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POLLEY, Helen BeatriceBiography for POLLEY, Helen Beatrice

Senator for Tasmania

Australian Labor Party

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the Senate for Tasmania 2004 (term began 1.7.2005), 2010 and 2016.

Parliamentary Positions

Temporary Chair of Committees from 28.9.10 to 11.11.13.

Committee Service

Senate Standing: Library from 1.7.05 to 7.12.05; Publications from 1.7.05 to 28.2.07; Procedure from 12.11.13 to 11.2.14; Scrutiny of Bills: Legislative Scrutiny from 12.11.13 to 9.5.16 (Chair from 11.2.14 to 9.5.16); Scrutiny of Bills from 1.9.16 (Chair from 1.9.16).

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Community Affairs: Legislation and References Committees from 1.7.05 to 11.9.06 and substitute member Community Affairs References from 15.09.16 to 20.06.17, from 16.8.17, from 22.3.18; Community Affairs from 11.9.06 to 30.6.08; Finance and Public Administration from 12.2.08 to 14.5.09 (Chair from 13.2.08 to 14.5.09); Finance and Public Administration: Legislation and References Committees from 14.5.09 to 11.11.13 (Chair, Legislation Committee from 14.5.09 to 11.11.13).

Senate Select: State Government Financial Management from 14.2.08 to 18.9.08.

Joint Statutory: Australian Crime Commission from 1.7.05 to 25.11.10; Law Enforcement from 25.11.10 to 5.8.13.

Joint Standing: Migration from 6.12.06 to 30.6.08; Electoral Matters from 30.9.10 to 5.8.13.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Deputy Government Whip in the Senate from 27.9.10 to 18.9.13.

Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Aged Care from 18.10.13 to 23.07.16.

Shadow Assistant Minister for Ageing from 23.07.16.

Shadow Assistant Minister to the Leader (Tasmania) from 23.07.16.

Party Positions

Delegate, ALP State Conference (Tas) from 1984.

President, ALP (Tas) 1992-95.

Delegate, ALP National Conference.

Member, ALP Administrative Committee (Tas).


Born 9.2.1957, Ulverstone, Tas.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

Dip. BA (Launceston Business College).

Adviser to the State Premier (Tas), the Hon. JA Bacon, MHA 1998-2004.

Adviser to the State Premier (Tas), the Hon. PA Lennon, MHA 2004.