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BERNARDI, CoryBiography for BERNARDI, Cory

Senator for South Australia

Australian Conservatives

Parliamentary Service

Chosen by the Parliament of South Australia on 4.5.2006 under section 15 of the Constitution to represent that State in the Senate, vice the Hon. RM Hill (resigned) (term ended 30.6.2008). Elected 2007 (term began 1.7.2008) 2013 and 2016. (Liberal Party of Australia until 7.2.17; Independent from 7.2.17 to 11.4.17; Australian Conservatives from 11.4.17).

Parliamentary Positions

Temporary Chair of Committees from 11.3.09 to 2.2.10 and from 10.10.12 to 2.5.16.

Committee Service

Senate Standing: Publications from 12.3.08 to 15.6.15; Senators' Interests from 27.10.10 to 9.5.16, from 1.9.16 to 12.9.16 and from 28.11.16 to 15.2.17; Scrutiny of Bills from 13.11.13 to 9.5.16, from 1.9.16 to 12.9.16 and from 28.11.16 to 15.2.17.

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Economics from 11.9.06 to 11.2.08; Finance and Public Administration from 23.10.06 to 22.12.06 and from 10.3.09 to 14.5.09; Finance and Public Administration: Legislation and References Committees from 14.5.09 to 2.2.10, from 30.9.10 to 27.10.10, from 13.11.13 to 9.5.16; from 1.9.16 to 12.9.16 and from 28.11.16 to 15.2.17 (Chair of Legislation from 14.11.13 to 9.5.16, from 1.9.16 to 12.9.16 and from 28.11.16 to 15.2.17); Economics Legislation and References from 1.9.16 to 12.9.16 and from 28.11.16 to 15.2.17.

Senate Select: Men's Health from 13.11.08 to 29.5.09; Abbott Government's Commission of Audit from 12.12.13 to 11.2.14; National Broadband Network from 1.7.14 to 3.3.15; Recent Allegations relating to Conditions and Circumstances at the Regional Processing Centre in Nauru from 26.03.15 to 31.8.15.

Joint Statutory: Corporations and Financial Services from 28.2.07 to 11.2.08; Public Accounts and Audit from 13.11.13 to 9.5.16 and from 28.11.16 to 15.2.17.

Joint Select: Australia's Immigration Detention Network from 22.6.11 to 30.3.12; Government Procurement from 1.12.16 to 15.2.17.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Families and Community Services from 6.12.07 to 22.9.08; Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities, Carers and the Voluntary Sector from 22.9.08 to 19.2.09; Shadow Parliamentary Secretary Assisting the Leader of the Opposition from 8.12.09; Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure and Population Policy from 8.12.09 to 14.9.10; Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Supporting Families from 14.9.10 to 19.9.12.

Party Positions

Vice-President, Liberal Party (SA) 1997.

Member, State Executive, Liberal Party (SA) 1997-2003.

Member, Liberal Party Finance Committee (SA) 1997-2000.

President, Liberal Party (SA) 1998-2000.

Member, Liberal Party Federal and State Campaign Committees 1998-2000.

Member, Liberal Party Federal Executive 1998-2000 and 2005-06.

Member, Liberal Party Appeals Tribunal (SA) 2004-06.

Member, Liberal Party Multicultural Committee (SA) 2004-08.

Federal Vice-President, Liberal Party of Australia 2005-06.

Other Positions

Member, Australian Rowing Team.

Board member, Australian Sports Commission.

Chair, Australian Sports Foundation Ltd.

Chair, National Review of Disability Sport.


Born 6.11.1969, Adelaide, SA.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

Diploma in Financial Services (FPA).

Graduate Certificate in Business Management (Edinburgh Business School).

Self-employed hotelier 1992-96.

Investment adviser and fund manager 1996-2006.


The money tree: securing your child's financial success, self-published, 2007.

Fit for life!, self-published, 2008.

As I see it: thoughts of a conservative, self-published, 2009.

No left turn: more thoughts of a conservative, self-published, 2011.

On the right track, self-published, 2012.

The conservative revolution, Ballarat, Vic.: Connor Court Publishing, 2013.