Stephen Parry (politician)

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Senator The Honourable
Stephen Parry
Stephen Parry.jpg
President of the Senate
Incumbent
Assumed office
7 July 2014
Deputy Gavin Marshall
Preceded by John Hogg
Senator for Tasmania
Incumbent
Assumed office
1 July 2005
Personal details
Born (1960-10-31) 31 October 1960 (age 53)
Burnie, Tasmania
Nationality Australian
Political party Liberal Party of Australia
Children Two sons
Occupation Funeral director

Stephen Shane Parry (born 31 October 1960), Australian politician, has been a Liberal Party member of the Australian Senate since July 2005, representing the state of Tasmania. On 7 July 2014 the Senate elected him to the position of President of the Senate.[1]

Early life[edit]

Parry was born on 31 October 1960 in Burnie, Tasmania, to William Stephen Parry and Patricia Dawn Evans. He was educated at Burnie's Marist Regional College, and following matriculation, enrolled at the Tasmanian Police Academy in Hobart.[2]

Career[edit]

Parry was employed as an officer with the Tasmanian Police from 1977 to 1986, and was promoted to Detective in 1983. After leaving the police force, he completed a certificate in Mortuary Science at the Australian College of Funeral Service, and was a funeral director from 1986 to 2004, becoming president of the Australian Funeral Directors Association. Parry was also president of the Burnie Chamber of Commerce and Industry from 2000 to 2004, and a director of the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry from 2000 to 2005.[2]

Politics[edit]

In 2004, Parry was elected to the Australian Senate for the state of Tasmania as a member of the Liberal Party of Australia. He was elected Government Deputy Whip in the Senate in November 2006 and Government Whip in April 2007[2] in succession to the late Senator Jeannie Ferris. Senator Parry was elected Opposition Whip after the 2007 federal election and on 16 February 2009, in addition to his role as Whip, he was appointed Manager of Opposition Business in the Senate.

On 4 July 2011, Parry was elected by the Senate as the Deputy President and Chairman of Committees, replacing Allan Ferguson. On 7 July 2014 the Senate elected him as its President.[1]

Personal[edit]

Stephen Parry is married with two adult sons.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Liberals' Parry elected Senate president". The Australian. AAP. 2014-07-07. Retrieved 2014-07-07. 
  2. ^ a b c Suzannah Pearce, ed. (2006-11-17). "PARRY Stephen Shane". Who's Who in Business Live!. North Melbourne, Vic: Crown Content Pty Ltd. 

External links[edit]

Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
John Hogg
President of the Australian Senate
2014–present
Incumbent