Members of the Australian Senate, 1985–1987
This is a list of members of the Australian Senate from 1985 to 1987. 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. 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|
|Morris, JohnJohn Morris||Labor||New South Wales||1991||1985–1990|
|Parer, WarwickWarwick Parer||Liberal||Queensland||1988||1985–2000|
|Puplick, ChrisChris Puplick||Liberal||New South Wales||1991 [b]||1978–1980, 1985–1990|
|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|
- Victorian Liberal Senator Alan Missen died on 30 March 1986. Richard Alston was appointed as his replacement on 7 May.
- New senator elected for a term from 21 February 1985 until 30 June 1991.
- Victorian Democrat Senator Don Chipp resigned on 18 August 1986. Janet Powell was appointed as his replacement on 28 August.
- The term of a territory senator ends at the dissolution of the House of Representatives, which was July 1987.
- Father of the Senate
- New South Wales Labor Senator Douglas McClelland resigned on 23 January 1987. Suzanne West was appointed as his replacement on 11 February.
- The 7th senator elected, for a term from 1 July 1985 until 30 June 1988.
- Tasmanian Liberal Senator Peter Rae resigned on 16 January 1986. Jocelyn Newman was appointed as his replacement on 13 March.
- 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.
- The 2nd non-sitting senator elected so term started on 21 February 1985 but 7th senator elected so term ended on 30 June 1988.
- "The Biographical Dictionary of the Australian Senate 1985". Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 27 March 2017.
- Representation Act 1983 (Cth).