Members of the Australian Senate, 1978–1981

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Government (34) - (1 seat majority)
Coalition
     Liberal (27)
     Country Party (6)
     CLP (1)

Opposition (27)
     Labor (27)

Crossbench (3)
     Democrat (2)
     Independent (1)
 

This is a list of members of the Australian Senate from 1 July 1978 to 30 June 1981.[1] Half of the state senators were elected at the December 1975 election and had terms due to finish on 30 June 1981; the other half of the state senators were elected at the December 1977 election and had terms due to finish on 30 June 1984. The territory senators were elected at the December 1977 election and their terms ended at the dissolution of the House of Representatives, which was October 1980.

Senator Party State End term Years in Office
Archer, BrianBrian Archer   Liberal Tasmania 1984 1975–1994
Baume, PeterPeter Baume   Liberal New South Wales 1984 1974–1991
Hon. Reg Bishop   Labor South Australia 1981 1961–1981
Bjelke-Petersen, FloFlo Bjelke-Petersen [a]   NCP Queensland 1981 1981–1993
Bonner, NevilleNeville Bonner   Liberal Queensland 1981 1971–1983
Button, JohnJohn Button   Labor Victoria 1984 1974–1993
Hon. John Carrick   Liberal New South Wales 1981 1970–1987
Hon. Jim Cavanagh   Labor South Australia 1981 1961–1981
Chaney, FredFred Chaney   Liberal Western Australia 1984 1974–1990
Hon. Don Chipp   Democrat Victoria 1984 1977–1986
Coleman, RuthRuth Coleman   Labor Western Australia 1984 1974–1987
Collard, StanStan Collard   NCP Queensland 1984 1975–1987
Colston, MalMal Colston   Labor Queensland 1984 1975–1999
Hon. Bob Cotton [b]   Liberal New South Wales 1981 1965–1978
Davidson, GordonGordon Davidson   Liberal South Australia 1981 1961, 1962, 1965–1981
Hon. Peter Durack   Liberal Western Australia 1981 1970–1993
Elstob, RonRon Elstob   Labor South Australia 1984 1978–1987
Evans, GarethGareth Evans   Labor Victoria 1984 1977–1996
Georges, GeorgeGeorge Georges   Labor Queensland 1984 1967–1987
Gietzelt, ArthurArthur Gietzelt   Labor New South Wales 1984 1970–1989
Grimes, DonDon Grimes   Labor Tasmania 1984 1974–1987
Hon. Margaret Guilfoyle   Liberal Victoria 1981 1970–1987
Hamer, DavidDavid Hamer   Liberal Victoria 1984 1978–1990
Harradine, BrianBrian Harradine   Independent Tasmania 1981 1975–2005
Hearn, JeanJean Hearn [c]   Labor Tasmania 1981 1980–1985
Jessop, DonDon Jessop   Liberal South Australia 1981 1970–1991
Keeffe, JimJim Keeffe   Labor Queensland 1981 1964–1983
Kilgariff, BernieBernie Kilgariff   CLP Northern Territory 1980, 1983 [d] 1975–1987
Knight, JohnJohn Knight [e]   Liberal Australian Capital Territory 1980 [d] 1975–1981
Lajovic, MishaMisha Lajovic   Liberal New South Wales 1984 1975–1985
Sir Condor Laucke   Liberal South Australia 1981 1967–1981
Lewis, AustinAustin Lewis   Liberal Victoria 1981 1976–1993
Ron McAuliffe   Labor Queensland 1981 1970–1981
Hon. Doug McClelland   Labor New South Wales 1981 1961–1987
Hon. Jim McClelland [f]   Labor New South Wales 1981 1970–1978
MacGibbon, DavidDavid MacGibbon   Liberal Queensland 1984 1978–1999
Gordon McIntosh   Labor Western Australia 1981 1974–1987
Geoff McLaren   Labor South Australia 1984 1970–1983
Martin, KathyKathy Martin   Liberal Queensland 1984 1974–1984
Martyr, JohnJohn Martyr [g]   Liberal Western Australia 1984 1981–1983
Mason, ColinColin Mason   Democrat New South Wales 1984 1978–1987
Maunsell, RonRon Maunsell   NCP Queensland 1981 1967–1981
Melzer, JeanJean Melzer   Labor Victoria 1981 1974–1981
Messner, TonyTony Messner   Liberal South Australia 1984 1975–1990
Missen, AlanAlan Missen   Liberal Victoria 1984 1974–1986
Mulvihill, TonyTony Mulvihill   Labor New South Wales 1984 1964–1983
Neal, LaurenceLaurence Neal [h]   NCP Victoria 1981 1980–1981
Hon. Justin O'Byrne [i]   Labor Tasmania 1981 1947–1981
Primmer, CyrilCyril Primmer   Labor Victoria 1981 1971–1985
Puplick, ChrisChris Puplick [b]   Liberal New South Wales 1981 1978–1981, 1984–1990
Rae, PeterPeter Rae   Liberal Tasmania 1981 1967–1986
Reid, MargaretMargaret Reid [e]   Liberal Australian Capital Territory 1980, 1983 [d] 1981–2003
Robertson, TedTed Robertson   Labor Northern Territory 1980, 1983 [d] 1975–1987
Rocher, AllanAllan Rocher [g]   Liberal Western Australia 1984 1978–1981
Ryan, SusanSusan Ryan   Labor Australian Capital Territory 1980, 1983 [d] 1975–1988
Scott, DouglasDouglas Scott   NCP New South Wales 1981 1970, 1974–1985
Sheil, GlenGlen Sheil [a]   NCP Queensland 1981 1974–1981
Sibraa, KerryKerry Sibraa [f]   Labor New South Wales 1981 1975–1978, 1978–1994
Sim, PeterPeter Sim   Liberal Western Australia 1981 1964–1981
Tate, MichaelMichael Tate   Labor Tasmania 1984 1977–1993
Teague, BadenBaden Teague   Liberal South Australia 1984 1977–1996
Thomas, AndrewAndrew Thomas   Liberal Western Australia 1984 1975–1983
Townley, MichaelMichael Townley   Liberal Tasmania 1981 1970–1987
Walsh, PeterPeter Walsh   Labor Western Australia 1984 1974–1993
Walters, ShirleyShirley Walters   Liberal Tasmania 1984 1975–1993
Watson , JohnJohn Watson   Liberal Tasmania 1984 1978–2008
Hon. James Webster [h]   NCP Victoria 1981 1964–1980
Hon. John Wheeldon   Labor Western Australia 1981 1964–1981
Rt. Hon. Reg Withers   Liberal Western Australia 1981 1966, 1967–1987
Hon. Ken Wriedt [c]   Labor Tasmania 1981 1964–1980
Young, HaroldHarold Young   Liberal South Australia 1984 1968–1981

