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Biography for SIMMONS, the Hon. David William

Member for Calare (NSW) 1983-96

Australian Labor Party

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Calare, New South Wales, 1983, 1984, 1987, 1990 and 1993.

Retired prior to general elections 1996.

Parliamentary Appointments

Prime Minister's appointee to the Board of the Australian Bicentennial Authority 1983-88.

Ministerial Appointments

Minister for Defence Science and Personnel from 6.4.89 to 4.4.90.

Minister for the Arts, Tourism and Territories from 4.4.90 to 27.12.91.

Minister for Family Support from 27.12.91 to 24.3.93.

Minister for Local Government from 27.12.91 to 24.3.93.

Committee Service

House of Representatives Standing: Privileges from 11.5.83 to 8.10.87 and from 12.5.93 to 29.1.96; Expenditure from 28.2.85 to 5.6.87; Finance and Public Administration from 8.10.87 to 12.4.89; Banking, Finance and Public Administration from 12.5.93 (Chair from 10.2.94) to 29.1.96.

Joint: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 26.5.93 to 29.1.96.

Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Member, 80th IPU Conference, Sofia, Bulgaria, September 1988.

Official visits to Namibia, September 1989; New Zealand, May 1990; Japan, Korea and Hong Kong, August-September 1990; New Zealand, February 1991; New Zealand, September 1991; Hong Kong, South Korea and Japan, November 1991; Singapore and Malaysia, October-November 1991; Korea, Japan and Hong Kong, November 1991; Papua New Guinea, February 1992; Hong Kong, Bahrain, Cyprus, Spain, UK, Ireland and Singapore, May 1992.

Parliamentary Adviser, United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), New York, September-December 1993.

Party Positions

Delegate, ALP State Council (NSW) 1977-84.

Delegate, State Conference (NSW) from 1977.

Chair, Rural and Primary Industries Policy Committee (NSW) 1982-83.

Delegate, National ALP Conference, Canberra, 1982.


Born 7.11.47 at Broken Hill, NSW.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

BA, MEd (Hons) (New England).

Social Sciences Master, Bathurst High School.

Member, Australian College of Education.

Local Government Service

Alderman, Bathurst City Council 1978-83.


Description: Rural.

Location: Central western New South Wales; it includes the centres of Bathurst, Blayney, Lithgow, Oberon, Orange and Rylstone.

Area: 24 265 sq km (approx.).

Electors enrolled: 75 515 (at 28.2.95).

Industries: Coal mining, cement works, fruit growing, wool mills, transport industry, agriculture and pastoral.

State electorates: Calare includes the New South Wales Legislative Assembly electorate of Bathurst, and parts of Blue Mountains, Dubbo, Orange and Upper Hunter.