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EDWARDS, Sean ChristopherBiography for EDWARDS, Sean Christopher

Senator for South Australia 2010-2016

Liberal Party of Australia

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the Senate for South Australia 2010 (term began 1.7.2011). Defeated at general elections 2016.

Parliamentary Positions

Temporary Chair of Committees from 10.5.12 to 9.5.16.

Committee Service

Senate Standing: Scrutiny of Bills from 1.7.11 to 11.11.13; Regulations and Ordinances from 13.11.13 to 1.7.14.

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Rural Affairs and Transport: References Committee from 1.7.11 to 9.5.16; Finance and Public Administration: Legislation and References Committees from 7.7.11 to 9.2.12; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: References Committee from 12.11.13 to 9.5.16 and Legislation Committee from 13.11.13 to 1.7.14; Economics: Legislation and References Committees from 1.7.14 to 9.5.16 (Chair of Legislation from 7.7.14 to 9.5.16).

Senate Select: Australia's Food Processing Sector from 4.7.11 to 16.8.12; Electricity Prices from 10.9.12 to 1.11.12; Abbott Government's Commission of Audit from 11.2.14 to 19.6.14; Health from 26.6.14 to 9.5.16; Murray-Darling Basin Plan from 12.10.15 to 9.5.16; Scrutiny of Government Budget Measures from 12.10.15 to 9.5.16.

Joint Statutory: Human Rights from 16.3.12 to 20.8.12; Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity from 2.12.13 to 9.5.16; Law Enforcement from 2.12.13 to 9.5.16.

Joint Standing: Migration from 2.12.13 to 9.5.16; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 1.7.14 to 9.5.16.

Party Positions

President, Blackwood and Districts Young Liberals 1985-88.

Vice-President, Clare Branch, Liberal Party 2002-04; President 2004-08.

President, Wakefield FEC 2006-08.

Member, Liberal Party Federal Executive 2007-10.

Member, Liberal Party Federal Finance Committee 2007-10.

President, Liberal Party (SA) 2007-10.

Life Member, Liberal Party State Council (SA) from 2010.


Born 2.1.1962, Clare, SA.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

Real Estate Certificate (Gawler College of Further Education), Real Estate Agency (Douglas Mawson Institute).

Auctioneer, Land and Estate Agent 1980-96.

Vigneron and winemaker from 1996.