O'NEILL, DeborahBiography for O'NEILL, Deborah

Senator for New South Wales

Australian Labor Party

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Robertson, New South Wales, 2010. Defeated at general elections 2013.

Chosen by the Parliament of New South Wales on 13.11.2013 under section 15 of the Constitution to represent that State in the Senate, vice the Hon. RJ Carr (resigned)(term ended 30.6.2014).

Chosen by the Parliament of New South Wales on 2.7.2014 under section 15 of the Constitution to represent that State in the Senate, vice the Hon. RJ Carr (resigned) (term ended 9.5.2016). Elected 2016.

Parliamentary Positions

Member, Speaker's Panel from 13.3.12 to 5.8.13.

Temporary Chair of Committees from 7.7.14 to 9.5.16.

Committee Service

Senate Standing: Senators' Interests from 7.7.14 to 9.5.16 and from 1.9.16; Substitute member Environment and Communications References on 18.11.16.

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Education and Employment: Legislation and References Committees from 7.7.14 to 9.5.16, from 1.9.16 to 8.11.16, and from 5.12.17; substitute member Environment and Communications Legislation from 20.11.17 to 24.11.17; substitute member Community Affairs References from 22.3.18.

Senate Select: School Funding from 12.12.13 to 30.6.14; Health from 26.6.14 to 30.6.14 and from 7.7.14 to 9.5.16 (Chair from 7.7.14 to 9.5.16); School Funding Investment from 4.2.16 to 9.5.16.

House of Representatives Standing: Education and Employment from 25.10.10 to 5.8.13; Health and Ageing from 25.10.10 to 5.8.13.

Joint Statutory: Public Accounts and Audit from 25.10.10 to 5.8.13; Corporations and Financial Services from 14.3.12 to 5.8.13, from 15.7.14 to 9.5.16 and from 12.9.16.

Joint Standing: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 7.7.14 to 9.5.16 and from 12.9.16 to 15.2.18; Electoral Matters from 12.9.16 to 15.9.16; National Broadband Network from 15.9.16.

Joint Select: Northern Australia from 9.12.13 to 30.6.14 and from 27.8.14 to 9.5.16.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Shadow Assistant Minister for Innovation from 14.9.16.

Shadow Assistant Minister for Mental Health from 14.9.16.

Party Positions

Delegate, ALP State Conference (NSW) from 1996.

President, ALP Terrigal State Electorate Committee.

Member, ALP Health Policy Committee (NSW).

Delegate, ALP National Conference 2007 and 2009.


Born 4.6.1961, Parramatta, NSW.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

BA (Syd./UNE), MA (ACU), DipT (ACU), GradDipLitEd (Deakin).

High school teacher.

Lecturer, School of Education, University of Newcastle Central Coast Campus.

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