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GIETZELT, the Hon. Arthur ThomasBiography for GIETZELT, the Hon. Arthur Thomas

Senator for (NSW)

Australian Labor Party



Parliamentary Service

Elected to the Senate for New South Wales 1970. Re-elected 1974, 1975, 1977, 1983 and 1987. Resigned 27.2.1989.


Ministerial Appointments

Minister for Veterans' Affairs from 11.3.1983 to 24.7.1987.


Committee Service

Senate Standing: Disputed Returns and Qualifications from 18.7.1974 to 11.11.1975; Standing Orders from 18.7.1974 to 11.11.1975; Library from 4.3.1976 to 19.5.1976; Library from 24.9.1987 to 24.2.1988; Regulations and Ordinances from 24.9.1987 to 24.2.1988.

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Finance and Government Operations from 6.10.1971 to 11.11.1975 (Chair from 3.4.1973 to 11.11.1975); Foreign Affairs and Defence from 15.3.1973 to 25.10.1973; Science and the Environment from 24.3.1976 to 5.5.1976; Trade and Commerce from 17.8.1978 to 3.3.1981; Community Affairs from 24.9.1987 to 27.2.1989.

Senate Estimates: A from 5.10.1971 to 2.11.1972; A from 3.10.1974 to 24.10.1974; G from 3.10.1974 to 11.11.1975; C from 29.4.1976 to 26.8.1976; B from 26.8.1976 to 16.3.1978; F from 20.9.1978 to 1.4.1980; D from 1.4.1980 to 2.4.1981; C from 2.4.1981 to 4.2.1983; B from 24.9.1987 to 27.2.1989 (Chair from 6.10.1987 to 27.2.1989).

Joint Statutory: Public Accounts from 7.10.1987 to 27.2.1989.

Joint Standing: Prices from 2.5.1973 to 11.11.1975; Foreign Affairs and Defence from 10.9.1975 to 11.11.1975.

Joint Select: Parliamentary Committee System from 25.9.1974 to 26.5.1976.


Conferences Delegations and Visits

Member, Commonwealth Parliamentary Delegations to the Australian Constitutional Conventions, Sydney, September 1973

Member, Australian Delegation CPA Conference, United Kingdom, June-July 1974

Alternate Member with Senator D. M. Devitt, Commonwealth Parliamentary Delegations to the Australian Constitutional Conventions, Melbourne, September 1975

Member, Labor Party Delegation to East Timor, March 1975

Member, Labor Party Delegation to East Timor, September 1975

Official visits to Turkey and Europe, April-May 1985

Official visits to New Zealand, April 1986


Parliamentary Party Positions

Member of the Opposition Shadow Ministry from 24.3.1976 to 31.5.1977.

Opposition Spokesman on Agriculture from 24.3.1976 to 31.5.1977.

Opposition Spokesman on Administrative Services from 2.2.1978 to 19.3.1980.

Member of the Opposition Shadow Ministry from 2.2.1978 to 11.3.1983.

Opposition Spokesman on Consumer Affairs from 2.2.1978 to 23.11.1980.

Opposition Spokesman on Home Affairs from 23.11.1980 to 11.3.1983.

Opposition Spokesman on Administrative Services from 23.11.1980 to 11.3.1983.


Party Positions

Chairman, Legal and Constitutional Committee, Federal Parliamentary Labor Party

Member, ALP National (formerly Federal) Executive from 1971

Member, ALP National Rural Committee, 1976-77

Convenor, ALP National Urban Affairs Committee from 1978

Member, National Health and Welfare Platform Committee from 1983

Senior Vice-President from 1983


Personal

Born 28.12.1920, San Francisco, United States of America

Died 5.1.2014

Partner


Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

Family business


Local Government Service

Councillor, Sutherland Shire Council from 1956 to 1971.

President, Sutherland Shire Council from 1961 to 1963.

President, Sutherland Shire Council from 1966 to 1971.


Military Service

Served in RAE and several other units in the CMF and AIF for 5 years, including 2 years overseas experience

Enlisted from 16.06.1941 to 1946, when discharged with rank of Sergeant