Title Biography for CONNOLLY, David Miles
Database Biographies
Date 05-08-2020 12:48 PM
Source Parliamentary Library
Current member No
State NSW
Electorate Bradfield
System Id handbook/allmps/QF4

CONNOLLY, David MilesBiography for CONNOLLY, David Miles

Member for Bradfield (NSW)

Liberal Party of Australia

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Bradfield, New South Wales, 1974. Re-elected 1975, 1977, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1987, 1990 and 1993. Retired prior to general elections 1996.

Parliamentary Appointments

Member of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies Council from 16.4.1986 to 14.7.1987.

Committee Service

Joint Statutory: Public Accounts from 18.7.1974 to 4.2.1983 (Chair from 16.3.1976 to 4.2.1983).

Joint Standing: Foreign Affairs and Defence from 23.8.1974 to 11.11.1975; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 17.5.1990 to 14.9.1992; Electoral Matters from 26.5.1993 to 29.1.1996.

House of Representatives Standing: Expenditure from 5.5.1976 to 4.2.1983; Environment and Conservation from 10.5.1983 to 25.11.1985; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs (Aboriginal Affairs before 4.5.1992) from 19.9.1985 to 1.12.1988; Community Affairs from 8.10.1987 to 19.2.1990; Members' Interests from 16.5.1990 to 8.2.1993.

House of Representatives Select: Aboriginal Education from 19.9.1985 to 26.11.1985.

Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Member, Australian Delegation to 15th South Pacific Conference, Nauru, September-October 1975.

Member, Australian Delegation to 15th South Pacific Conference, Nauru, September-October 1975.

Leader, Australian Delegations to the Council of Europe, October 1976.

Leader, Australian Delegations to Africa, June-July 1979.

Prime Minister's Special Emissary to Cyprus and West Africa, June-July 1981.

Member, 18th Australasian and Pacific Regional Conference, Port-Vila, Vanuatu, October 1985.

Delegate, 34th CPA Conference, Canberra, September 1988.

Member, Delegation to Turkey, April-May 1990.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Romania, Greece and UK, November-December 1990.

Member, Human Rights Delegation to China 1991.

Member, 89th IPU Conference, New Delhi, April 1993.

Attended Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum, Manila, January 1994.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the European Institutions and bilateral visit to Spain, September-October 1995.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Shadow Minister for the Environment from 16.3.1983 to 14.12.1984.

Shadow Minister for Public Service Matters from 14.12.1984 to 9.9.1985.

Shadow Minister for the Arts, Heritage and the Environment from 14.12.1984 to 9.9.1985.

Shadow Minister for Aboriginal Affairs from 9.9.1985 to 14.8.1987.

Shadow Minister for Public Administration from 9.9.1985 to 14.8.1987.

Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition from 1.5.1987 to 14.8.1987.

Shadow Minister for Social Security from 14.8.1987 to 11.4.1990.

Shadow Minister for Retirement Income from 16.9.1988 to 11.4.1990.

Secretary to the Shadow Cabinet from 9.5.1990 to 23.5.1992.

Shadow Minister for Social Security from 23.5.1992 to 7.4.1993.

Shadow Minister for Privatisation and Administrative Services from 7.4.1993 to 26.5.1994.

Secretary to the Shadow Cabinet from 26.5.1994 to 25.9.1994.

Shadow Minister for Superannuation and Retirement Incomes from 25.9.1994 to 11.3.1996.

Party Positions

Founder and President of the Liberal Forum.

Research Officer for the Liberal Party State Branch (NSW) from 1959 to 1963.

Member of the Liberal Party State Executive (NSW) from 1980 to 1985.

Other Positions

Honorary Fellow of the Australian Society of Accountants from 1981.


Born 20.7.1939, Sydney, Australia


Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

BA (University of Sydney).

Private secretary to the President of the Senate from 1963 to 1965.

Australian diplomatic service from 1965 to 1974.

Military Service

Enlisted 1st Infantry Battalion (Commando), CMF from 1959 to 1960.

Flying Officer, Sydney University Squadron, RAAF, from 1960 to 1964.

Captain, HQ 2 Div. Army Reserve from 1980 to 1986.


Name: Bradfield

Location: Northern Sydney; it includes the suburbs of Belrose, Castle Cove, Davidson, Gordon, Killara, Lindfield, Pymble, Roseville, St Ives, Turramurra, Wahroonga, West Chatswood and West Pymble.

Area: 98 Sq km

Electors enrolled: 78,673 (at 28.2.1995)

Industries: Small manufacturing, service industries, commercial businesses and government offices.

Includes: Bradfield includes parts of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly electorates of Davidson, Gordon, Ku-ring-gai, Lane Cove, Northcott and Willoughby.