|Senator Dr Chris Back|
|Senator for Western Australia|
12 March 2009
|Preceded by||Chris Ellison|
11 February 1950 |
Perth, Western Australia
|Political party||Liberal Party of Australia|
|Alma mater||University of Queensland|
Christopher John "Chris" Back (born 11 February 1950) was voted by a joint sitting of the Western Australian Parliament to replace the Hon.Chris Ellison, who had resigned in January. He has been a Liberal Party member of the Australian Senate since 2009. He commenced his new term in the Australian Senate on the 1st of July 2011.
Dr Chris Back was born in Perth. He is a qualified veterinarian, after graduating with a degree in veterinary science from the University of Queensland. He has extensive experience as a veterinarian having worked predominantly in large animal practice in Western Australia, Victoria and the United States.
He also lectured at Muresk Institute where he introduced the first equine management course in Australasia.
He then became chief executive officer of Rottnest Island where he focussed on developing the island's failing infrastructure, increasing tourism and driving an active environmental agenda which has now seen the revegetation of more than one million native plants on the island.
In 1995, Dr Back was appointed chief executive officer of the Bush Fires Board of Western Australia which is now part of the Fire and Emergency Services Authority of Western Australia. In that role, Dr Back introduced water bombing aircraft and updated volunteer equipment. He received the Prime Minister's Gold Award for technological achievement recognising the work undertaken in using satellites to track wildfires in remote locations.
Dr Back then moved to Tasmania and purchased the retail and distribution business of a major oil company. Following this, he assumed a business executive role in SE Asia, India and the Middle East servicing oil majors and military clients and subsequently assisting in the establishment of a multi-national oil and gas services company.
Dr Back's vision guiding his role as a senator is: Towards an Australian community in which every member is safe, feels valued and contributes to a sustainable future.
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