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WITHERS, the Rt Hon. Reginald GreiveBiography for WITHERS, the Rt Hon. Reginald Greive

Senator for Western Australia 1966-87

Liberal Party



Parliamentary Service

Appointed to the Senate for Western Australia by the Lieutenant-Governor-in-Council under section 15 of the Constitution on 17.2.66, vice Senator the Hon. Sir Shane Paltridge (deceased) (term ended 25.11.66).

Elected 1967 (new term began 1.7.68), 1974, 1975, 1980, 1983 and 1984.

Retired prior to general elections 5.6.87.


Parliamentary Appointments

Member, Parliamentary Retiring Allowances Trust from 17.3.76 to 5.6.87.


Parliamentary Positions

Temporary Chairman of Committees from 18.4.72 to 31.10.72.


Ministerial Appointments

Special Minister of State from 12.11.75 to 22.12.75.

Minister for the Capital Territory from 12.11.75 to 22.12.75.

Minister for the Media from 12.11.75 to 22.12.75.

Minister for Tourism and Recreation from 12.11.75 to 22.12.75.

Vice-President of the Executive Council from 12.11.75 to 7.8.78.

Minister for Administrative Services from 22.12.75 to 7.8.78.


Committee Service

Senate Standing: House from 21.8.68 to 19.8.71 and from 25.11.81 to 21.2.85; Library from 21.8.68 to 19.8.71; Standing Orders from 25.11.69 to 16.8.78; Regulations and Ordinances from 30.3.71 to 15.9.71 and from 19.2.86; Publications from 19.8.71 to 31.10.72; Privileges from 14.5.71 to 22.7.75 and from 15.6.84 to 29.5.85; Disputed Returns and Qualifications from 31.3.81 to 4.2.83.

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Constitutional and Legal Affairs from 6.10.71 (Chairman from 14.10.71) to 26.2.73; Finance and Government Operations from 5.3.81 to 21.2.85.

Senate Select: Foreign Ownership and Control from 2.2.72 (Chairman from 2.2.72) to 26.2.73; Industrial Relations Legislation from 18.5.82 to 26.10.82; Statutory Authority Financing from 22.4.83 to 13.10.83.

Senate Estimates: A from 28.9.71 (Chairman from 7.10.71) to 2.11.72; B from 16.9.70 to 22.4.71; F from 13.9.79 to 1.4.80 and from 26.8.81 to 4.2.83.

Joint Standing: Australian Capital Territory from 21.8.68 to 17.2.71 and from 15.9.71 (Chairman from 28.9.71) to 2.11.72; New Parliament House (formerly New and Permanent Parliament House) from 30.9.75 to 11.11.75 and from 28.2.85 to 5.6.87.


Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Member, CPA Conference, Port of Spain, October 1969.

Attended CPA Seminar, London, March-April 1970.

Member, Commonwealth Parliamentary Delegations to the Australian Constitutional Conventions, Hobart, October 1976, and Perth, July 1978.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to France and the Commissions of the European Community, May-June 1979.


Parliamentary Party Positions

Government Whip in the Senate from 25.11.69 to 16.8.71.

Leader of the Opposition in the Senate from 20.12.72 to 11.11.75.

Member, Federal Parliamentary Liberal Party Opposition Executive from 20.12.72 to 14.6.74.

Spokesman on Transport matters from 20.12.72 to 14.6.74.

Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 14.6.74 to 11.11.75. Spokesman on Services and Property from 14.6.74 to 11.11.75.

Leader of the Government in the Senate from 22.12.75 to 7.8.78.


Other Positions

Appointed a Member of Her Majesty's Privy Council, June 1977.


Personal

Born 26.10.24 at Bunbury, Western Australia.

Died 25.11.2014.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

LLB (WAust).

Barrister and solicitor.


Local Government Service

Councillor, Bunbury Municipal Council 1954-56.


Military Service

Enlisted in RAN 11.6.42.

Discharged 10.4.46 with rank of Coder.