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CROWLEY, the Hon. Rosemary AnneBiography for CROWLEY, the Hon. Rosemary Anne

Senator for (SA)

Australian Labor Party

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the Senate for South Australia 1983. Re-elected 1984, 1987, 1990 and 1996. Retired with the expiration of term 2002.

Parliamentary Positions

Temporary Chair of Committees from 23.8.90 to 5.5.93

Temporary Chair of Committees from 12.9.96 to 30.6.02

Ministerial Appointments

Minister for Family Services from 24.3.1993 to 11.3.1996.

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women from 24.3.1993 to 23.12.1993.

Committee Service

Senate Standing: Scrutiny of Bills from 22.4.1983 to 18.5.1993 (Chair from 25.2.1987 to 5.6.1987); House from 22.4.1983 to 21.2.1985; Constitutional and Legal Affairs from 17.11.1983 to 1.5.1984; Library from 4.9.1997 to 30.6.2002.

Senate Select: Private Hospitals and Nursing Homes from 11.5.1983 to 5.6.1987; Conduct of a Judge from 30.3.1984 to 24.8.1984; Human Embryo Experimentation Bill 1985 from 28.11.1985 to 8.10.1986; Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals in Australia from 3.11.1988 to 31.7.1990; Health Legislation and Health Insurance from 16.6.1989 to 20.12.1990 (Chair from 16.6.1989 to 20.12.1990); Functions, Powers and Operation of the Australian Loan Council from 10.10.1992 to 19.5.1993.

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Social Welfare from 21.4.1983 to 5.6.1987; Community Affairs from 24.9.1987 to 8.5.1990; Environment, Recreation and the Arts from 11.5.1990 to 18.5.1993 (Chair from 11.5.1990 to 18.5.1993); Industry, Science and Technology from 11.5.1990 to 16.6.1992; Industry, Science and Technology from 23.6.1992 to 18.5.1993; Employment, Education and Training: Legislation from 2.5.1996 to 4.9.1997; Employment, Education and Training: References from 2.5.1996 to 9.11.1998 (Chair from 2.5.1996 to 9.11.1998); Community Affairs: Legislation from 11.9.1996 to 30.6.2002 (Participating member from 11.9.1996 to 30.6.2002); Community Affairs: References from 24.11.1998 to 31.8.2001 (Chair from 25.11.1998 to 31.8.2001); Employment, Workplace Relations, Small Business and Education: References from 31.3.1999 to 11.2.2002 (Participating member from 31.3.1999 to 11.2.2002); Employment, Workplace Relations, Small Business and Education: Legislation from 19.4.1999 to 11.2.2002 (Participating member from 19.4.1999 to 11.2.2002); Community Affairs: References from 31.8.2001 to 11.2.2002 (Participating member from 31.8.2001 to 11.2.2002); Community Affairs: References from 13.2.2002 to 30.6.2002 (Chair from 14.2.2002 to 30.6.2002); Employment, Workplace Relations and Education: References from 14.2.2002 to 30.6.2002 (Participating member from 14.2.2002 to 30.6.2002).

Senate Estimates: B from 4.5.1983 to 24.3.1987; F from 24.3.1987 to 5.6.1987; C from 24.9.1987 to 21.9.1990 (Chair from 6.10.1987 to 21.9.1990); C from 10.10.1990 to 6.5.1993.

Joint Statutory: National Crime Authority from 11.10.1984 to 5.6.1987; Public Accounts from 29.5.1996 to 26.6.1997; Public Accounts from 18.11.1997 to 1.1.1998; Public Accounts and Audit from 1.1.1998 to 10.12.1998; Public Accounts and Audit from 12.10.2000 to 28.6.2001; Public Accounts and Audit from 14.2.2002 to 30.6.2002.

Joint Select: Certain Aspects of the Operation and Interpretation of the Family Law Act from 17.4.1991 to 18.5.1993.

Conferences Delegations and Visits

Member, Australian Government Delegation to UN World Conference for the End of the Decade for Women, Nairobi, July 1985

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the Middle East, June 1988

Member, 81st IPU Conference, Budapest, Hungary, March 1989

Commonwealth Conference on Delegated Legislation, London 1989

Member, Delegation of Federal Women Parliamentarians to USSR, September 1990

Southern African Development Co-ordination Conference, January-February 1992

Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to Argentina and Brazil, June-July 1992

Official visits to New Zealand, August 1993

Official visits to Indonesia, June 1994

Official visits to US and Canada, October 1994

Official visits to South Africa, December 1995

Member, 97th IPU Conference, Seoul, and bilateral visit to Japan, April 1997

Study tour, USA and Canada, July-August 2000

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

Parliamentary Adviser, United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), New York, September-December 2001

Party Positions

President and Junior Vice-President, Mitcham Branch 1974-75

Delegate, ALP State Council (SA) 1979

Member, Steering Committee, Women's Policy Committee since inception 1979-83

Member, ALP State Executive (SA) 1980-81

Member, ALP State Executive (SA) 1981-82

Convenor, SA Health Platform Committee 1981-83

Convenor, SA Affirmative Action 1981-82

Member, ALP National Health Platform Committee 1981-82

President, ALP Unley Branch 1982-83


Born 30.7.1938, Melbourne, Australia

Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

M.B.B.S (Melb)

Medical practitioner - parent education counsellor, Clovelly Park Community Health Centre

Tutor, Flinders Medical Centre, SA

Lecturer, Child Birth, Mother and Babies Health Association (now CAFHS) 1973-83

Foundation Member, SA Mental Health Review Tribunal 1979-83