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REYNOLDS, the Hon. MargaretBiography for REYNOLDS, the Hon. Margaret

Senator for Queensland 1983-99

Australian Labor Party

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the Senate for Queensland 1983 (term deemed to have begun 1.7.82).

Re-elected 1984, 1987 and 1993 (retired 30.6.99).

Parliamentary Positions

Temporary Chair of Committees from 2.3.95 to 30.6.99.

Ministerial Appointments

Parliamentary Secretary for Local Government from 24.7.87 to 18.9.87.

Minister for Local Government from 18.9.87 to 4.4.90.

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on the Status of Women from 19.1.88 to 4.4.90.

Committee Service

Senate Standing: Library from 4.5.83 to 21.2.85; House from 26.2.85 to 5.6.87 and from 11.5.90 to 29.4.96; Publications from 11.5.90 to 30.5.95; Privileges from 1.7.93 (Chair from 1.7.93) to 29.4.96.

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Education and the Arts from 21.4.83 to 5.6.87; Science, Technology and the Environment from 21.4.83 to 21.2.85; Finance and Government Operations from 14.11.85 to 5.6.87; Constitutional and Legal Affairs from 25.2.87 to 5.6.87; Community Affairs from 11.5.90 to 17.10.90 and from 5.11.90 to 28.9.93; Rural and Regional Affairs from 10.9.91 to 30.6.93; Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 1.7.93 to 10.10.94; Full member, Environment, Recreation, Communications and the Arts: Legislation Committee from 10.10.94 to 29.4.96 and References Committee from 10.10.94 to 24.9.97 and from 30.12.97 to 9.11.98; Participating member, Community Affairs: Legislation Committee from 17.9.96 to 9.11.98; Participating member, Finance and Public Administration: Legislation Committee from 17.9.96 to 9.11.98.

Senate Select: Volatile Substance Fumes from 26.2.85 to 6.12.85; Community Standards Relevant to the Supply of Services Utilising Electronic Technologies from 14.8.91 (Chair from 14.8.91) to 23.6.92 and from 12.5.93 to 26.6.97 (Chair from 13.5.93 to 29.4.96); Land Fund Bill from 30.11.94 to 9.2.95; Uranium Mining and Milling from 22.5.96 to 15.5.97; Information Technologies from 23.9.97 to 30.9.97 and from 27.1.98 to 9.11.98.

Senate Estimates: E from 4.5.83 to 16.4.85; D from 16.4.85 to 23.9.85; from 20.3.86 (Chair from 18.4.85 to 12.9.85 and from 10.4.86) to 24.3.87 and from 6.5.93 to 19.8.93; F from 24.3.87 (Chair from 24.3.87) to 5.6.87; C from 9.5.90 to 6.5.93 and from 19.8.93 (Chair from 31.8.93) to 10.10.94.

Joint Statutory: Public Accounts from 13.12.83 to 26.10.84 and from 14.5.90 to 12.5.94; National Crime Authority from 16.5.90 to 20.2.91; Native Title from 25.3.94 to 29.3.95; Native Title and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Fund from 29.3.95 to 28.8.97 and from 13.5.98 to 30.6.99; Australian Security Intelligence Organization from 8.3.95 to 29.1.96.

Joint Standing: Australian Capital Territory from 11.5.83 to 26.10.84; New Parliament House from 28.2.85 to 5.6.87; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 18.5.93 to 29.1.96 and from 29.5.97 to 30.6.99; Treaties from 5.3.98 to 30.6.99.

Joint Select: Video Material from 31.5.85 to 5.6.87.

Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the European Parliamentary Institutions, Strasbourg and Berlin, September-October 1985.

Ministerial visits to New Zealand, March 1989; Japan, Philippines and Indonesia, January 1990.

Member, 84th IPU Conference, Punta del Este, Uruguay, October 1990.

Adviser, UN Conference on Human Rights, Vienna, June 1993.

Adviser, Australian Delegation, UN Conference on Population and Development, Cairo, September 1994.

Member, Official Delegation to 40th CPA Conference, Banff, Canada, and bilateral visit to Mexico, September-October 1994.

Adviser, Australian Delegation, UN 4th World Conference on Women, Beijing, September 1995.

Parliamentary Adviser, United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), New York, September-December 1997.

Party Positions

Member, ALP State Council (Qld) 1981-83.

North Queensland ALP Organiser 1982-83.

Member, ALP National Platform Committee on Aboriginal and Islander Affairs from 1983.

Member, ALP National Platform Committee on Status of Women 1983.

Member, ALP National Platform Committee on Foreign Policy 1986-87.

Chair, ALP Caucus Status of Women Policy Committee from 1995.

Other Positions

Representative on the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation 1991-96.

Member, Parliamentary Education Office Advisory Committee.


Born 19.7.41 at Launceston, Tas.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

BA (Qld), DipSpEd (James Cook).

Teacher 1960-76.

Lecturer 1977-82.


HERstory: Australian Labor women in Federal, State and Territory Parliaments 1925-1994, M. Reynolds, Townsville, Queensland, 1994 (co-edited with Jean Willoughby).

The last bastion: Labor women working towards equality in the Parliaments of Australia, M. Reynolds, Business and Professional Publishing, Sydney, 1995.

Local Government Service

Councillor, Townsville City Council 1979-83.