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BISHOP, the Hon. Bronwyn Kathleen, AOBiography for BISHOP, the Hon. Bronwyn Kathleen, AO

Member for Mackellar (NSW)

Liberal Party of Australia

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the Senate for New South Wales 1987. Re-elected 1990. Resigned 24.2.1994 to contest the House of Representatives division of Mackellar, New South Wales. Elected to the House of Representatives for Mackellar, New South Wales at by-election 1994, vice the Hon. J Carlton (resigned). Re-elected 1996, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2010 and 2013. Retired prior to general elections 2016.

Parliamentary Positions

Member of the Speaker's Panel from 16.11.2004 to 17.10.2007.

Speaker of the House of Representatives from 12.11.2013 to 2.8.2015.

Ministerial Appointments

Minister for Defence Industry, Science and Personnel from 11.3.1996 to 21.10.1998.

Minister for Aged Care from 21.10.1998 to 26.11.2001.

Committee Service

Senate Standing: Scrutiny of Delegated Legislation (formerly Regulations and Ordinances) from 24.9.1987 to 18.8.1993.

Senate Select: Functions, Powers and Operation of the Australian Loan Council from 5.11.1992 to 14.12.1993.

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 11.5.1990 to 18.8.1993.

Senate Estimates: A from 24.9.1987 to 3.5.1993; E from 6.9.1989 to 28.9.1989 (Substitute member from 6.9.1989 to 28.9.1989); B from 9.5.1990 to 24.8.1990 (Substitute member from 9.5.1990 to 24.8.1990); F from 10.9.1991 to 11.9.1991; B from 5.3.1992 to 8.2.1993 (Substitute member from 5.3.1992 to 8.2.1993); D from 6.5.1993 to 24.2.1994.

Joint Statutory: Public Accounts from 7.10.1987 to 24.2.1994; Corporations and Securities from 27.2.1995 to 29.1.1996; Public Accounts and Audit from 16.8.2005 to 17.10.2007; Public Accounts and Audit from 25.9.2008 to 19.7.2010; Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings (formerly Broadcasting) from 12.11.2013 to 2.8.2015 (Chair from 4.12.2013 to 10.8.2015).

Joint Standing: Electoral Matters from 25.10.2010 to 5.8.2013; National Capital and External Territories from 20.8.2015 to 9.5.2016.

House of Representatives Standing: Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 20.3.2002 to 31.8.2004 (Chair from 20.3.2002 to 31.8.2004); Privileges from 20.3.2002 to 31.8.2004; Procedure from 20.3.2002 to 17.10.2007; Communications, Information Technology and the Arts from 1.12.2004 to 17.10.2007; Family and Human Services from 1.12.2004 to 17.10.2007 (Chair from 1.12.2004 to 17.10.2007); Industry and Resources from 1.12.2004 to 17.10.2007; Health and Ageing from 3.2.2010 to 19.7.2010; Appropriations and Administration from 12.11.2013 to 2.8.2015 (Chair from 12.11.2013 to 2.8.2015); House from 12.11.2013 to 2.8.2015 (Chair from 4.12.2013 to 10.8.2015); Selection from 4.12.2013 to 2.8.2015 (Chair from 4.12.2013 to 10.8.2015); Communications and the Arts from 13.10.2015 to 9.5.2016 (Chair from 13.10.2015 to 9.5.2016).

Parliamentary Party Positions

Shadow Minister for Public Administration, Federal Affairs and Local Government from 12.5.1989 to 11.4.1990.

Shadow Minister for Urban and Regional Strategy from 17.1.1994 to 26.5.1994.

Shadow Minister for Health from 26.5.1994 to 31.1.1995.

Shadow Minister for Privatisation and Commonwealth/State Relations from 31.1.1995 to 11.3.1996.

Shadow Minister for Veterans' Affairs from 6.12.2007 to 22.9.2008.

Shadow Minister for Seniors from 8.12.2009 to 18.9.2013.

Shadow Special Minister of State from 14.9.2010 to 18.9.2013.

Party Positions

President of the Liberal Party Balmoral Branch from 1973 to 1979.

Vice-President of the Warringah Federal Electorate Council from 1978 to 1980.

President of the Mosman State Electorate Council from 1978 to 1981.

Vice-President of the Liberal Party Women's Group (NSW) from 1978 to 1981.

Member of the Liberal Party State Executive (NSW) from 1980.

Chair of the Liberal Party State Convention (NSW) from 1981 to 1985.

Vice-President of the Liberal Party Metropolitan Branch (NSW) from 1982 to 1985.

Delegate to the Liberal Party Federal Council, 1982.

Delegate to the Liberal Party Federal Council, 1984.

Delegate to the Liberal Party Federal Council, 1985.

President of the Liberal Party State Branch (NSW) from 1985 to 1987.


Born 19.10.1942, Sydney, Australia

Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament


Company director.


Awarded the Centenary Medal, 1.1.2001.

Appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia, 7.6.2020.


Name: Mackellar

Location: northern Sydney; it includes the suburbs of Avalon, Bayview, Belrose, Bilgola, Church Point, Collaroy, Cromer, Davidson, Elanora, Mona Vale, Narrabeen, Newport, Palm Beach, Scotland Island, Terrey Hills, Warriewood and parts of Beacon Hill, Dee Why, Narraweena and Frenchs Forest and Forestville.

Area: 233 Sq km

Electors enrolled: 102,861 (at 7.9.2013)

Industries: light manufacturing, service industries, commercial wholesale and retail trades and tourism.

Includes: Mackellar includes the New South Wales Legislative Assembly electorate of Pittwater, and parts of Davidson and Wakehurst.