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CHAPMAN, Hedley Grant PearsonBiography for CHAPMAN, Hedley Grant Pearson

Senator for South Australia 1987-2008

Elected to the House of Representatives for Kingston, South Australia, 1975, 1977 and 1980. Defeated at general elections 1983.

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Kingston, South Australia, 1975, 1977 and 1980. Defeated at general elections 1983.

Elected to the Senate for South Australia 1987 (term deemed to have begun 1.7.1987), 1990, 1996 and 2001. Defeated at general elections 2007 (term ended 30.6.2008).

Parliamentary Positions

Temporary Chair of Committees from 5.5.93 to 30.6.08.

Committee Service

Senate Standing: Publications from 2.5.96 to 1.7.02.

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Transport, Communications and Infrastructure from 24.9.87 to 18.5.93; Industry, Science, Technology, Transport, Communications and Infrastructure from 18.5.93 to 10.10.94; Economics: Legislation and References Committees from 10.10.94 to 11.9.06; Economics from 11.9.06 to 11.2.08; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: References Committee from 10.10.94 to 29.4.96.

Senate Select: Australian Broadcasting Corporation Management and Operations from 22.9.94 to 30.3.95; Dangers of Radioactive Waste from 23.3.95 (Chair from 30.3.95) to 29.4.96; Uranium Mining and Milling from 8.5.96 (Chair from 23.5.96) to 15.5.97; Superannuation and Financial Services from 29.9.99 to 11.2.02; Superannuation from 14.3.02 to 10.9.03; Lucas Heights Reactor from 17.8.00 to 24.5.01; State Government Financial Management from 14.2.08 to 30.6.08.

Senate Estimates: A from 24.9.87 to 8.5.90; F from 9.5.90 to 6.5.93; B from 8.2.94 to 10.10.94.

House of Representatives Standing: Publications from 20.9.79 to 19.9.80; Library from 26.11.80 to 4.2.83; Road Safety from 9.4.81 to 4.2.83; Expenditure from 9.12.82 to 4.2.83.

Joint Statutory: Corporations and Securities from 31.5.96 (Chair from 20.6.96) to 11.2.02; Corporations and Financial Services from 14.2.02 to 30.6.08 (Chair from 20.3.02 to 11.2.08); Public Accounts and Audit from 23.3.07 to 30.6.08.

Joint: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 16.5.90 to 1.7.02.

Joint Standing: New Parliament House from 4.12.80 to 4.2.83.

Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to China and Japan, July 1981.

Member, CPA Conference, The Bahamas, October 1982.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Argentina and Brazil, June-July 1992.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the 100th IPU Conference, Moscow, September 1998; Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to the 107th IPU Conference, Marrakech, and bilateral visit to Kuwait, March 2002; Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to IPU Governing Council, Geneva, September 2002; Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the 108th IPU Conference, Santiago, and bilateral visit to Canada, March-April 2003; Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to the 109th IPU Conference, Geneva, and bilateral visit to Latvia, September-October 2003; Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to the 110th IPU Conference, Mexico City, April 2004; Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the 112th IPU Conference, Manila, and bilateral visit to the Solomon Islands, March-April 2005.

Vice-President, UN-IPU Parliamentary Round Table to Combat Desertification, Dakar, November 1998; Recife, November 1999; Bonn, December 2000; Havana, August 2003; Member, United Nations Panel of Eminent Persons to Combat Desertification from October 2001, attending meetings in Agadez, April 2002; World Summit on Sustainable Development Preparatory Committee, Denpasar, May-June 2002; World Summit on Sustainable Development, Johannesburg, August-September 2002; and Global Environment Facility Council, Beijing, October 2002.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Czech Republic, Slovakia and Croatia, April 2001.

Keynote Speaker, World Tourism Organisation Parliamentarians Forum, Panama City, November 2002.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to UK, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Austria, Argentina and USA, April-May 2008.

Party Positions

Member, Liberal Party (SA) from 1967.

Member, Young Liberal State Executive (SA) 1971-75; Inaugural Federal Young Liberal Policy Committee 1975.

Member, Liberal Party State Council (SA) from 1971.

Member, Liberal Party State Executive (SA) 1975-76.

Member, Liberal Party Rural Council Executive (SA) from 1987.

Other Positions

Government Representative, IPU Governing Council 2002-05.

Member, IPU Australian Parliament Group Executive from 2002.

Board Member, IPU Global Foundation for Democracy from 2003.


Born 27.4.1949, North Adelaide, SA.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

BA (Hons) (Adel).

Business Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certificate (SAIT).

Proprietor, farming and grazing property, Kybunga, SA from 1974.

Self-employed management consultant, Grant Chapman and Co. 1983-88.

Marketing executive, oil industry 1971-75.

Political research consultant 1975.

Represented South Australia in National Debating Championships 1974, 1975 and 1977.

Member, Australian Institute of International Affairs (SA) Committee from 1974; Vice-President 1983-85; Treasurer 1985-2000.

Member, United Farmers and Stockowners (SA) (now South Australian Farmers' Federation) from 1974; Delegate from 1983; President, Adelaide Branch from 1986.

Member, Australian Broadcasting Commission Advisory Committee (SA) 1975-80.


Awarded Queen's Silver Jubilee Medal 1977.

Military Service

RAAF, South Australian University Squadron 1968-70.

Pilot Officer, RAAF Reserve.