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FIERRAVANTI-WELLS, the Hon. Concetta (Connie) AnnaBiography for FIERRAVANTI-WELLS, the Hon. Concetta (Connie) Anna

Senator for New South Wales

Liberal Party of Australia



Parliamentary Service

Chosen by the Parliament of New South Wales on 5.5.2005 under section 15 of the Constitution to represent that State in the Senate, vice J Tierney (resigned). Elected to the Senate for New South Wales 2004. Re-elected 2010 and 2016.


Parliamentary Positions

Temporary Chair of Committees from 26.6.08 to 19.9.08


Ministerial Appointments

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Social Services from 18.9.2013 to 21.9.2015.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Attorney-General from 28.5.2015 to 21.9.2015.

Assistant Minister for Multicultural Affairs from 21.9.2015 to 18.2.2016.

Minister for International Development and the Pacific from 18.2.2016 to 22.8.2018.


Committee Service

Senate Standing: Regulations and Ordinances from 9.2.2006 to 11.2.2008; Privileges from 10.9.2018; Publications from 10.9.2018 to 1.7.2019; Regulations and Ordinances from 2.7.2019.

Senate Select: Fuel and Energy from 26.6.2008 to 12.11.2008.

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Legal and Constitutional Affairs: References from 6.9.2005 to 11.9.2006 (Deputy Chair from 14.9.2005 to 11.9.2006); Finance and Public Administration from 11.9.2006 to 24.11.2008; Community Affairs from 12.9.2006 to 9.5.2007; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: Legislation from 10.9.2018; Legal and Constitutional Affairs: References from 15.11.2018 to 14.2.2019 (Substitute member from 15.11.2018 to 14.2.2019).

Joint Statutory: Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity from 23.3.2007 to 15.10.2008; Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity from 12.5.2010 to 27.10.2010; Law Enforcement from 2.7.2019 to 30.7.2019.

Joint Standing: Electoral Matters from 26.2.2007 to 11.3.2008; Migration from 4.2.2009 to 22.6.2009; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 10.9.2018 to 11.4.2019; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 22.7.2019.


Parliamentary Party Positions

Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Immigration from 22.9.2008 to 8.12.2009.

Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate from 22.9.2008 to 8.12.2009.

Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Citizenship from 10.11.2008 to 8.12.2009.

Shadow Minister for Ageing from 8.12.2009 to 18.9.2013.

Shadow Minister for Mental Health from 14.9.2010 to 18.9.2013.


Party Positions

Delegate to the Liberal Party State Council (NSW) from 1995.

President of the Liberal Party Italian Special Branch (NSW) from 1995.

Metropolitan Representative of the Liberal Party State Executive (NSW) from 1996 to 1997.

Member of the Liberal Party Constitutional Standing Committee from 1996 to 1997.

Delegate to the Liberal Party Federal Council from 2000 to 2002.

Urban Representative to the Liberal Party State Executive (NSW), 2003.

Urban Representative to the Liberal Party State Executive (NSW) from 2003 to 2004.

Member of the Liberal Party Constitutional Standing Committee, 2003.

Member of the Liberal Party Constitutional Standing Committee from 2003 to 2004.


Other Positions

Member of the Red Cross Fundraising Committee, mid-1990s.

Member of Zonta International (East Sydney Region), mid-1990s.

Assistant Secretary of the Marco Polo Association, early 1980s.

Founding Member of the Unanderra Retirement Village Board, 1986.

Representative for Australia to General Council of Italians Abroad from 1990 to 1998.

Member, Co.As.It. from 1994 to 2005.

Member of the Ministerial Advisory Council on the Global Cultural Diversity Conference, 1995.

Chairman of the Multicultural Committee of Australians for Constitutional Monarchy, from 1996 to 1997.

Coalition Nominee to the Sydney Olympic Games Multicultural Advisory Committee from 1996 to 2000.

President of Com.It.Es (NSW) from 1998 to 2000.

President of the Newport Progress Association from 1998 to 2004.

Member of the Youth Off The Streets Board from 1999 to 2002.

Chairman of the Youth Off The Streets Board from 2002 to 2004.


Personal

Born 20.5.1960, Wollongong, Australia

Married


Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

BA (Australian National University)

LLB (Australian National University)

Articled Clerk/Solicitor, Macphillamny Cummins and Gibson 1983-84

Legal officer, Australian Government Solicitor, Canberra 1984-86

Legal Officer, then Senior Legal Officer, Australian Government Solicitor, Sydney 1986-90

Acting Principal Legal Officer, Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service 1990

Policy Adviser to the Hon. JJ Carlton, MP 1990-93

Senior Private Secretary to the State Premier (NSW), the Hon. JJ Fahey, MLA 1993-94

Senior Lawyer, Australian Government Solicitor 1994-2004

Consultant, Minter Ellison Lawyers 2003-04


Honours

Awarded Knight of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic 1998

Community Service Award, Pittwater City Council 2002