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RAY, Robert FrancisBiography for RAY, Robert Francis

Senator for Victoria 1981-2008

Australian Labor Party



Parliamentary service

Elected to the Senate for Victoria 1980 (term began 1.7.1981), 1983, 1984, 1987, 1990, 1996 and 2001. Resigned 5.5.2008.


Parliamentary appointments

Parliamentary Representative on the Australian Council for Union Training 1983-85.

Member, Parliamentary Retiring Allowances Trust from 18.2.87 to 22.9.87.


Ministerial appointments

Minister for Home Affairs from 24.7.87 to 2.9.88.

Minister Assisting the Minister for Transport and Communications from 19.1.88 to 2.9.88.

Minister for Immigration, Local Government and Ethnic Affairs from 2.9.88 to 4.4.90.

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Multicultural Affairs from 2.9.88 to 4.4.90.

Minister for Defence from 4.4.90 to 11.3.96.


Committee service

Senate Standing: Privileges from 25.8.81 to 5.6.87, from 2.5.96 (Chair from 9.5.96) to 7.9.05 and from 11.12.05 to 5.5.08; Standing Orders from 25.8.81 to 5.6.87; Disputed Returns and Qualifications from 4.5.83 to 5.6.87; Library from 11.9.85 to 5.6.87; Procedure from 9.10.87 to 7.9.05 and from 11.12.05 to 5.5.08; Appropriations and Staffing from 2.5.96 to 5.5.08; Scrutiny of Bills from 18.11.04 to 5.5.08.

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Education and the Arts from 9.9.81 to 4.2.83; Finance and Government Operations from 21.4.83 to 21.2.85; Environment, Recreation, Communications and the Arts: References Committee from 2.5.96 to 4.12.96; Finance and Public Administration: Legislation Committee from 9.10.96 to 11.2.02.

Senate Select: Television Equalisation from 5.12.86 to 23.3.87; Victorian Casino Inquiry from 20.5.96 to 5.12.96; Scrafton Evidence from 30.8.04 to 15.11.04.

Senate Estimates: C from 26.8.81 to 4.2.83; A from 4.5.83 (Chair from 10.5.83 to 10.9.85) to 23.9.85 and from 12.3.86 to 5.6.87.

Joint Statutory: Australian Security Intelligence Organization from 31.5.96 to 11.2.02; ASIO, ASIS and DSD from 14.2.02 to 2.12.05; Intelligence and Security from 2.12.05 to 5.5.08.

Joint Standing: Electoral Matters from 14.2.02 to 31.8.04.

Joint Select: Electoral Reform from 12.5.83 (Chair from 22.3.85) to 5.6.87; Intelligence Services from 28.6.01 to 27.8.01.


Conferences, delegations and visits

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the European Parliamentary Institutions, Strasbourg and Berlin, September-October 1985.

Observer, US Congressional Elections, Washington DC, October-November 1986.

Official visits to New Zealand, March 1988; USA, Canada and Hong Kong, January- February 1989; Europe, June 1989; USA, October 1990; Middle East, November 1990; New Zealand, April 1991; Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea, April-May 1991; Papua New Guinea, August 1991; Italy, France, Germany, UK and Hong Kong, October-November 1991; Malaysia, November 1991; Papua New Guinea, February 1992; Japan, USA and Fiji, September-October 1992; Egypt, October 1992; New Zealand, July 1993; Papua New Guinea and Malaysia, December 1993; Indonesia, July-August 1994; Malaysia and Singapore, September 1994; Philippines, October 1994; Italy, France, USA and Israel, April-May 1995; New Zealand, July 1995; Hawaii, September 1995; Indonesia, December 1995.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to France and Belgium, June-July 1997.

Parliamentary Adviser, United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), New York, September-December 1999.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, September-October 2003.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, December 2003.

Parliamentary Adviser, United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), New York, September-December 2005.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to South Africa, September-October 2006.


Parliamentary party positions

Deputy Manager of Government Business in the Senate from 24.7.87 to 2.9.88.

Manager of Government Business in the Senate from 2.9.88 to 4.6.91.

Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate from 24.3.93 to 11.3.96.


Party positions

Delegate, ALP State Conference (Vic) 1970-96.

Delegate, ALP National Conferences 1982, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990 and 1994.

Delegate, ALP National Executive 1983-98.


Personal

Born 8.4.1947, Melbourne, Vic.

Married.


Qualifications and occupation before entering federal Parliament

BA (Hons), DipEd (Monash).

School teacher.