Alan Ferguson

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The Honourable
Alan Ferguson
President of the Australian Senate
In office
14 August 2007 – 25 August 2008
Preceded by Paul Calvert
Succeeded by John Hogg
Senator for South Australia
In office
26 May 1992 – 30 June 2011
Preceded by John Olsen
Personal details
Born (1943-09-16) 16 September 1943 (age 73)
Maitland, South Australia
Nationality Australian Australia
Political party Liberal Party of Australia
Alma mater Scotch College, Adelaide
Profession Farmer

Alan Baird Ferguson (born 16 September 1943), Australian politician, has been a Liberal member of the Australian Senate since May 1992, representing South Australia.[1] On 14 August 2007 Senator Ferguson became the 22nd President of the Australian Senate, succeeding Senator Paul Calvert of Tasmania. He was succeeded as president by Queensland Senator John Hogg on 26 August 2008, becoming deputy president.[1]

Ferguson was born in Maitland, South Australia. He became a farmer, then a manager of farms.[1] Before entering politics, Ferguson was educated at Weetulta Rural School[2] and later at Scotch College in Adelaide. He was president of the South Australian Division of the Liberal Party 1990-92.[3]

For eight years until his election as president, Ferguson chaired the influential Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade in the Australian Parliament.


  1. ^ a b c "Biography for FERGUSON, the Hon. Alan Baird". Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 22 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "Alan Ferguson, Senator for South Australia First Speech". Parliament of Australia. 22 June 1992. Archived from the original on 9 May 2010. Retrieved 25 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Senator Alan Ferguson". 6 November 2009. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Paul Calvert
President of the Australian Senate
Succeeded by
John Hogg