Clerk of the Australian House of Representatives

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The Clerk of the House of Representatives of the Parliament of Australia is responsible for managing the Parliamentary Department of the House of Representatives. The Clerk occupies a non-elected administrative position. The term of the Clerk of the House of Representatives is now limited by law to 10 years.

The Department of the House of Representatives provides services to support the efficient conduct of the House of Representatives, its committees and certain joint committees as well as a range of services and facilities for House Members in the Australian Parliament House in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory. The Department also undertakes activities to promote the work of the House in the community and is responsible for the conduct of the Parliaments' international and regional relations.[1] As at 30 June 2012, the Department had a staff of 174.[2]

The Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives is an elected member of Parliament who has been further elected by the House of Representatives in a secret ballot to preside over the House, and has accountability obligations to the Parliament for the Department of the House of Representatives. The Clerk of the Australian House of Representatives conducts the election for Speaker.

Clerks of the House[edit]

Name Date
Jenkins, Sir George Henry, CMG (later Sir George) 1 May 1901 – 6 July 1901 (Acting)
Duffy, Charles Gavan, CMG, LLB 8 July 1901 – 31 January 1917
Gale, Walter Augustus, CMG 1 February 1917 – 27 July 1927
McGregor, John Robert 1 September 1927 – 28 September 1927
Parkes, Ernest William, CMG 27 October 1927 – 22 March 1937
Green, Frank Clifton, MC (later CBE) 23 March 1937 – 25 June 1955
Tregear, Albert Allan, BComm, AASA (later CBE) 27 June 1955 – 31 December 1958
Turner, Alan George, CBE (later Sir Alan) 1 January 1959 – 10 December 1971
Parkes, Norman James, CBE, AASA 11 December 1971 – 31 December 1976
Pettifer, John Athol, CBE, BComm, AASA 1 January 1977 – 15 July 1982
Blake, Douglas Maurice, VRD (later AM) 16 July 1982 – 30 July 1985
Browning, Alan Robert 31 July 1985 – 22 March 1991
Barlin, Lyndal McAlpin, AM 23 March 1991 – 26 July 1997
Harris, Ian Charles, BA (Hons), MA, DipEd, AO 27 July 1997 – 4 December 2009
Wright, Bernard Clive 4 December 2009 – 31 December 2013
Elder, David 1 January 2014 - Present

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