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Biography for BJELKE-PETERSEN, Lady (Florence Isabel)

Senator for Queensland 1981-93

National Party of Australia

Parliamentary Service

Chosen by the Parliament of Queensland on 12.3.81 under section 15 of the Constitution to represent that State in the Senate, vice G. Sheil (resigned) (term expired 30.6.81).

Elected 1980 (term began 1.7.81), 1983 and 1987 (term expired 30.6.93).

Parliamentary Positions

Temporary Chair of Committees from 21.8.85 to 5.5.93.

Committee Service

Senate Standing: House from 26.2.85 to 30.6.93; Selection of Bills from 12.5.93 to 30.6.93.

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: National Resources from 1.7.81 to 4.2.83; Social Welfare from 21.4.83 to 5.6.87.

Senate Select: Private Hospitals and Nursing Homes from 25.11.81 to 22.4.85.

Senate Estimates: C from 2.4.81 to 23.9.82; B from 4.5.83 to 21.2.85; D from 24.3.88 to 17.5.88.

Joint Standing: Foreign Affairs and Defence from 23.9.81 to 4.2.83.

Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the European Parliamentary Institutions, Strasbourg and Berlin, September-October 1985.

Member, Fact Finding Visit to Canada, November 1989.

Member, 36th CPA Conference, Harare, Zimbabwe, September 1990.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Canada and USA, May-June 1992.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Deputy Leader, National Party of Australia in the Senate from 20.8.85 to 10.4.90.

National Party Whip in the Senate from 23.3.93 to 30.6.93.

Party Positions

Life Member of the National Party of Australia (Qld).

Public Relations Officer, Barambah Electorate Council 1971-81.


Born 11.8.20 at Brisbane, Qld.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

Home and secretarial duties.

Private Secretary to the Queensland Commissioner for Main Roads.