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Biography for CHARLESWORTH, Dr Richard Ian, AM

Member for Perth (WA) 1983-93

Australian Labor Party

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Perth, Western Australia, 1983, 1984, 1987 and 1990.

Retired prior to general elections 1993.

Committee Service

House of Representatives Standing: Road Safety from 10.5.83 to 26.10.84; Environment, Recreation and the Arts from 8.10.87 to 19.2.90 and from 21.8.90 to 16.10.91; Finance and Public Administration from 8.10.87 to 28.11.91; Banking, Finance and Public Administration from 28.11.91 to 8.2.93; Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 16.5.90 to 6.3.91.

House of Representatives Select: Print Media from 22.8.91 to 25.3.92.

Joint Select: Migration Regulations from 15.6.89 to 19.2.90.

Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Member, Parliamentary Visit to Israel 1985.

World Vision visit to Cambodia and Vietnam 1986.

Member, 78th IPU Conference, Bangkok, Thailand, October 1987.

Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to USSR, Mongolia and Japan, September-October 1990.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Poland, July-August 1991.

Party Positions

Trustee, Kimberley Justice Appeal 1981.


Born 6.2.52 at Perth, WA.

Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

MBBS (WAust).

Medical practitioner.

Part-time radio broadcaster (cricket) ABC.

Past member, Hospital Doctors' Association.

Member, Locum Doctors' Association.

Former WA Sheffield Shield cricketer 1972-79 (vice-captain and captain 1978-79).

Member, Australian hockey team 1972-88 (Captain 1977-84); Represented Australia at Olympic Games in 1972, 1976 (silver medal), 1980 (selected, but team did not attend), 1984 and 1988; World Cup gold medal 1986; bronze medal 1978 and 1982.

WA Sportsman of the Year 1976, 1979 and 1987.

Other Positions

Member, Parliamentary Liaison Group on AIDS.


The Young Hockey Player, London: Angus and Robertson, 1981.


Appointed Member of the Order of Australia, June 1987.

Advance Australia Award 1984.


Description: Metropolitan.

Location: Central and eastern Perth; it includes the city of Perth and the suburbs of Bayswater, Bedford, Coolbinia, Dianella, Hazelmore, Inglewood, Midvale and Mt Lawley.

Area: 119 sq km (approx.).

Electors enrolled: 74 024 (at 15.2.93).

Industries: Commercial, retail and service industries.

State electorates: Perth includes the Western Australian Legislative Assembly electorate of Maylands, and parts of Belmont, Dianella, Helena, Morley, Perth and Swan Hills.