Members of the Australian Senate, 2008–2011

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This is a list of members of the Australian Senate between 1 July 2008 and 30 June 2011. This includes senators elected at the 2004 federal election (whose terms are 2005–2011), and those elected at the 2007 federal election (whose terms are 2008–2014). The Coalition holds 37 seats, Labor 32 seats, Greens five seats, Family First one seat, and one independent, Nick Xenophon.

Assuming party discipline, the Gillard Labor government needed the support of either the Coalition, or of all the other non-Coalition senators to pass legislation.[1] Under Australian Senate rules, tied votes are resolved in the negative.

Senator Party State Years in office
Hon Eric Abetz Liberal Tasmania 1994–present
Judith Adams Liberal Western Australia 2005–2012
Hon Mark Arbib Labor New South Wales 2008–2012
Dr Chris Back a Liberal Western Australia 2009–present
Guy Barnett Liberal Tasmania 2002–2011
Cory Bernardi Liberal South Australia 2006–present
Catryna Bilyk Labor Tasmania 2008–present
Simon Birmingham Liberal South Australia 2007–present
Mark Bishop Labor Western Australia 1996–2014
Hon Ron Boswell National Queensland 1983–2014
Sue Boyce Liberal Queensland 2007–2014
Hon George Brandis Liberal Queensland 2000–present
Dr Bob Brown Green Tasmania 1996–2012
Carol Brown Labor Tasmania 2005–present
David Bushby Liberal Tasmania 2007–present
Doug Cameron Labor New South Wales 2008–present
Hon Kim Carr Labor Victoria 1993–present
Michaelia Cash Liberal Western Australia 2008–present
Hon Richard Colbeck Liberal Tasmania 2002–2016
Hon Jacinta Collins Labor Victoria 1995–2005, 2008–present
Hon Stephen Conroy Labor Victoria 1996–2016
Hon Helen Coonan Liberal New South Wales 1996–2011
Mathias Cormann Liberal Western Australia 2008–present
Trish Crossin Labor Northern Territory 1998–2013
Dr Alan Eggleston Liberal Western Australia 1996–2014
Hon Chris Ellison a Liberal Western Australia 1993–2009
Hon Chris Evans Labor Western Australia 1993–2013
Hon Don Farrell Labor South Australia 2008–2014, 2016–present
Hon John Faulkner Labor New South Wales 1989–2015
Hon David Feeney Labor Victoria 2008–2013
Hon Alan Ferguson Liberal South Australia 1992–2011
Steve Fielding Family First Victoria 2005–2011
Concetta Fierravanti-Wells Liberal New South Wales 2005–present
Mitch Fifield Liberal Victoria 2004–present
Mary Jo Fisher Liberal South Australia 2007–2012
Michael Forshaw Labor New South Wales 1994–2011
Mark Furner Labor Queensland 2008–2014
Sarah Hanson-Young Green South Australia 2008–present
Hon Bill Heffernan Liberal New South Wales 1996–2016
Hon John Hogg Labor Queensland 1996–2014
Gary Humphries Liberal Australian Capital Territory 2003–2013
Annette Hurley Labor South Australia 2005–2011
Steve Hutchins Labor New South Wales 1999–2011
Hon David Johnston Liberal Western Australia 2002–2016
Barnaby Joyce National Queensland 2005–2013
Helen Kroger Liberal Victoria 2008–2014
Scott Ludlam Green Western Australia 2008–present
Hon Joe Ludwig Labor Queensland 1999–2016
Hon Kate Lundy Labor Australian Capital Territory 1996–2015
Hon Ian Macdonald Liberal Queensland 1990–present
Gavin Marshall Labor Victoria 2002–present
Hon Brett Mason Liberal Queensland 1999–2015
Anne McEwen Labor South Australia 2005–2016
Julian McGauran Liberal Victoria 1987–1990, 1993–2011
Hon Jan McLucas Labor Queensland 1999–2016
Christine Milne Green Tasmania 2005–2015
Hon Nick Minchin Liberal South Australia 1993–2011
Claire Moore Labor Queensland 2002–present
Fiona Nash National New South Wales 2005–present
Kerry O'Brien Labor Tasmania 1996–2011
Stephen Parry Liberal Tasmania 2005–present
Marise Payne Liberal New South Wales 1997–present
Helen Polley Labor Tasmania 2005–present
Louise Pratt Labor Western Australia 2008–2014, 2016–present
Hon Michael Ronaldson Liberal Victoria 2005–2016
Scott Ryan Liberal Victoria 2008–present
Hon Nigel Scullion CLP b Northern Territory 2001–present
Hon Nick Sherry Labor Tasmania 1990–2012
Rachel Siewert Green Western Australia 2005–present
Hon Ursula Stephens Labor New South Wales 2002–2014
Glenn Sterle Labor Western Australia 2005–present
Hon Judith Troeth Liberal Victoria 1993–2011
Russell Trood Liberal Queensland 2005–2011
John Williams National New South Wales 2008–present
Hon Penny Wong Labor South Australia 2002–present
Dana Wortley Labor South Australia 2005–2011
Nick Xenophon Independent South Australia 2008–present

See also[edit]


a ^ Western Australian Liberal Senator Chris Ellison resigned on 30 January 2009. Dr Chris Back was sworn in as his replacement on 12 March 2009.
b ^ Northern Territory Senator Nigel Scullion was elected as a candidate of the Country Liberal Party, which is the equivalent of both the Nationals and Liberals in the Northern Territory. He sits with the Nationals and now serves as that party's deputy leader.


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