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COLSTON, Malcolm (Mal) ArthurBiography for COLSTON, Malcolm (Mal) Arthur

Senator for Queensland

Independent



Parliamentary Service

Elected to the Senate for Queensland 1975. Re-elected 1977, 1983, 1987 and 1993. Retired with the expiration of term 1999.


Parliamentary Appointments

Member of the Australian National University Council from 18.7.1986 to 31.12.1991.

Member of the Parliamentary Retiring Allowances Trust from 22.9.1987 to 26.3.1997.

Member of the Australian National University Council from 11.3.1992 to 10.3.1996.

Member of the Australian National University Council from 17.7.1996 to 14.3.1997.


Parliamentary Positions

Temporary Chair of Committees from 22.8.1978 to 21.8.1990.

Acting President of the Senate from 8.11.1985.

Deputy President from 21.8.1990 to 16.8.1993.

Chair of Committees from 21.8.1990 to 16.8.1993.

Acting President of the Senate from 13.9.1990 to 25.9.1990.

Acting President of the Senate from 15.3.1991 to 5.4.1991.

Acting President of the Senate from 18.7.1991 to 21.7.1991.

Acting President of the Senate from 26.7.1991 to 2.8.1991.

Acting President of the Senate from 17.10.1991 to 6.11.1991.

Acting President of the Senate from 3.1.1992 to 24.1.1992.

Acting President of the Senate from 7.3.1992 to 13.3.1992.

Acting President of the Senate from 13.4.1992 to 2.5.1992.

Acting President of the Senate from 17.9.1992 to 17.9.1992.

Acting President of the Senate from 3.10.1992 to 10.10.1992.

Acting President of the Senate from 20.10.1992 to 4.11.1992.

Acting President of the Senate from 12.1.1993 to 16.1.1993.

Acting President of the Senate from 17.4.1993 to 30.4.1993.

Acting President of the Senate from 25.7.1993 to 4.8.1993.

Temporary Chair of Committees from 18.8.1993 to 20.8.1996.

Deputy President from 20.8.1996 to 6.5.1997.

Chairman of Committees from 20.8.1996 to 6.5.1997.

Acting President of the Senate from 20.9.1996 to 6.10.1996.

Acting President of the Senate from 1.4.1997 to 6.5.1997.


Committee Service

Senate Standing: Library from 19.5.1976 to 14.4.1986; Regulations and Ordinances from 4.12.1980 to 27.8.1981; Disputed Returns and Qualifications from 4.5.1983 to 5.6.1987; Publications from 4.5.1983 to 11.9.1985; Procedure from 11.5.1990 to 17.8.1993; Appropriations and Staffing from 11.5.1990 to 29.4.1996; House from 11.5.1990 to 1.12.1994; Regulations and Ordinances from 11.5.1990 to 29.4.1996 (Chair from 14.5.1990 to 18.10.1990); Regulations and Ordinances from 11.5.1990 to 29.4.1996 (Chair from 30.9.1993 to 29.4.1996); Scrutiny of Bills from 17.8.1993 to 29.4.1996 (Chair from 18.8.1993 to 10.10.1994); Senators' Interests from 24.3.1994 to 29.4.1996 (Chair from 24.3.1994 to 8.11.1994); Senators' Interests from 2.5.1996 to 8.5.1996; House from 2.5.1996 to 6.5.1997 (Chair from 20.8.1996 to 6.5.1997); Regulations and Ordinances from 23.5.1996 to 9.11.1998; Publications from 27.6.1996 to 12.3.1998; Procedure from 20.8.1996 to 6.5.1997 (Chair from 20.8.1996 to 6.5.1997).

Senate Select: Education of Gifted and Talented Children from 22.9.1987 to 18.5.1988 (Chair from 22.9.1987 to 18.5.1988); Legislation Procedures from 31.8.1988 to 1.12.1988 (Chair from 31.8.1988 to 1.12.1988); Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals in Australia from 3.11.1988 to 31.7.1990 (Chair from 30.11.1988 to 31.7.1990).

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Science and the Environment from 5.5.1976 to 17.8.1978; Education and the Arts from 17.8.1978 to 27.8.1981; Education and the Arts from 21.4.1983 to 5.6.1987 (Chair from 22.4.1983 to 5.6.1987); Transport, Communications and Infrastructure from 1.12.1988 to 11.5.1990; Environment, Recreation and the Arts from 11.5.1990 to 24.8.1990 (Chair from 1.7.1990 to 24.8.1990); Environment, Recreation, Communications and the Arts: References from 7.2.1995 to 29.4.1996; Environment, Recreation, Communications and the Arts: Legislation from 31.5.1995 to 29.4.1996; Employment, Education and Training: References from 2.5.1996 to 17.10.1996; Community Affairs: References from 8.5.1996 to 10.9.1996 (Chair from 9.5.1996 to 10.9.1996); Environment, Recreation, Communications and the Arts: References from 20.6.1996 to 9.11.1998; Environment, Recreation, Communications and the Arts: Legislation from 29.10.1996 to 9.11.1998; Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts: Legislation from 24.11.1998 to 30.6.1999; Employment, Workplace Relations, Small Business and Education: Legislation from 24.11.1998 to 30.6.1999; Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts: References from 24.11.1998 to 30.6.1999; Employment, Workplace Relations, Small Business and Education: References from 24.11.1998 to 30.6.1999.

