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Biography for MORRIS, John Joseph

Senator for New South Wales 1985-90

Australian Labor Party

Parliamentary Service

State: Elected to the New South Wales Legislative Council 1976.

Resigned 1984.

Federal: Elected to the Senate for New South Wales 1984 (term began 1.7.85) and 1987.

Retired upon expiration of term 30.6.90.

Parliamentary Positions

Temporary Chairman of Committees from 24.2.87 to 30.6.90.

Committee Service

Senate Standing: Publications from 11.9.85 to 5.6.87; House from 24.9.87 to 8.5.90.

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Social Welfare from 11.9.85 to 5.6.87; Environment, Recreation and the Arts from 7.10.87 to 21.4.88.

Senate Select: Animal Welfare from 24.9.87 to 30.5.90 (Chairman from 7.10.87 to 16.8.89); Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals from 3.11.88 to 30.6.90.

Senate Estimates: D from 22.8.85 to 5.6.87; E from 18.3.88 to 17.5.88, from 9.3.89 to 8.5.89 and from 6.9.89 to 8.5.90; B from 29.9.88 to 9.3.89.

Joint: Australian Capital Territory from 12.3.86 to 5.6.87; Foreign Affairs and Defence from 25.2.87 to 5.6.87; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 9.10.87 to 19.2.90.

Joint Statutory: National Crime Authority from 24.2.88 to 1.12.88; Australian Security Intelligence Organization from 30.8.88 (Chairman from 1.9.88) to 19.2.90.

Party Positions

Member, ALP Administrative Committee (NSW) from 1971.

Delegate, ALP National Conference 1982-84.


Born 12.6.36 at Young Wallsend, NSW.

Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

Organiser, Federated Liquor and Allied Industries Employees' Union of Australia (NSW) 1966-70; Secretary 1970-81; President from 1981.

National President, Federated Liquor and Allied Industries Employees' Union of Australia 1972-75 and from 1984.

Member, Interstate Executive, Australian Council of Trade Unions 1973-81.

Completed Harvard University Trade Union Programme 1978.

World President, Hotel and Catering Group Board, International Union of Food and Allied Workers' Associations 1980-84.

President, International Union of Food and Allied Workers' Associations (Asia-Pacific Region) from 1980-85.

Member, NSW Metropolitan Water Supply, Sewerage and Drainage Board 1983-84.