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Biography for WOODLEY, John

Senator for Queensland 1993-2001

Australian Democrats



Parliamentary Service

Elected to the Senate for Queensland, 1993 (term began 1.7.93) and 1998. Resigned 27.7.2001.


Committee Service

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Rural and Regional Affairs from 1.7.93 to 10.10.94; Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: References and Legislation Committees from 10.10.94 (Chair, References Committee from 9.5.96) to 27.7.01; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 18.8.93 to 10.10.94; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: References Committee from 15.10.96 to 12.5.99.

Participating member, Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: References Committee from 10.11.94 to 1.7.96; Participating member, Community Affairs: Legislation Committee from 23.3.95 to 11.5.95 and from 29.5.95 to 27.7.01.

Senate Select: Superannuation from 28.10.93 to 1.7.96; Unresolved Whistleblower Cases from 1.12.94 to 26.10.95; Community Standards Relevant to the Supply of Services Utilising Electronic Technologies from 22.5.96 to 15.10.96; Victorian Casino Inquiry from 1.7.96 to 8.7.96 and from 10.8.96 to 5.12.96.

Joint Statutory: Native Title and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Fund from 20.10.97 to 27.7.01.


Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Member, Official Delegation to 92nd IPU Conference, Denmark and bilateral visits to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, August-September 1994.

Study tour to UK, July 1996.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to USA and Venezuela, July 1997.

Member, Official Australian Observer Mission to the Indonesian Elections, June 1999.

Study tour, UK and Ireland, July-August 2000.

Member, Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs Legislation visit to New Zealand, May 2001.


Parliamentary Party Positions

Spokesperson for the Australian Democrats on Australia's Security (including Defence); Rural Australia (including Primary Industry); Social Security; Tourism from 1.7.93 to 7.12.95; Australia's Security (including Defence and Peace); Rural Australia; Social Security; Consumer Affairs; Tourism from 7.12.95 to 30.6.96; Family Services (excluding Youth); Rural Australia; Social Security; Veterans' Affairs and Defence Personnel from 1.7.96 to 25.2.97; Family Services and Aged Care; Rural Australia; Social Security; Veterans' Affairs and Defence Personnel from 25.2.97 to 20.10.97; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs and Reconciliation; Family Services (including Aged Care and Child Care); Children; Regional Development (excluding Local Government); Rural Australia; Transport from 20.10.97 to 1.1.99; Aged Care; Agriculture; Children; Family and Community Services (including Child Care and Child Support); Indigenous Affairs; Reconciliation; Regional Services; Transport from 1.1.99 to 1.7.99; Aged Care; Agriculture; Children; Family and Community Services; Indigenous Affairs; Regional Services from 1.7.99 to 14.2.01; Agriculture; Children; Family and Community Services (including Child Care and Child Support); Indigenous Affairs; Regional Services from 14.2.01 to 27.7.01.


Party Positions

Member, Australian Democrats from 1981.

State President, Australian Democrats (Qld) 1991-93.

National Ombudsman, Australian Democrats 1988-91.


Other Positions

President, Parliamentary Christian Fellowship.


Personal

Born 9.2.38, Brisbane, Qld.

Married.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

LTh (Melbourne College of Divinity), BTh (Brisbane College of Theology).

Clerk 1953-59.

Minister of the Methodist and Uniting Churches from 1962.

Director for Social Responsibility, Uniting Church 1977-84.

Chaplain, Queensland University of Technology 1988-93.


Publications

Bulldust and Spinifex, Brisbane: Redland Printery, 1973.

Technicolour Fantasy, Brisbane: Uniting Church, 1982.

Uniting Church and Aboriginal Land Rights, Brisbane: Uniting Church, 1983.


Military Service

Royal Australian Naval Reserve (National Service) 1957-59.