Senate Estimates: D from 29.4.1976 to 26.8.1976; C from 26.8.1976 to 16.3.1978; B from 16.3.1978 to 20.9.1978; A from 20.12.1978 to 2.4.1981; G from 2.4.1981 to 26.8.1981; B from 26.8.1981 to 4.2.1983; D from 4.5.1983 to 16.4.1985 (Chair from 12.5.1983 to 16.4.1985); E from 16.4.1985 to 22.8.1985 (Chair from 18.4.1985 to 22.8.1985); D from 22.8.1985 to 20.3.1986 (Chair from 12.9.1985 to 20.3.1986); D from 24.9.1987 to 29.9.1988 (Chair from 8.10.1987 to 29.9.1988); F from 29.9.1988 to 8.5.1990 (Chair from 29.9.1988 to 8.5.1990); E from 9.5.1990 to 24.8.1990 (Chair from 11.5.1990 to 24.8.1990); D from 1.7.1993 to 7.11.1993; D from 14.11.1993 to 8.2.1994; F from 8.2.1994 to 10.10.1994 (Chair from 10.2.1994 to 10.10.1994).

Joint Statutory: Public Accounts from 4.3.1976 to 17.8.1978; Public Accounts from 27.5.1993 to 23.6.1993.

Joint Standing: National Capital (formerly Australian Capital Territory) from 22.8.1978 to 19.9.1980; New Parliament House from 1.7.1981 to 19.2.1990; National Capital (formerly Australian Capital Territory) from 9.9.1981 to 4.2.1983; Parliamentary Zone from 12.11.1991 to 8.2.1993; National Capital and External Territories from 27.5.1993 to 17.8.1993; National Capital and External Territories from 19.8.1993 to 29.1.1996; National Capital and External Territories from 31.5.1996 to 27.5.1997.


Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Member, 23rd CPA Conference, Canada, September 1977.

Member, Parliamentary Delegations to Japan, July 1978.

Member, Parliamentary Delegations to North America and Mexico, July 1980.

Overseas study visits to Fiji, November 1980.

Overseas study visits to New Zealand, December 1979-January 1980.

Overseas study visits to United Kingdom, July 1980.

Overseas study visits to USA, July 1982.

Overseas study visits to United Kingdom, June 1984.

Overseas study visits to Belgium, July 1984.

Overseas study visits to Denmark, June 1984.

Overseas study visits to France, July 1984.

Overseas study visits to Germany, June 1984.

Member, 7th Australasian and Pacific Regional Parliamentary Seminar, Canberra and Tonga, October 1984.

Overseas study visits to Singapore, July 1984.

Leader, IPU 10+ Meeting, Madrid, Spain, March 1985.

73rd IPU Conference, Lome, Togo, March 1985.

74th IPU Conference, Ottawa, Canada, September 1985.

Overseas study visits to United Kingdom, September 1985.

Overseas study visits to USA, August 1985.

Overseas study visits to USA, June 1986.

75th IPU Conference, Mexico City, Mexico, April 1986.

76th IPU Conference, Buenos Aires, Argentina, October 1986.

IPU 12+ Meeting, West Berlin, Federal Republic of Germany, April 1987.

77th IPU Conference, Managua, Nicaragua, April-May 1987.

Leader, Observer Delegation, 9th General Assembly AIPO, Kuala Lumpur, January 1988.

Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to the Middle East, June 1988.

Overseas study visits to Thailand, June-July 1988.

Member, 20th Regional Conference of Presiding Officers and Clerks, Western Samoa, June 1989.

Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to South Pacific, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji and Western Samoa, July-August 1989.

Overseas study visits to Tahiti, January-February 1990.

Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to Turkey, April-May 1990.

Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to the UK and Austria, June-July 1991.

Overseas study visits to Ireland, June 1991.

Member, 22nd Regional Conference of Presiding Officers and Clerks, Solomon Islands, July 1991.

Overseas study visits to Singapore, July 1991.

Member, 23rd Regional Conference of Presiding Officers and Clerks, Adelaide, June 1992.

Overseas study visits to Thailand, November 1992.

Overseas study visits to New Zealand, February 1992.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to 13th General Assembly of AIPO, Jakarta, Indonesia, and bilateral visits to Thailand and Papua New Guinea, from September-October 1992.

Overseas study visits to Japan, December 1993.

89th IPU Conference, New Delhi, India, April 1993.

Overseas study visits to Thailand, April 1993.

Overseas study visits to Thailand, July 1994.

Overseas study visits to Thailand, January 1995.

Overseas study visits to Thailand, April 1995.

Overseas study visits to United Kingdom, April (Jersey and Guernsey) 1995.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to USA and Canada, March-April 1995.


Party Positions

Delegate to the Australian Labor Party Central Executive (Qld.) from 1971 to 1977.

Delegate of the Federal Parliamentary Australian Labor Party to the ALP Central Executive (Qld.), 1978.

Delegate of the Federal Parliamentary Australian Labor Party to the State Council (Qld.) from 1983 to 1996.


Personal

Born 5.4.1938, Brisbane, Australia

Died 23.8.2003

Married


Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

AEd ().

MAPS (Australian Psychological Society).

BA ().

BEd(Hons) (University of Queensland).

PhD (University of Queensland).

Teacher.

Research officer.

Psychological consultant.


Decorations

Queen's Silver Jubilee Medal, 1978.

National Medal, 26.07.1979.

Reserve Force Medal, 1985.


Military Service

Member of the Army reserve from 1964 to 1979.

Army reserve full-time duty, New Guinea from 1966 to 1967.

Rank of Major, from 1970 to 1979.

Granted military title of Major, 1993.