon. Donald RobertBiography for WILLESEE, the Hon. Donald Robert

Senator for Western Australia

Australian Labor Party



Parliamentary Service

Elected to the Senate for Western Australia 1949. Re-elected 1951, 1955, 1961, 1967 and 1974. Retired prior to general elections 1975.


Ministerial Appointments

Special Minister of State from 19.12.1972 to 30.11.1973.

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister from 19.12.1972 to 30.11.1973.

Minister Assisting the Minister for Foreign Affairs from 19.12.1972 to 6.11.1973.

Vice-President of the Executive Council from 19.12.1972 to 30.11.1973.

Cabinet Minister from 19.12.1972 to 11.11.1975.

Minister for Foreign Affairs from 6.11.1973 to 11.11.1975.


Committee Service

Senate Standing: Regulations and Ordinances from 29.5.1952 to 31.8.1966; Privileges from 25.11.1969 to 26.2.1973.

Joint Standing: Foreign Affairs from 19.5.1967 to 26.9.1969.


Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Member, Australian Delegation to the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Conference, Ottawa, September 1952.

Member, Australian Delegation to Japan, 1958.

Member, Commonwealth Parliamentary Delegation to the first meeting of the Papua and New Guinea Legislative Council in its new chambers, October 1960.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to East Asia, June 1965.

Member, Australian Parliamentary Mission to Canada, June 1969.

Officially represented the Australian Government at the 5th Anniversary Independence Celebrations of the Republic of Nauru, January 1973.

Attended ECAFE Conference, Tokyo, April 1973.

Attended South Pacific Forum, Apia, Western Samoa, April 1973.

Official visits as Minister of State to Nigeria, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia, Europe and the United States, from June 1973 to July 1973.

Attended SEATO Council meeting, New York, September 1973.

Leader, Australian Delegation to the South Pacific Conference, Guam, September 1973.

Leader, Australian Delegation to the United Nations General Assembly, October 1973.

Leader, Australian Delegation to MEDSEA, October 1973.

Attended meeting of DAC, October 1973.


Parliamentary Party Positions

Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate from 27.2.1973 to 11.11.1975.

Leader of the Opposition in the Senate from 17.8.1966 to 8.2.1967.

Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate from 12.11.1969 to 5.12.1972.


Party Positions

Member of the Australian Labor Party State Executive (WA) from 1946 to 1955.

Vice-President of the Australian Labor Party Metropolitan Council (WA) from 1946 to 1949.


Personal

Born 14.4.1916, Derby, Australia

Died 9.9.2003, Perth

Married


Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

Various positions, Postmaster-General's Department.

Secretary, Western Australian branch of the Telegraphists' and Postal Clerks' Union from 1942 to 1944.

President, Western Australian branch of the Telegraphists' and Postal Clerks' Union from 1945 to 1947.