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BACK, Dr Christopher JohnBiography for BACK, Dr Christopher John

Senator for Western Australia

Liberal Party of Australia

Parliamentary Service

Chosen by the Parliament of Western Australia on 11.3.2009 under section 15 of the Constitution to represent that State in the Senate, vice the Hon. CM Ellison (resigned)(term ended 30.6.2011). Elected 2010 (term began 1.7.2011) and 2016. Resigned 31.7.17.

Parliamentary Positions

Temporary Chair of Committees from 7.7.11 to 10.5.12 and from 7.7.14 to 2.5.16.

Committee Service

Senate Standing: Regulations and Ordinances from 12.3.09 to 2.2.10; Publications from 13.11.13 to 15.3.16 and from 12.9.16 to 22.6.17; Appropriations and Staffing from 1.7.14 to 9.5.16; Library from 1.7.14 to 9.5.16; Environment and Communications: Legislation and References Committees from 12.10.15 to 9.5.16, substitute member, References on 16.11.16 and from 8.2.17 to 11.5.17; Appropriations, Staffing and Security from 1.9.16 to 22.6.17; Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation from 1.9.16; Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References from 1.9.16 to 22.6.17; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References from 1.9.16 to 22.6.17; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation from 1.9.16 to 22.6.17 (Chair from 1.9.16 to 22.6.17).

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Education, Employment and Workplace Relations from 12.3.09 to 14.5.09; Education, Employment and Workplace Relations: References Committee from 14.5.09 to 11.11.13 (Chair from 25.10.10 to 11.11.13) and Legislation Committee from 2.2.10 to 11.11.13; Education and Employment: Legislation Committee (Chair from 11.2.14 to 1.7.14) from 13.11.13 to 1.7.14 and References Committees from 13.11.13 to 1.7.14; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: Legislation Committee from 1.7.14 to 9.5.16 (Chair from 1.7.14 to 9.5.16) and References Committees from 1.7.14 to 9.5.16.

Senate Select: Reform of the Australian Federation from 11.5.10 to 30.6.11; School Funding from 11.2.14 to 9.7.14; Wind Turbines from 27.11.14 to 3.8.15; Resilience of Electricity Infrastructure in a Warming World from 24.11.16 to 31.7.17; Lending to Primary Production Customers from 20.3.17 to 22.6.17.

Joint Standing: National Capital and External Territories from 11.2.14 to 9.5.16; Treaties from 11.2.14 to 9.5.16 and from 1.9.16; Migration from 1.7.14 to 9.5.16 and from 12.9.16 to 22.6.16; Parliamentary Library from 1.7.14 to 9.5.16; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 12.9.16 to 22.6.17; Library from 12.9.16 to 22.6.17.

Joint Select: Gambling Reform from 25.10.10 to 10.5.12.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Deputy Opposition Whip in the Senate from 8.5.12 to 18.9.13.

Deputy Government Whip in the Senate from 18.9.13 to 30.6.14.

Party Positions

Member, Liberal Party WA State Council 2007-09.

Member, Liberal Party Tangney Division Executive 2006-09.

Member, Liberal Party Mt Pleasant Branch Executive 2006-09.

Member, Liberal Party State Council (WA) 2007-09.


Born 11.2.1950, Perth, WA.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

BVSc (Qld).

Curtin University and University of California Faculty 1976-84.

Chief Executive Officer, Rottnest Island Authority 1988-95.

Chief Executive Officer, Bush Fires Board of Western Australia 1995-97.

Managing director, fuel industry retail and distribution 1997-2000.

Business executive, oil and gas industry 2000-08.

Military Service

RAAF Queensland University Squadron 1968-71.