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WILLIAMS, the Hon. Daryl Robert, AM, QCBiography for WILLIAMS, the Hon. Daryl Robert, AM, QC

Member for Tangney (WA)

Liberal Party of Australia

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Tangney, Western Australia, 1993. Re-elected 1996, 1998 and 2001. Retired prior to general elections 2004.

Ministerial Appointments

Attorney-General from 11.3.1996 to 7.10.2003.

Minister for Justice from 11.3.1996 to 9.10.1997.

Cabinet Minister from 9.10.1997 to 18.7.2004.

Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts from 7.10.2003 to 18.7.2004.

Committee Service

Joint Select: Certain Family Law Issues from 26.5.1993 to 28.11.1995.

House of Representatives Standing: Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 12.5.1993 to 29.1.1996.

Conferences Delegations and Visits

Official visits to Malaysia, April 1996

Official visits to Vietnam, August 1996

Official visits to New Zealand, September 1996

Official visits to USA, France, Switzerland and UK, June 1997

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

Commonwealth Law Ministers' Meeting, Trinidad and Tobago, May 1999

Official visits to China and Thailand, July 1999

Official visits to Germany, August 1999

Official visits to Switzerland, September 1999

Official visits to Thailand, May 2000

Official visits to Singapore, May-June 2001

Official visits to Indonesia, April 2002

Official visits to USA, Canada, UK, China, April-May 2002

Official visits to Caribbean and USA, November 2002

Official visits to China, July 2003

Official visits to Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore, August 2003

Official visits to UK, Switzerland, Belgium and the Netherlands, September-October 2003

Official visits to New Zealand, May 2004

Parliamentary Party Positions

Member of the Opposition Shadow Ministry from 7.4.1993 to 26.5.1994.

Shadow Attorney-General from 7.4.1993 to 26.5.1994.

Shadow Minister Assisting the Leader of the Opposition on Constitutional Reform from 7.4.1993 to 26.5.1994.

Other Positions

Appointed Queen's Counsel, 1982


Born 21.8.1942, East Fremantle, Australia


Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

LL.B (Hons) (Waust)

B.C.L (Hons) (Oxon)


Rhodes Scholar 1965

Barrister and solicitor 1968-71

Counsel, Asian Development Bank 1971-75

Barrister 1975-93


Appointed Member of the Order of Australia, 12.06.1989


Description: Inner Metropolitan

Location: southern Perth; it includes the suburbs of Applecross, Alfred Cove, Ardross, Attadale, Bateman, Booragoon, Brentwood, Bull Creek, Ferndale, Langford, Leeming, Lynwood, Melville, Mount Pleasant, Murdoch, Myaree, Parkwood, Riverton, Rossmoyne, Shelley, Willetton and Winthrop, and parts of Kardinya.

Area: 70 Sq km

Electors enrolled: 82972 (at 10.11.2001)

Industries: light industry, retail and service industries.

Electorate: Tangney includes the Western Australian Legislative Assembly electorate of Murdoch, and parts of Alfred Cove, Riverton, Thornlie and Willagee.