Dean Smith (Australian politician)
|Senator for Western Australia|
2 May 2012
|Preceded by||Judith Adams|
|Born||Dean Anthony Smith
15 May 1969
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
|Political party||Liberal Party of Australia|
|Alma mater||University of Western Australia|
Smith joined the Liberal Party at the age of 17, and later worked as a policy advisor to Premier of Western Australia Richard Court. In 1998, he was a senior advisor to Prime Minister John Howard during the Coalition's 1998 federal election campaign. In 2009, he founded Smith & Duda Consulting, a political lobbying firm, and also served as treasurer of the Liberal Party state branch in Western Australia.
Smith was appointed to the Senate on 2 May 2012 by a joint sitting of the Parliament of Western Australia, to fill a casual vacancy caused by the death of Senator Judith Adams. Smith was the first openly-LGBTI Liberal member in the Parliament of Australia and supports marriage equality in Australia. However he did oppose same-sex marriage and did vote against same-sex marriage in the past.
- Hansard: Election of Senator, Parliament of Western Australia, 2 May 2012.
- Guest, Debbie (23 April 2012). "Former Howard man steps into West Australian Senate seat". The Australian. Retrieved 2 May 2012.
- "Dean Smith confirmed as WA's newest Senator". ABC News. 2 May 2012. Retrieved 2 May 2012.
- Knott, Matthew (20 February 2015). "Liberal MP Dean Smith's views on same-sex marriage turned at 30,000ft". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
- Official website
- Senator Dean Smith - Parliament of Australia
- Summary of parliamentary voting for Senator Dean Smith on TheyVoteForYou.org.au
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