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 is a non-elected administrative officer under the Parliamentary Service Act 1999.[1][2] 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.[3] As at 30 June 2014, the Department had a staff of 154.[4] The Clerk of the Australian House of Representatives conducts the election for Speaker.

The Department of the House of Representatives is not part of the Executive Government of Australia, being instead responsible to the Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives, who has accountability obligations for the department to the House of Representatives.

Clerks of the House[edit]

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

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