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CAMERON, the Hon. Douglas NivenBiography for CAMERON, the Hon. Douglas Niven

Senator for New South Wales

Australian Labor Party

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the Senate for New South Wales 2007 (term began 1.7.2008), 2013 and 2016.

Parliamentary Positions

Temporary Chair of Committees from 7.7.11 to 11.11.13.

Ministerial Appointments

Parliamentary Secretary for Housing and Homelessness from 1.7.13 to 18.9.13.

Committee Service

Senate Standing: Library from 1.7.08 to 30.6.11; Scrutiny of Bills from 1.7.08 to 30.9.10; Privileges from 30.9.10 to 1.7.11.

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Economics from 1.7.08 to 14.5.09; Economics: Legislation Committee from 14.5.09 and References Committee from 1.7.11; Finance and Public Administration from 1.7.08 to 14.5.09; Finance and Public Administration: Legislation and References Committees from 14.5.09 to 27.9.10; Environment and Communications: Legislation and References Committees from 30.9.10 to 11.11.13 (Chair Legislation Committee from 30.9.10 to 11.11.13); Education and Employment Legislation from 30.8.16 to 1.9.16; Education and Employment References from 30.8.16 to 1.9.16.

Senate Select: Climate Policy from 18.3.09 to 15.6.09; Scrutiny of New Taxes from 30.9.10 to 1.11.11; Health from 26.6.14 to 14.5.15.

Joint Statutory: Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity from 1.7.08 to 5.8.13.

Joint Standing: Parliamentary Library from 1.7.08 to 30.6.11; National Broadband Network from 23.3.11 to 5.8.13.

Joint Select: Parliamentary Budget Office from 22.11.10 to 23.3.11; Broadcasting Legislation from 14.3.13 to 24.6.13.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 14.10.13. Shadow Minister for Human Services from 18.10.13 to 23.07.16.

Shadow Minister for Skills and Apprenticeships from 23.07.16 to 24.10.17.

Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness from 23.07.16.

Shadow Minister for Skills, TAFE and Apprenticeships from 24.10.17.

Party Positions

Member, ALP Administrative Committee (NSW).

Delegate, ALP State Conference (NSW).

Delegate, ALP National Conference.


Born 27.1.1951, Bellshill, Scotland, UK.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

City and Guilds qualified fitter and machinist.

Maintenance fitter, steel, ship repair, vehicle and power industries.

Organiser, Assistant State Secretary, Assistant National Secretary and National Secretary, Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union.

Vice-President, Australian Council of Trade Unions 1999-2007.

Member, Australian Best Practice Committee.

Trustee, Superannuation Trust of Australia.

Director, Australian Super Pty Ltd 2006-07.