Duncan Spender

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Duncan Spender
Senator for New South Wales
Assumed office
20 March 2019
Preceded byDavid Leyonhjelm
Personal details
Born1975/1976 (age 43–44)[1]
Political partyLiberal Democrats

Duncan Peter James Spender is an Australian politician, who was a founding member of the Liberal Democratic Party in 2001.[2] In March 2019, Spender was appointed to the Australian Senate, replacing LDP senator David Leyonhjelm who resigned to contest the Legislative Council at the 2019 New South Wales state election.

Before his appointment, Spender worked as Leyonhjelm's chief of staff and senior adviser, and as the party's treasurer.[3] As the Parliament of New South Wales was dissolved for the election, Spender's appointment was made by the Governor, David Hurley,[4] with the appointment to be endorsed by the parliament in its next session.[5]

Spender's seat is for a term that ends on 30 June 2019. He will therefore face election at the 2019 Australian federal election. It is possible that he will only get to sit in the Senate for two days, and Senate Estimates for two days if he is not re-elected.[1]

Spender is the son of former Federal Court (and Industrial Court) judge, Jeffrey Spender.


  1. ^ a b Koziol, Michael (22 March 2019). "Meet Duncan Spender, poised to become one of Australia's shortest-serving senators". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 22 March 2019.
  2. ^ Aston, Heath (9 June 2016). "The party accused of forgetting women: Liberal Democrats call for 'more chicks'". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Chief of staff lands former senator's job". SBS News. 21 March 2019. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  4. ^ @SenatorRyan. "I have been advised that His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley (Ret'd), Governor of New South Wales has, pursuant to section 15 of the Constitution, appointed Duncan Spender to fill the Senate vacancy for caused by the resignation of David Leyonhjelm". Twitter. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  5. ^ @SenatorRyan. "The appointment takes effect immediately, but needs to be endorsed within 14 days of the commencement of the next session of the NSW Parliament". Twitter. Retrieved 20 March 2019.

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