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Biography for GILES, Patricia Jessie

Senator for Western Australia 1981-93

Australian Labor Party

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the Senate for Western Australia 1980 (term began 1.7.81), 1983, 1984 and 1987 (term expired 30.6.93).

Parliamentary Positions

Temporary Chairman of Committees from 27.11.85 to 30.6.93.

Committee Service

Senate Standing: Regulations and Ordinances from 11.9.85 (Chairman from 18.10.90) to 20.8.92; Library from 24.2.88 to 30.6.93; Privileges from 24.2.88 (Chairman from 18.3.88) to 30.6.93.

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Social Welfare from 25.8.81 to 5.6.87; Education and the Arts from 27.8.81 to 4.2.83; Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 24.9.87 to 30.6.93.

Senate Select: Private Hospitals and Nursing Homes from 27.10.81 to 4.2.83 and from 11.5.83 (Chairman from 11.5.83) to 5.6.87; Television Equalisation from 5.12.86 to 23.3.87.

Senate Estimates: G from 26.8.81 to 4.2.83; B from 4.5.83 (Chairman from 5.5.83) to 24.3.87; F from 24.3.87 to 5.6.87 and from 29.9.88 to 8.5.90; D from 24.9.87 to 29.9.88; E from 9.5.90 to 11.5.90 and from 11.4.91 to 17.9.92; C from 11.5.90 to 20.9.90 and from 6.5.93 to 30.6.93.

Joint Statutory: Public Accounts from 24.2.87 to 30.6.93.

Joint Standing: Australian Capital Territory from 11.5.83 to 5.6.87.

Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Member, Australian Government Delegation to Tribune, Mexico, International Women's Year 1975.

Leader, Australian Government Delegation to World Conference for the End of the Decade for Women, Nairobi, July 1985.

Leader, Australian Delegation to Meeting of Commonwealth Ministers for Women's Affairs, Nairobi, 1985; Harare, Zimbabwe, 1987; Ottawa, Canada, 1990.

Parliamentary Adviser, United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), New York, September-December 1992.

Party Positions

Delegate, ALP State Executive (WA) from 1973.

Member, ALP Administrative Committee (WA) 1976-81.

President, Curtin Electorate Council 1978-79.

Vice-President, ALP (WA) 1981.

Delegate, ALP National Status of Women Committee 1981, and convenor 1983 and 1985.

Delegate, ALP National Conference 1981, 1982, 1984, 1986 and 1988.

WA Delegate to ALP National Executive 1981-89.

Junior Vice-President, ALP National Executive 1983-85.

Convenor, ALP National Platform Committee on Social Security and Community Services 1987.

Delegate, ALP National Policy Committee on Government Administration 1990.


Born 16.11.28 at Minlaton, SA.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

BA (WAust).

Trained nurse: General, midwifery and infant welfare.

Organiser, Hospital Employees Union.

Member, Health Education Council of WA 1971-81.

Inaugural Convenor, Women's Electoral Lobby, Perth 1973.

Chair, WA Committee on Discrimination in Employment and Occupation 1974-76.

Member, WA Committee, Advisory Committee on Homeless Persons 1975-81.

Member, Women's Employment Committee of National Consultative Council 1978-81.

Member, Review Committee, Legal Aid Commission of WA 1978-81.

Chair, ACTU Women's Committee 1978-81.

Other Positions

Inaugural Member, World Women Parliamentarians for Peace from 1985; President 1988-90.

Member, Women for a Meaningful Summit from 1986.

Special Parliamentary Adviser to Minister Assisting Prime Minister on Violence Against Women 1990.