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KNOWLES, Susan ChristineBiography for KNOWLES, Susan Christine

Senator for (WA)

Liberal Party of Australia



Parliamentary Service

Elected to the Senate for Western Australia 1984. Re-elected 1987, 1993 and 1998. Retired with the expiration of term 2005.


Parliamentary Positions

Temporary Chairman of Committees from 1.5.96 to 30.6.05


Committee Service

Senate Standing: House from 26.2.1985 to 18.8.1993; Selection of Bills from 18.12.1989 to 12.5.1993; Privileges from 2.5.1996 to 20.8.2003; House from 2.5.1996 to 1.7.2002; Privileges from 22.12.2003 to 30.6.2005.

Senate Select: Community Standards Relevant to the Supply of Services Utilising Electronic Technologies from 22.5.1996 to 26.6.1997; Medicare from 15.5.2003 to 11.2.2004.

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Education and the Arts from 26.2.1985 to 5.6.1987; Community Affairs from 24.9.1987 to 18.8.1993; Community Affairs from 25.8.1994 to 8.10.1994; Community Affairs: References from 10.10.1994 to 30.6.2005; Community Affairs: Legislation from 11.10.1994 to 30.6.2005 (Chair from 4.2.1997 to 30.6.2005); Legal and Constitutional: Legislation from 1.12.1994 to 29.4.1996 (Participating member from 1.12.1994 to 29.4.1996); Environment, Recreation, Communications and the Arts: References from 19.6.1996 to 13.2.1997; Legal and Constitutional: Legislation from 24.8.1999 to 30.6.2005 (Participating member from 24.8.1999 to 30.6.2005); Legal and Constitutional: References from 24.8.1999 to 30.6.2005 (Participating member from 24.8.1999 to 30.6.2005); Economics: Legislation from 24.8.1999 to 30.6.2005 (Participating member from 24.8.1999 to 30.6.2005); Economics: References from 24.8.1999 to 30.6.2005 (Participating member from 24.8.1999 to 30.6.2005); Employment, Workplace Relations, Small Business and Education: Legislation from 24.8.1999 to 11.2.2002 (Participating member from 24.8.1999 to 11.2.2002); Employment, Workplace Relations, Small Business and Education: References from 24.8.1999 to 11.2.2002 (Participating member from 24.8.1999 to 11.2.2002); Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts: Legislation from 24.8.1999 to 30.6.2005 (Participating member from 24.8.1999 to 30.6.2005); Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts: References from 24.8.1999 to 30.6.2005 (Participating member from 24.8.1999 to 30.6.2005); Finance and Public Administration: Legislation from 24.8.1999 to 30.6.2005 (Participating member from 24.8.1999 to 30.6.2005); Finance and Public Administration: References from 24.8.1999 to 30.6.2005 (Participating member from 24.8.1999 to 30.6.2005); Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: Legislation from 24.8.1999 to 30.6.2005 (Participating member from 24.8.1999 to 30.6.2005); Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: References from 24.8.1999 to 30.6.2005 (Participating member from 24.8.1999 to 30.6.2005); Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: Legislation from 24.8.1999 to 30.6.2005 (Participating member from 24.8.1999 to 30.6.2005); Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: References from 24.8.1999 to 30.6.2005 (Participating member from 24.8.1999 to 30.6.2005); Employment, Workplace Relations and Education: Legislation from 11.3.2002 to 30.6.2005 (Participating member from 11.3.2002 to 30.6.2005); Employment, Workplace Relations and Education: References from 11.3.2002 to 30.6.2005 (Participating member from 11.3.2002 to 30.6.2005).

Senate Estimates: F from 6.5.1993 to 8.2.1994; F from 12.5.1994 to 10.10.1994.

Joint Statutory: Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings from 2.6.1994 to 1.7.2002.


Conferences Delegations and Visits

Attended CPA Annual Group Discussion, London and Isle of Man, May 1985

Member, Australian Political Exchange Delegation to Canada, October 1985

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Russia and Ukraine, March-April 1995

Member, 99th IPU Conference, Namibia, and bilateral visits to Zimbabwe, Angola and Mozambique, April 1998

Leader, 100th IPU Conference, Moscow, September 1998

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the Philippines and Japan, May-June 1999

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Singapore, September 2000

Member, Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing Committee on Community Affairs visit to UK and Canada, April 2001

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to South Africa, September 2001

Parliamentary Adviser, United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), New York, September-December 2003


Parliamentary Party Positions

Opposition Deputy Whip in the Senate from 14.9.1987 to 7.4.1993.

Member of the Opposition Shadow Ministry from 7.4.1993 to 26.5.1994.

Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs from 7.4.1993 to 26.5.1994.


Party Positions

Life Member, Young Liberal Movement

State President, Young Liberal Movement (WA) 1977-81

Member, Liberal Party State Executive (WA) 1977-85

Member, Liberal Party State Council (WA) from 1977

State Vice-President (WA) 1981-83

State Campaign Chairman (WA) 1982-85

Senior Vice-President, Liberal Party (WA) 1983-85


Personal

Born 10.4.1951, Brisbane, Australia


Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

Sales/marketing manager