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HUMPHRIES, Gary John JosephBiography for HUMPHRIES, Gary John Joseph

Senator for the Australian Capital Territory 2003-13

Liberal Party of Australia

Parliamentary Service

Australian Capital Territory: elected to the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly 1989. Resigned 24.1.2003.

Federal: chosen by the Legislative Assembly of the Australian Capital Territory on 18.2.2003, under section 44 of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to represent the Australian Capital Territory in the Senate, vice Senator the Hon. ME Reid (resigned). Elected 2004, 2007 and 2010 (Territory Senators serve for the same term as the House of Representatives). Retired prior to general elections 2013.

Parliamentary Appointments

Parliamentary Representative on the Council of the National Library of Australia from 1.7.11 to 6.9.13.

Parliamentary Positions

Temporary Chair of Committees from 26.6.08 to 2.2.10.

Ministerial Appointments

Australian Capital Territory: Minister for Health, Education and the Arts 1989-91.

Minister for Arts and Heritage; Environment, Land and Planning; Police and Emergency Services; and Fair Trading 1995-98.

Attorney-General 1995-2000.

Deputy Chief Minister 1997-2000.

Minister for Health and Community Care 1998.

Minister Assisting the Treasurer 1998-99.

Treasurer 1999-2001.

Chief Minister 2000-01.

Committee Service

Australian Capital Territory: Standing: Conservation, Heritage and Environment 1989.

Select: Establishment of Casino 1989; Hospital Bed Numbers (Chair) 1991.

Federal: Senate Standing: Privileges from 20.3.03 to 11.2.08 and from 19.3.12 to 6.9.13; Senators' Interests from 20.3.03 to 6.9.13.

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Community Affairs: Legislation and References Committees from 20.3.03 to 11.9.06; Community Affairs from 11.9.06 to 14.5.09; Education, Employment and Workplace Relations from 1.7.08 to 14.5.09; Education, Employment and Workplace Relations: Legislation and References Committees from 14.5.09 to 2.2.10; Legal and Constitutional Affairs: Legislation and References Committees from 1.7.11 to 6.9.13.

Senate Select: Medicare from 15.5.03 to 11.2.04; Ministerial Discretion in Migration Matters from 24.6.03 to 31.3.04; Mental Health from 10.3.05 to 28.4.06.

Joint Statutory: Public Accounts and Audit from 25.3.03 to 17.10.07; Human Rights from 16.3.12 to 29.10.12.

Joint Standing: National Capital and External Territories from 14.2.08 to 7.9.09 and from 27.10.09 to 5.8.13; Parliamentary Library from 1.7.11 (Joint Chair) to 5.8.13.

Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Member, Parliamentary Delegations to New Zealand, April 2008 and August 2009.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Rwanda and Tanzania, September-October 2009.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Indonesia and Tonga, September-October 2011.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Australian Capital Territory: Opposition Whip.

Manager of Opposition Business in the Legislative Assembly.

Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry. Shadow Minister for Police and Emergency Services; Legal and Consumer Affairs; Electoral Matters; the Arts and the Family; Shadow Attorney-General.

Deputy Leader of the Opposition 1989-93.

Leader of the Opposition 1991 and 2001-02.

Federal: Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Families, Housing and Human Services from 8.12.09 to 14.9.10; Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Citizenship from 8.12.09 to 14.9.10; Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to the Attorney-General from 14.9.10; Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Materiel from 14.9.10

Party Positions

President, Liberal Party (ACT) 1987-89.

Member, Liberal Party Federal Executive 1987-89.


Born 6.7.1958, Sydney, NSW.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament


Solicitor 1983-87.

Legal Officer, ACT Administration 1987-88.

Private Secretary to Senator AE Vanstone 1988-89.

Member, ACT Legislative Assembly (see Parliamentary Service above) 1989-2003.