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RAY, the Hon. Robert FrancisBiography for RAY, the Hon. Robert Francis

Senator for (Vic)

Australian Labor Party

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the Senate for Victoria 1980. Re-elected 1983, 1984, 1987, 1990, 1996 and 2001. Resigned 5.5.2008.

Parliamentary Appointments

Parliamentary Representative, 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 24.7.1987 to 2.9.1988.

Minister Assisting the Minister for Transport and Communications from 19.1.1988 to 2.9.1988.

Minister for Immigration, Local Government and Ethnic Affairs from 2.9.1988 to 4.4.1990.

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Multicultural Affairs from 2.9.1988 to 4.4.1990.

Cabinet Minister from 2.9.1988 to 11.3.1996.

Minister for Defence from 4.4.1990 to 11.3.1996.

Committee Service

Senate Standing: Standing Orders from 25.8.1981 to 5.6.1987; Privileges from 25.8.1981 to 5.6.1987; Disputed Returns and Qualifications from 4.5.1983 to 5.6.1987; Library from 11.9.1985 to 5.6.1987; Procedure from 9.10.1987 to 7.9.2005; Privileges from 2.5.1996 to 7.9.2005 (Chair from 9.5.1996 to 7.9.2005); Appropriations and Staffing from 2.5.1996 to 5.5.2008; Scrutiny of Bills from 18.11.2004 to 5.5.2008; Privileges from 11.12.2005 to 5.5.2008; Procedure from 11.12.2005 to 5.5.2008.

Senate Select: Television Equalisation from 5.12.1986 to 23.3.1987; Victorian Casino Inquiry from 20.5.1996 to 5.12.1996; Scrafton Evidence from 30.8.2004 to 15.11.2004.

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Education and the Arts from 9.9.1981 to 4.2.1983; Finance and Government Operations from 21.4.1983 to 21.2.1985; Environment, Recreation, Communications and the Arts: References from 2.5.1996 to 4.12.1996; Finance and Public Administration: Legislation from 9.10.1996 to 11.2.2002.

Senate Estimates: C from 26.8.1981 to 4.2.1983; A from 4.5.1983 to 23.9.1985 (Chair from 10.5.1983 to 10.9.1985); A from 12.3.1986 to 5.6.1987.

Joint Statutory: Australian Security Intelligence Organization from 31.5.1996 to 11.2.2002; ASIO, ASIS and DSD from 14.2.2002 to 2.12.2005; Intelligence and Security from 2.12.2005 to 5.5.2008.

Joint Standing: Electoral Matters from 14.2.2002 to 31.8.2004.

Joint Select: Electoral Reform from 12.5.1983 to 5.6.1987 (Chair from 22.3.1985 to 5.6.1987); Intelligence Services from 28.6.2001 to 27.8.2001.

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

Official visits to USA, Canada and Hong Kong, January-February 1989

Official visits to Europe, June 1989

Official visits to USA, October 1990

Official visits to Middle East, November 1990

Official visits to New Zealand, April 1991

Official visits to Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea, April-May 1991

Official visits to Papua New Guinea, August 1991

Official visits to Italy, France, Germany, UK and Hong Kong, October-November 1991

Official visits to Malaysia, November 1991

Official visits to Papua New Guinea, February 1992

Official visits to Japan, USA and Fiji, September-October 1992

Official visits to Egypt, October 1992

Official visits to New Zealand, July 1993

Official visits to Papua New Guinea and Malaysia, December 1993

Official visits to Indonesia, July-August 1994

Official visits to Malaysia and Singapore, September 1994

Official visits to Philippines, October 1994

Official visits to Italy, France, USA and Israel, April-May 1995

Official visits to New Zealand, July 1995

Official visits to Hawaii, September 1995

Official visits to 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 24.7.1987 to 2.9.1988.

Manager of Government Business in the Senate from 2.9.1988 to 4.6.1991.

Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate from 24.3.1993 to 11.3.1996.

Party Positions

Delegate, ALP State Conference (Vic) 1970-96

Delegate, ALP National Conferences 1982

Delegate, ALP National Executive 1983-98

Delegate, ALP National Conferences 1984

Delegate, ALP National Conferences 1986

Delegate, ALP National Conferences 1988

Delegate, ALP National Conferences 1990

Delegate, ALP National Conferences 1994


Born 8.4.1947, Melbourne, Australia


Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

B.A (Hons) (Monash)

Dip.Ed (Monash)

School teacher