Members of the Australian Senate, 1985–1987

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Government (34)

     Labor (34) - (5 seat minority)

Opposition (33)
     Liberal (27)
     National Party (5)
     CLP (1)

Crossbench (9)
     Democrat (7)
     Nuclear Disarmament Party (1) [i]
     Independent (Harradine) (1)
 
Changes in composition

  1. ^ Jo Vallentine was elected as a Nuclear Disarmament Party member, but resigned in 1985 and served out the remainder of her term as an independent.

This is a list of members of the Australian Senate from 1985 to 1987.[1] The number of senators was increased from ten to twelve senators for each of the six States of Australia. The representation of the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory remained at two senators each. 30 Senators were elected at the 1983 double dissolution election and had terms due to finish on 30 June 1988. 46 Senators were elected at the 1984 election, rather than the normal case of only half of the state senators being elected.

With the increase in numbers, the first two non-sitting senators were chosen for a term from the first sitting date 21 February 1985 until 30 June 1991. The last senator was elected for a term from 1 July 1985 until 30 June 1988.[2] However, in fact, the Senate was dissolved on 5 June 1987 for another double dissolution election on 11 July 1987. The four territory senators were elected in December 1984 and their terms ended at the dissolution of the House of Representatives in June 1987.

Senator Party State End term Years in Office
Alston, RichardRichard Alston [a]   Liberal Victoria 1991 1986–2004
Archer, BrianBrian Archer   Liberal Tasmania 1991 1975–1994
Aulich, TerryTerry Aulich   Labor Tasmania 1991 1984–1993
Baume, MichaelMichael Baume   Liberal New South Wales 1991 [b] 1985–1996
Hon. Peter Baume   Liberal New South Wales 1988 1974–1991
Bjelke-Petersen, FloFlo Bjelke-Petersen   National Queensland 1988 1980–1993
Black, JohnJohn Black   Labor Queensland 1991 [b] 1985–1990
Bolkus, NickNick Bolkus   Labor South Australia 1991 1981–2005
Boswell, RonRon Boswell   National Queensland 1991 1983–2014
Brownhill, DavidDavid Brownhill   National New South Wales 1991 [b] 1985–2000
Hon. John Button   Labor Victoria 1988 1974–1993
Hon. Sir John Carrick   Liberal New South Wales 1988 1970–1987
Hon. Fred Chaney   Liberal Western Australia 1988 1974–1990
Childs, BruceBruce Childs   Labor New South Wales 1991 1980–1997
Hon. Don Chipp [c]   Democrat Victoria 1988 1977–1986
Coates, JohnJohn Coates   Labor Tasmania 1991 1980–1996
Coleman, RuthRuth Coleman   Labor Western Australia 1988 1974–1987
Collard, StanStan Collard   National Queensland 1988 1975–1987
Colston, MalMal Colston   Labor Queensland 1988 1975–1999
Cooney, BarneyBarney Cooney   Labor Victoria 1991 [b] 1985–2002
Cook, PeterPeter Cook   Labor Western Australia 1991 1983–2005
Crichton-Browne, NoelNoel Crichton-Browne   Liberal Western Australia 1991 1980–1996
Crowley, RosemaryRosemary Crowley   Labor South Australia 1991 1983–2002
Devlin, RayRay Devlin   Labor Tasmania 1991 [b] 1985–1990
Hon. Peter Durack   Liberal Western Australia 1988 1970–1993
Elstob, RonRon Elstob   Labor South Australia 1988 1977–1987
Hon. Gareth Evans   Labor Victoria 1988 1977–1996
Foreman, DominicDominic Foreman   Labor South Australia 1988 1980–1997
Georges, GeorgeGeorge Georges   Labor Queensland 1988 1967–1987
Hon. Arthur Gietzelt   Labor New South Wales 1988 1970–1989
Giles, PatriciaPatricia Giles   Labor Western Australia 1991 1980–1993
Hon. Don Grimes   Labor Tasmania 1988 1974–1987
Hon. Dame Margaret Guilfoyle   Liberal Victoria 1988 1970–1987
Haines, JanineJanine Haines   Democrat South Australia 1988 1977–1978, 1980–1990
Hamer, DavidDavid Hamer   Liberal Victoria 1991 1977–1990
Harradine, BrianBrian Harradine   Independent Tasmania 1988 1975–2005
Hill, RobertRobert Hill   Liberal South Australia 1988 1981–2006
Jessop, DonDon Jessop   Liberal South Australia 1991 1970–1991
Jones, GerryGerry Jones   Labor Queensland 1991 1980–1996
Kilgariff, BernieBernie Kilgariff   CLP Northern Territory 1987 [d] 1975–1987
Knowles, SusanSusan Knowles   Liberal Western Australia 1991 [b] 1985–2005
Lewis, AustinAustin Lewis   Liberal Victoria 1988 1976–1993
Hon. Doug McClelland [e][f]   Labor New South Wales 1988 1961–1987
MacGibbon, DavidDavid MacGibbon   Liberal Queensland 1991 1977–1999
Gordon McIntosh   Labor Western Australia 1988 1974–1987
Jim McKiernan   Labor Western Australia 1991 [b] 1985–2002
Macklin, MichaelMichael Macklin   Democrat Queensland 1988 [g] 1980–1990
Maguire, GrahamGraham Maguire   Labor South Australia 1991 1983–1993
Mason, ColinColin Mason   Democrat New South Wales 1988 [g] 1977–1987
Hon. Tony Messner   Liberal South Australia 1988 1975–1990
{{sortname|Alan|Missen]] [a]   Liberal Victoria 1991 1974–1986
Morris, JohnJohn Morris   Labor New South Wales 1991 1985–1990
{{sortname|Jocelyn|Newman]] [h]   Liberal Tasmania 1988 1986–2002
Parer, WarwickWarwick Parer   Liberal Queensland 1988 1985–2000
{{sortname|Janet|Powell]] [c]   Democrat Victoria 1988 1986–1993
Puplick, ChrisChris Puplick   Liberal New South Wales 1991 [b] 1978–1980, 1985–1990
{{sortname|Peter|Rae]] [h]   Liberal Tasmania 1988 1967–1986
Ray, RobertRobert Ray   Labor Victoria 1991 1981–2008
Reid, MargaretMargaret Reid   Liberal Australian Capital Territory 1987 [d] 1981–2003
Reynolds, MargaretMargaret Reynolds   Labor Queensland 1991 1983–1999
Richardson, GrahamGraham Richardson   Labor New South Wales 1988 1983–1994
Robertson, TedTed Robertson   Labor Northern Territory 1987 [d] 1975–1987
Hon. Susan Ryan   Labor Australian Capital Territory 1987 [d] 1975–1988
Sanders, NormNorm Sanders   Democrat Tasmania 1988 [g] 1985–1990
Sheil, GlenGlen Sheil   National Queensland 1991 [b] 1974–1981, 1985–1990
Short, JimJim Short   Liberal Victoria 1991 [b] 1985–1997
Sibraa, KerryKerry Sibraa   Labor New South Wales 1991 1975–1978, 1978–1994
Siddons, JohnJohn Siddons   Democrat Victoria 1988 [g] 1980–1983, 1985–1987
Tate, MichaelMichael Tate   Labor Tasmania 1988 1977–1993
Teague, BadenBaden Teague   Liberal South Australia 1991 1977–1996
Townley, MichaelMichael Townley   Liberal Tasmania 1991 1970–1987
Vallentine, JoJo Vallentine   NDP/Independent [i] Western Australia 1988 [g] 1984–1992
Vanstone, AmandaAmanda Vanstone   Liberal South Australia 1991 [b] 1985–2007
Vigor, DavidDavid Vigor   Democrat South Australia 1988 [j] 1985–1987
Walsh, PeterPeter Walsh   Labor Western Australia 1988 1974–1993
Walters, ShirleyShirley Walters   Liberal Tasmania 1988 1975–1993
Watson, JohnJohn Watson   Liberal Tasmania 1991 1978–2008
West, SuzanneSuzanne West [f]   Labor New South Wales 1988 1987, 1990–2002
Rt. Hon. Reg Withers   Liberal Western Australia 1991 1966, 1967–1987
Zakharov, OliveOlive Zakharov   Labor Victoria 1991 1983–1995

