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Biography for WALTERS, Mary Shirley

Senator for Tasmania 1975-93

Liberal Party

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the Senate for Tasmania 1975 (term deemed to have begun 1.7.75), 1977, 1983 and 1987 (term expired 30.6.93).

Committee Service

Senate Standing: Library from 4.3.76 (Library Bicentenary Publications Committee Chairman from 11.11.81 to 4.2.83); Regulations and Ordinances from 9.9.81 to 4.2.83.

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Social Welfare from 24.3.76 (Chairman from 26.11.80 to 4.2.83) to 5.6.87; Community Affairs from 24.9.87 to 5.10.92 and from 23.10.92 to 30.6.93.

Senate Select: Private Hospitals and Nursing Homes from 25.11.81 (Chairman from 25.11.81 to 4.2.83) to 5.6.87; Industrial Relations Legislation from 18.5.82 to 26.10.82; Volatile Substance Fumes from 5.6.84 to 6.12.85; Video Material from 18.10.84 to 28.3.85; Human Embryo Experimentation Bill 1985 from 28.11.85 to 8.10.86; Community Standards Relevant to the Supply of Services Utilising Telecommunications Technologies from 21.6.91 to 23.6.92 and from 12.5.93 to 30.6.93.

Senate Estimates: D from 25.8.77 to 16.3.78 and from 24.9.87 to 29.9.88; C from 16.3.78 (Chairman from 7.4.78) to 2.4.81 and from 9.5.90 to 20.8.92; G from 2.4.81 to 4.2.83; B from 4.5.83 to 14.4.86 and from 6.5.86 to 24.3.87; F from 24.3.87 to 5.6.87 and from 29.9.88 to 8.5.90.

Joint Select: Family Law Act from 28.9.78 to 28.8.80; Video Material from 20.3.85 to 28.4.88.

Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Member, OECD-Council of Europe Parliamentary Symposium on Development Co-operation, Paris, December 1978.

Member, 68th IPU Annual Conference, Havana, September 1981.

Leader, Opposition Members' Delegation to Japan, March 1984.

Member of the Council of HRH the Duke of Edinburgh's Sixth Commonwealth Study Conference.

Member, 81st IPU Conference, Budapest, Hungary, March 1989.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the UK and Austria, June-July 1991.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition from April 1987 to May 1989.

Leader of the Opposition's appointee to the Board of the Australian Bicentennial Authority 1986-88.

Party Positions

Member, Joint Standing Committee on Federal Policy 1978-79.

Member, Liberal Party State Executive (Tas) 1981-82.


Born 31.8.25 at Sydney, NSW.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

Qualified nurse.


Committee Member, Southern Region, National Trust of Australia and member of numerous community organisations.