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Biography for SMITH, Silvia Joy

Member for Bass (Tas) 1993-96

Australian Labor Party

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Bass, Tasmania, 1993. Defeated at general elections 1996.

Committee Service

House of Representatives Standing: Community Affairs from 12.5.93 to 29.1.96; Employment, Education and Training from 12.5.93 to 29.1.96.

Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to India, Nepal and Bangladesh, November- December 1993.

Party Positions

President, Secretary and Treasurer, ALP West Launceston Branch 1986-93.

President, Bass Electorate Council 1988-90.

Delegate to ALP State Council (Tas) from 1987.

Delegate to ALP National Conference 1991.


Born 22.12.39 at Burnie, Tasmania.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

Infant, Primary School, Adult Education and TAFE teacher 1959-88.

Company Director and Job Club leader 1988-93.


Description: Provincial.

Location: North-east Tasmania; it includes the city of Launceston and the centres of Bridport, George Town and Scottsdale. It also includes Flinders Island.

Area: 7254 sq km (approx.).

Electors enrolled: 65 298 (at 5.2.96).

Industries: Farming, fishing, textiles, aluminium and ferrous metals, wool, meat, woodchips, timber, boat building, port facilities, brewery, wine production, education and tourism.

State electorates: Bass is co-extensive with the Tasmanian House of Assembly electorate of the same name.