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Victorian Liberal Senator Alan Missen died on 30 March 1986. Richard Alston was appointed as his replacement on 7 May.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k New senator elected for a term from 21 February 1985 until 30 June 1991.
  3. ^ a b Victorian Democrat Senator Don Chipp resigned on 18 August 1986. Janet Powell was appointed as his replacement on 28 August.
  4. ^ a b c d The term of a territory senator ends at the dissolution of the House of Representatives, which was July 1987.
  5. ^ Father of the Senate
  6. ^ a b New South Wales Labor Senator Douglas McClelland resigned on 23 January 1987. Suzanne West was appointed as his replacement on 11 February.
  7. ^ a b c d e The 7th senator elected, for a term from 1 July 1985 until 30 June 1988.
  8. ^ a b Tasmanian Liberal Senator Peter Rae resigned on 16 January 1986. Jocelyn Newman was appointed as his replacement on 13 March.
  9. ^ Jo Vallentine was elected as a Nuclear Disarmament Party member, but resigned in 1985 as the party collapsed amidst allegations of Socialist Workers Party entryism. She served out the remainder of her term as an independent, though she registered the Vallentine Peace Group as an electoral vehicle for her supporters.
  10. ^ The 2nd non-sitting senator elected so term started on 21 February 1985 but 7th senator elected so term ended on 30 June 1988.

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