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COLLINS, the Hon. Robert (Bob) LindsayBiography for COLLINS, the Hon. Robert (Bob) Lindsay

Senator for the Northern Territory

Australian Labor Party

Parliamentary Service

Northern Territory: Elected to the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly 1977-87.

Federal: Elected to the Senate for the Northern Territory 1987, 1990, 1993 and 1996 (Territory Senators serve for the same term as the House of Representatives). Resigned 30.3.98.

Parliamentary Appointments

Parliamentary Representative on the Council of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies from 20.10.87 to 5.3.90.

Member, Parliamentary Retiring Allowances Trust from 26.8.97 to 30.3.98.

Ministerial Appointments

Minister for Shipping from 4.4.90 to 7.5.90.

Minister for Shipping and Aviation Support from 7.5.90 to 27.12.91.

Minister for Shipping and Aviation from 27.12.91 to 27.5.92.

Minister for Transport and Communications from 27.5.92 to 23.12.93.

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Northern Australia from 4.4.90 to 27.5.92.

Minister for Primary Industries and Energy from 23.12.93 to 11.3.96.

Committee Service

Senate Standing: Appropriations and Staffing from 24.9.87 to 8.5.90; Regulations and Ordinances from 24.9.87 (Chair from 8.10.87) to 8.5.90; House from 4.9.97 to 30.3.98; Privileges from 4.9.97 to 3.3.98.

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Transport, Communications and Infrastructure from 24.9.87 to 1.12.88; Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 24.2.88 to 8.5.90; Environment, Recreation, Communications and the Arts from 21.4.88 to 8.5.90; Full member, Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: Legislation Committee from 2.5.96 to 27.5.97 and References Committee from 2.5.96 to 29.5.97 and from 4.9.97 to 30.3.98; Participating member, Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: Legislation Committee from 27.5.97 to 30.3.98; Participating member, Economics: Legislation Committee from 16.9.96 to 30.3.98.

Senate Select: Administration of Aboriginal Affairs from 2.6.88 to 28.2.89; Legislation Procedures from 31.8.88 to 1.12.88; Certain Aspects of the Airline Pilots' Dispute from 25.10.89 to 27.2.90; Victorian Casino Inquiry from 20.5.96 to 5.12.96.

Senate Estimates: C from 24.9.87 to 8.5.90; B on 11.10.89.

Joint Standing: National Capital and External Territories from 5.3.97 to 30.3.98.

Joint Select: Video Material from 26.10.87 to 28.4.88; Migration Regulations from 14.6.89 to 19.2.90.

Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Official visits to New Zealand, June 1991 and April 1992; China, July 1994; USA, June 1995.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Territory: Leader of the Labor Party, Northern Territory Legislative Assembly 1981-86.

Leader of the Opposition, Northern Territory Legislative Assembly 1981-86.

Federal: Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 19.3.96 to 26.8.97. Shadow Minister for Primary Industries, Northern Australia and Territories from 20.3.96 to 27.3.97; Shadow Minister for Northern Australia and Territories from 27.3.97 to 26.8.97.

Party Positions

ALP President (NT) 1992-93.


Born 8.2.46 at Newcastle, NSW.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

Extension Officer, NT Dept of Agriculture 1965-70.

Market gardener 1970-73.

Technical officer, Division of Wildlife Research, CSIRO 1974-77.

Member, Legislative Assembly, Northern Territory (see Parliamentary Service above).