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ROCHER, Allan CharlesBiography for ROCHER, Allan Charles

Senator for Western Australia 1978-81; Member for Curtin (WA) 1981-98

Independent (formerly Liberal Party of Australia from 1.7.78 to 7.8.95)

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the Senate for Western Australia 1977 (term began 1.7.78).

Resigned 10.2.81.

Elected to the House of Representatives for Curtin, Western Australia, at by-election 21.2.81, vice the Hon. R.V. Garland (resigned).

Re-elected 1983, 1984, 1987, 1990, 1993 and 1996. Defeated at general elections 1998.

Parliamentary Positions

Deputy Chair of Committees from 21.4.83 to 19.2.90.

Second Deputy Speaker from 3.3.94 to 29.1.96.

Committee Service

Senate Standing: Privileges from 19.9.78 to 10.2.81.

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Finance and Government Operations from 4.3.80 to 10.2.81; Disputed Returns and Qualifications from 25.11.80 to 10.2.81.

Senate Estimates: D from 20.9.78 to 1.4.80; E from 1.4.80 to 10.2.81.

House of Representatives Standing: Standing Orders from 11.5.83 to 26.10.84; Procedure from 16.5.90 to 14.9.92; Banking, Finance and Public Administration from 12.5.93 to 5.5.94.

Joint Statutory: Public Accounts from 28.2.85 to 23.9.86.

Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the European Parliamentary Institutions, Strasbourg and France, September-October 1983.

Member, 31st CPA Conference, Saskatchewan, Canada, October 1985.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to USA, January 1988.

Parliamentary Adviser, United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), September-December 1991.

Deputy Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to USA, June-July 1993.

Deputy Leader, Official Parliamentary Delegation to the UK (Anzac Group) and Germany, April 1994.

Parliamentary Delegate to the Australian Constitutional Convention, Canberra, February 1998.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Deputy Government Whip in the Senate from 25.11.80 to 10.2.81.

Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 11.4.90 to 7.4.93. Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition from 11.4.90 to 28.4.92; Senior Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition from 28.4.92 to 7.8.92; Shadow Minister for Defence Science and Personnel from 7.8.92 to 7.4.93.


Born 16.2.36 at Deloraine, Tas.

Died 18.3.2016.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament


Company director.

President, Master Builders' Association of WA.

Commercial arbitrator; registered builder.

Military Service

National Service.



Description: Inner metropolitan.

Location: Western Perth; it includes the suburbs of City Beach, Claremont, Cottesloe, Crawley, Daglish, Dalkeith, Floreat, Glendalough, Graylands, Jolimont, Joondanna, Karrakatta, Leederville, Mosman Park, Mt Claremont, Mt Hawthorn, Nedlands, Peppermint Grove, Shenton Park, Subiaco, Swanbourne and Wembley, and parts of Churchlands, North Perth, Osborne Park, Wembley Downs and West Perth.

Area: 93 sq km (approx.).

Electors enrolled: 72 882 (at 5.2.96).

State electorates: Curtin includes the Western Australian Legislative Assembly electorate of Nedlands, and parts of Cottesloe, Floreat, Glendalough and Perth.