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Biography for KELLY, the Hon. Roslyn Joan

Member for Canberra (ACT) 1980-95

Australian Labor Party

Parliamentary Service

Australian Capital Territory: Member, ACT Legislative Assembly from 28.9.74.

Resigned 22.5.79.

Federal: Elected to the House of Representatives for Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1987, 1990 and 1993. Resigned 30.1.95.

Ministerial Appointments

Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Science and Personnel from 24.7.87 to 18.9.87.

Minister for Defence Science and Personnel from 18.9.87 to 6.4.89.

Minister for Telecommunications and Aviation Support from 6.4.89 to 4.4.90.

Minister for the Arts, Sport, the Environment, Tourism and Territories from 4.4.90 to 27.12.91.

Minister for the Arts, Sport, the Environment and Territories from 27.12.91 to 24.3.93.

Minister for the Environment, Sport and Territories from 24.3.93 to 1.3.94.

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women from 23.12.93 to 1.3.94.

Committee Service

House of Representatives Standing: Expenditure from 11.5.83 to 5.6.87.

Joint Statutory: Public Accounts from 4.6.81 to 5.6.87.

Joint: Australian Capital Territory from 4.12.80 (Chairman from 28.2.85) to 5.6.87; New Parliament House from 4.12.80 to 26.10.84; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 10.5.94 to 30.1.95.

Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Visit to Israel 1983.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the European Parliamentary Institutions, Strasbourg, Brussels and the Federal Republic of Germany, September 1986.

Official visits to New Zealand, August 1988; Europe, UK and Thailand, October 1989; New Zealand, February 1990; UK and USA, June-July 1990; New Zealand, August 1990; Switzerland, November 1990; Japan, June-July 1991; France, Belgium, UK and Singapore, December 1991; New Zealand, March 1992; Malaysia, Korea, Hong Kong, Indonesia and Singapore, April-May 1992; Brazil, May-June 1992; UK, Spain and Singapore, July-August 1992; Canada and USA, April 1993; the Netherlands, Italy and Monaco, September 1993.

Party Positions

Secretary, ALP Woden Valley Branch 1973.

Vice-President, ALP (ACT) 1974.

ACT Delegate, ALP National Conferences, 1977, 1979, 1984 and 1986.


Born 25.1.48 at Sydney, NSW.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

BA, DipEd (Syd).


Member, ACT Consumer Affairs Council 1974-79.

Foundation Member, ACT Legal Aid Commission 1974-79.

Member, Interim Schools Authority 1977.

Member, Permanent Schools Authority 1977-79.

Chairman, ACT Schools Authority 1978-79.


Description: Metropolitan and rural.

Location: Southern Canberra and outskirts; it includes the suburban areas of South Canberra, Tuggeranong, Weston Creek, Woden Valley, and the outlying rural areas of Tharwa and Tidbinbilla.

Area: 1901 sq km (approx.).

Electors enrolled: 94 273 (at 15.2.93).

Industries: Retail and service industries, government and administration, light industry, farming, tourism.