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Biography for CHANEY, the Hon. Frederick Michael

Senator for Western Australia 1974-90; Member for Pearce 1990-93

Liberal Party of Australia

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the Senate for Western Australia 1974 (term deemed to have begun 1.7.73), 1975, 1977, 1983 and 1987. Resigned 27.2.90.

Elected to the House of Representatives for Pearce, Western Australia, 1990.

Retired prior to general elections 1993.

Parliamentary Appointments

Member, Council of Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies from 18.7.77 to 19.9.78.

Ministerial Appointments

Minister for Administrative Services from 25.8.78 to 5.12.78.

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs from 5.12.78 to 3.11.80.

Minister Assisting the Minister for Education from 25.8.78 to 8.12.79.

Minister Assisting the Minister for National Development and Energy from 8.12.79 to 3.11.80.

Minister for Social Security from 3.11.80 to 11.3.83.

Committee Service

Senate Standing: Standing Orders from 4.3.76 to 19.9.80 and from 4.5.83 to 5.6.87; Privileges from 17.8.78 to 19.9.78; Appropriations and Staffing from 11.5.83 to 27.2.90; Procedure from 9.10.87 to 27.2.90.

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Constitutional and Legal Affairs from 22.8.74 to 14.9.78; National Development and Ownership and Control of Australian Resources from 13.5.75 to 11.11.75.

Senate Select: Foreign Ownership and Control from 1.8.74 to 4.3.75.

Joint: Prices from 25.7.74 to 11.11.75.

Joint Select: Aboriginal Land Rights in the Northern Territory from 10.12.76 to 28.2.77 and from 10.3.77 to 17.8.77.

Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Member, CPA Delegation, Canada, June 1976.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to United States, June-July 1976; Joint Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka, June-July 1978.

Member, Commonwealth Parliamentary Delegation to the Australian Constitutional Convention, Adelaide, April 1983.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Assistant Opposition Whip in the Senate from 20.11.74 to 8.4.75.

Opposition Whip in the Senate from 8.4.75 to 11.11.75.

Government Whip in the Senate from 22.12.75 to 28.2.78.

Leader of the Opposition in the Senate from 21.4.83 to 24.3.90.

Deputy Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Liberal Party from 9.5.89 to 3.4.90.

Deputy Leader of the Opposition from 9.5.89 to 3.4.90.

Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 16.3.83 to 7.4.93. Spokesman on Resources and Energy from 16.3.83 to 14.12.84; on Industry, Technology and Commerce from 14.12.84 to 21.4.87; on Employment and Industrial Relations from 21.4.87 to 14.8.87; on Industrial Relations from 14.8.87 to 16.9.88; on Industry, Technology and Commerce from 16.9.88 to 12.5.89; on Industrial Relations from 12.5.89 to 11.4.90; on the Environment from 11.4.90 to 28.4.92; on Sustainable Development and the Environment from 28.4.92 to 7.8.92; Shadow Minister without Portfolio from 7.8.92 to 7.4.93.

Chairman, Fightback! Co-ordination and Marketing Group from 28.4.92 to 7.4.93.

Party Positions

Senior Vice-President, Liberal Party State Executive (WA) 1970-74.

Member, Liberal Party Federal Executive 1973-74 and 1983-90.

Member, Liberal Party Federal Platform Committee 1973-74.


Born 28.10.41 at Perth, WA.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

LLB (WAust).

Barrister and solicitor.


Description: Outer metropolitan and rural.

Location: East outskirts of Perth; it includes the centres of Bakers Hill, Muchea, Mundaring, Northam, Roleystone and Toodyay.

Area: 6541 sq km (approx.).

Electors enrolled: 71 693 (at 15.2.93).

Industries: Market gardens, vineyards, fruit, sheep, cattle, deer, light industry, RAAF base.

State electorates: Pearce includes the Western Australian Legislative Assembly electorate of Darling Range, and parts of Avon, Helena, Moore, Roleystone and Swan Hills.