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Biography for ARCHER, Brian Roper

Senator for Tasmania 1975-94

Liberal Party of Australia

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the Senate for Tasmania 1975 (term deemed to have begun 1.7.75), 1977, 1983, 1984, 1987 and 1993.

Resigned 31.1.94.

Parliamentary Appointments

Member, Parliamentary Retiring Allowances Trust from 22.9.87 to 31.1.94.

Committee Service

Senate Standing: Publications from 4.3.76 (Chairman from 22.3.79 to 4.2.83) to 31.1.94; Disputed Returns and Qualifications from 25.2.85 to 5.6.87; Regulations and Ordinances from 10.5.84 to 21.2.85; Privileges from 19.8.93 to 31.1.94.

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Trade and Commerce from 24.3.76 to 8.9.83 (Chairman from 26.2.81 to 4.2.83); Industry and Trade from 8.9.83 to 6.5.86; Industry, Science and Technology from 24.9.87 to 18.5.93; Industry, Science, Technology, Transport, Communications and Infrastructure from 18.5.93 to 31.1.94.

Senate Select: South West Tasmania from 24.9.81 (Chairman from 28.9.81) to 23.11.82.

Senate Estimates: C from 29.4.76 to 26.8.76, from 24.9.87 to 24.3.88 and from 17.5.88 to 29.9.88; B from 26.8.76 to 16.3.78; D from 20.9.78 to 1.4.80; E from 1.4.80 to 2.4.81; H from 2.4.81 (Chairman from 9.4.81) to 4.2.83; F from 24.8.90 to 21.2.91 and on 12.9.91; A from 6.5.93 to 19.8.93.

Joint Statutory: National Crime Authority from 17.4.86 to 5.6.87.

Joint Standing: Australian Capital Territory from 25.3.76 to 22.8.78; Parliamentary Zone from 10.9.91 to 8.2.93.

Joint Select: Telecommunications Interception from 13.6.86 to 20.11.86.

Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Member, Government Members' Delegation to Japan, China and Taiwan, 1979.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to North America and Mexico, July 1980.

Member, CPA Delegation to Suva, October 1981.

Fact-finding visit to UK, Norway, Holland and Sweden, August 1982.

Rural research tour of UK, June 1984.

Opposition Members' fact-finding visit to Israel, January 1985.

Deputy Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to the 31st CPA Conference, Saskatchewan, Canada, October 1985.

Member, 79th IPU Conference, Guatemala, April 1988.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to New Zealand, August 1988.

Member, 35th CPA Conference, Barbados, October 1989; 39th CPA Conference, Cyprus, September 1993.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Scandinavia, October 1990.

Member, Liberal Party Trade Delegation to China, November 1990.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 9.9.85 to 14.8.87. Shadow Special Minister of State from 9.9.85 to 14.8.87; Spokesman on Science from 9.9.85 to 14.8.87.

Party Positions

Chairman, State Rural Committee, Liberal Party (Tas) 1983-85 and from 1987.

Delegate, Federal Rural Committee, Liberal Party of Australia.


Born 21.8.29 at Calder, Tas.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament


Real estate consultant.