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Queensland NCP Senator Glen Sheil resigned in early 1981. Flo Bjelke-Petersen was appointed as his replacement on 12 March for a term ending 30 June 1981.
  2. ^ a b New South Wales Liberal Senator Bob Cotton resigned on 13 July 1978. Chris Puplick was appointed as his replacement on 26 July for a term ending 30 June 1981.
  3. ^ a b Tasmanian Labor Senator Ken Wriedt resigned on 25 September 1980 in order to contest the Australian House of Representatives seat of Denison at the 1980 election. Jean Hearn was appointed as his replacement on 15 October for a term ending 30 June 1981.
  4. ^ a b c d e The term of a territory senator ends at the dissolution of the House of Representatives, which was October 1980.
  5. ^ a b Australian Capital Territory Liberal Senator John Knight died on 4 March 1981. Margaret Reid was appointed as his replacement on 5 May for a term ending at the October 1980 election.
  6. ^ a b New South Wales Labor Senator Jim McClelland resigned on 21 July 1978. Kerry Sibraa was appointed as his replacement on 9 August for a term ending 30 June 1981.
  7. ^ a b Western Australian Liberal Senator Allan Rocher resigned in early 1981 to contest the 1981 Curtin by-election. John Martyr was appointed as his replacement on 11 March for a term ending 30 June 1984.
  8. ^ a b Victorian National Pary Senator James Webster resigned on 21 January 1980. Laurence Neal was appointed as his replacement on 11 March for a term ending 30 June 1981.
  9. ^ Father of the Senate

References[edit]

 

Members of the Australian Parliament
House of Representatives

1975–1977  · 1977–1980  · 1980–1983

Senate

1975–1978  · 1978–1981  · 1981–1983