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COONAN, the Hon. Helen LloydBiography for COONAN, the Hon. Helen Lloyd

Senator for New South Wales 1996-2011

Liberal Party of Australia

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the Senate for New South Wales, 1996 (term began 1.7.1996), 2001 and 2007. Resigned 22.8.2011.

Parliamentary Appointments

Temporary Chair of Committees from 16.8.11 to 22.8.11.

Ministerial Appointments

Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer from 26.11.01 to 18.7.04.

Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts from 18.7.04 to 3.12.07.

Committee Service

Senate Standing: Privileges from 1.7.96 to 31.8.99; Scrutiny of Bills from 24.11.98 to 31.8.99 and from 13.10.08 (Chair from 15.10.08) to 1.7.11; Regulations and Ordinances from 22.9.97 to 27.1.98 and from 31.3.99 to 11.2.02 (Chair from 12.8.99 to 26.11.01); Selection of Bills from 24.11.98 to 11.2.02 and from 23.9.08 to 13.5.09; Procedure from 22.6.06 to 11.8.06.

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Community Affairs: Legislation Committee from 1.7.96 to 15.5.97 and References Committee from 22.8.96 to 15.5.97 and from 2.2.10 to 1.7.11; Environment, Recreation, Communications and the Arts: References Committee from 13.2.97 to 1.9.97; Legal and Constitutional: Legislation and References Committees from 26.2.97 to 11.2.02.

Senate Select: Socio-Economic Consequences of the National Competition Policy from 10.3.99 to 17.2.00.

Joint Statutory: Public Accounts from 7.5.97 to 1.1.98; Public Accounts and Audit from 1.1.98 to 11.2.02; Corporations and Financial Services from 1.7.08 to 13.10.08; Intelligence and Security from 5.12.08 to 25.6.09.

Joint Standing: Treaties from 26.2.97 to 11.2.02 and from 1.7.11 to 22.8.11.

Joint Select: Intelligence Services from 28.6.01 to 27.8.01.

Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Taiwan, 2000; New Zealand, March 2000.

Official visits to Fiji, July 2003; USA, January 2005; UK and Italy, April-May 2005; Peru, Chile, Brazil and Republic of Korea, May-June 2005; India, October 2005; USA, April-May 2006; Israel and UK, November 2006.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Deputy Government Whip in the Senate from 10.11.98 to 23.11.01.

Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate from 27.1.06 to 3.12.07.

Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 6.12.07 to 8.12.09. Shadow Minister for Human Services from 6.12.07 to 22.9.08; Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs from 22.9.08 to 16.2.09; Shadow Minister for Finance, Competition Policy and Deregulation from 16.2.09 to 8.12.09.

Manager of Opposition Business in the Senate from 22.9.08 to 16.2.09.

Party Positions

Member, Liberal Party from 1990.

Executive Committee, Liberal Party Sydney City Branch 1991-92.

President, Liberal Party Watsons Bay Branch 1994-95; Vice-President 1995-96.

Delegate, Liberal Party Women's Council 1994-96.

Member, Liberal Party Women's Forum 1994-96.

Other Positions

Member, Convocation of the Senate, University of Sydney 1983-84.

Part-time Member, Social Security Appeals Tribunal 1987.

Chair, Board of Governors, Law Foundation of NSW 1991-92.

Chair, Historic Houses Trust of NSW 1992-95; Trustee 1988-92.

Director and Fellow, Royal Hospital for Women Foundation 1995-96.


Born 29.10.1947, Wagga Wagga, NSW.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

BA, LLB (Syd).

Barrister and solicitor.

Attorney, New York.



Law of contract' in An annual survey of Australian law (with K Lindgren), Sydney: Law Book Company, 1987 and 1988.