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PATTERSON, the Hon. Kay Christine LesleyBiography for PATTERSON, the Hon. Kay Christine Lesley

Senator for Victoria

Liberal Party of Australia



Parliamentary Service

Elected to the Senate for Victoria 1987. Re-elected 1990, 1996 and 2001. Retired with the expiration of term 2008.


Parliamentary Positions

Temporary Chair of Committees from 1.5.1996 to 10.11.1998.


Ministerial Appointments

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs from 21.10.1998 to 26.11.2001.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs from 16.2.2000 to 26.11.2001.

Minister for Health and Ageing from 26.11.2001 to 7.10.2003.

Cabinet Minister from 26.11.2001 to 27.1.2006.

Minister for Family and Community Services from 7.10.2003 to 27.1.2006.

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women from 7.10.2003 to 26.10.2004.

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women's Issues from 26.10.2004 to 27.1.2006.


Committee Service

Senate Standing: Scrutiny of Bills from 24.9.1987 to 8.5.1990; Regulations and Ordinances from 24.2.1988 to 30.6.1993; Regulations and Ordinances from 8.5.1996 to 6.12.1996; Regulations and Ordinances from 4.2.1997 to 9.11.1998; Regulations and Ordinances from 23.3.2007 to 11.2.2008.

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Employment, Education and Training from 24.9.1987 to 14.2.1991; Community Affairs from 5.10.1992 to 23.10.1992; Community Affairs: References from 10.10.1994 to 29.4.1996; Community Affairs: Legislation from 10.10.1994 to 1.7.1996; Employment, Education and Training: References from 2.5.1996 to 30.6.1996; Environment, Recreation, Communications and the Arts: Legislation from 8.5.1996 to 5.12.1996 (Chair from 20.5.1996 to 5.12.1996); Environment, Recreation, Communications and the Arts: Legislation from 4.2.1997 to 22.9.1997 (Chair from 5.2.1997 to 22.9.1997); Environment, Recreation, Communications and the Arts: Legislation from 27.1.1998 to 9.11.1998 (Chair from 5.2.1998 to 9.11.1998); Community Affairs: References from 30.4.1998 to 3.12.1998; Community Affairs: Legislation from 30.4.1998 to 14.5.1998; Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts: Legislation from 7.2.2006 to 11.9.2006; Community Affairs from 11.9.2006 to 11.2.2008.

Senate Estimates: C from 24.8.1990 to 20.8.1992; C from 6.5.1993 to 10.10.1994.


Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Delegate, 3rd Commonwealth Conference on Delegated Legislation, London, November 1989.

Parliamentary Adviser, United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), New York, September-December 1997.

Official visits to New Zealand, April 2000.

Official visits to Papua New Guinea, April 2001.

Official visits to Samoa, June-July 2001.

Leader, Delegation to the World Conference Against Racism, Durban, South Africa, August-September 2001.

Official visits to Indonesia, November 2002.

Official visits to Vietnam, April-May 2004.

Leader, Delegation to the 49th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, New York, February 2005.

Attended OECD Social Policy Ministerial Meeting, Paris, March 2005.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Belgium, the Netherlands and Norway, April-May 2006.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Canada, Germany, Singapore and USA, April-May 2007.


Parliamentary Party Positions

Shadow Minister for Senior Citizens and Aged Care from 7.4.1993 to 26.5.1994.

Shadow Minister Assisting the Leader of the Opposition on Women's Affairs and the Arts from 7.4.1993 to 26.5.1994.

Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to the Shadow Minister for Community Services, Senior Citizens and Aged Care from 26.5.1994 to 25.9.1994.

Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to the Shadow Minister for Health and Human Services from 14.2.1995 to 11.3.1996.


Party Positions

Member of the Liberal Party State Council from 1985 to 1987.

Membership Officer of the Liberal Party State Council from 1985 to 1987.

Member of the Hawthorn and East Yarra Province Electorate Council from 1985 to 1987.

Vice-President of the Liberal Party State Council from 1986 to 1987.


Other Positions

Member of the Australian Psychological Society.


Personal

Born 21.11.1944, Sydney, Australia


Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

PhD (Monash University).

DipEd (Monash University).

BA(Hons) (University of Sydney).

Small business secretary and office manager from 1961 to 1964.

Tutor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Sydney, 1970.

Senior Tutor in the Psychology Department at Monash University from 1974 to 1976.

Member of the State Council from 1974 to 1991.

Member of the State Executive from 1974 to 1985.

Lecturer in the School of Behavioural Sciences at the Lincoln Institute of Health Sciences from 1977 to 1983. .

Member of the Monash University Council from 1978 to 1999.

Senior Lecturer in the School of Behavioural Sciences at the Lincoln Institute of Health Sciences from 1983 to 1985.

Kellogg Travelling and Visiting Fellow in the Institute of Gerontology at the University of Michigan, 1983.

Visiting Scholar in the Gerontology Center at Pennsylvania State University, 1985.

Principal Lecturer and Chair of the School of Behavioural Sciences at the Lincoln Institute of Health Sciences from 1986 to 1987.

Member of the State Executive from 1988 to 1991.

Member of the State Council from 1993.

Life Member of Guides Victoria from 2002.