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CHILDS, Bruce KennethBiography for CHILDS, Bruce Kenneth

Senator for New South Wales

Australian Labor Party

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the Senate for New South Wales 1980 (term began 1.7.81), 1983, 1984, 1987, 1990 and 1996.

Parliamentary Positions

Temporary Chair of Committees from 5.5.93.

Committee Service

Senate Standing: Privileges from 4.5.83 (Chair from 15.6.84 to 5.6.87) to 24.2.88 and from 18.3.88; Appropriations and Staffing from 27.5.93 to 29.4.96.

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Trade and Commerce from 9.9.81 to 8.9.83; Industry and Trade from 8.9.83 (Chair from 12.9.85) to 5.6.87; Finance and Government Operations from 25.8.81 to 4.2.83; Foreign Affairs and Defence from 1.7.85 to 11.9.85; Industry, Science and Technology from 24.9.87 (Chair from 8.10.87) to 18.5.93; Industry, Science, Technology, Transport, Communications and Infrastructure from 18.5.93 (Chair from 20.5.93) to 10.10.94; Full member, Economics: Legislation Committee from 10.10.94 (Chair from 11.10.94) to 29.4.96 and References Committee from 10.10.94; Participating member, Economics: Legislation Committee from 12.12.96; Full member, Environment, Recreation, Communications and the Arts: Legislation Committee from 11.9.96 to 4.12.96.

Senate Select: Statutory Authority Financing from 2.4.83 to 13.10.83; Superannuation from 14.8.91 to 29.4.96; Aircraft Noise in Sydney from 24.8.95 to 30.11.95; Certain Land Fund Matters from 21.9.95 to 30.11.95; Victorian Casino Inquiry from 20.5.96 (Chair from 21.5.96).

Senate Estimates: E from 26.8.81 to 4.2.83; C from 4.5.83 (Chair from 23.8.85) to 5.6.87; A from 24.9.87 (Chair from 6.10.87) to 4.10.89 and from 20.10.89 (Chair from 11.5.90) to 10.10.94.

Joint Statutory: Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings from 7.10.87 to 19.2.90.

Joint: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 24.2.88.

Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to USA, January 1988.

Member, 35th CPA Conference, Barbados, October 1989; 38th CPA Conference, Nassau, The Bahamas, October 1992.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Colombia, September-October 1992.

Party Positions

Delegate, ALP Annual Conference from 1954.

Delegate or proxy delegate, ALP National Conference 1971-91.


Born 23.8.34 at Mascot, NSW.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

Etcher in photo-engraving trade.

Official and Secretary, Printers' Union 1957-71.

ALP Assistant General Secretary (NSW) 1971-80.