Noel Crichton-Browne

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Noel Crichton-Browne
Senator for Western Australia
In office
1 July 1981 – 30 June 1996
Personal details
Born (1944-02-02) 2 February 1944 (age 73)
Wiluna, Western Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Liberal (1981–95)
Independent (1995–96)
Occupation Company manager

Noel Ashley Crichton-Browne (born 2 February 1944 at Wiluna, Western Australia) is a former member of the Australian Senate and political lobbyist.

Early life[edit]

Crichton-Browne was educated at Scotch College, Perth. Before his career in politics, he was a company manager and served as president of the Marble Bar Shire Council.


After serving as the state president of the WA division of the Liberal Party from 1975 to 1979, Crichton-Browne was elected to the Senate for Western Australia in 1980 (term beginning 1 July 1981), 1983, 1984, 1987 and 1990.

He served as a Liberal Party senator from 1 July 1981 to 9 September 1995, and thereafter as an Independent Liberal after being expelled from the Liberal Party following media publicity of his inappropriate language and behaviour towards journalist Colleen Egan.[1]

He retired from Parliament upon the expiry of his final term on 30 June 1996.


In 2008, he pleaded guilty in the ACT Magistrates Court to fraudulently claiming $4,500 in taxpayer-funded expenses for two weekends spent at holiday spots with a female companion.[2]


  1. ^ ABC Radio National's Media Report programme of Thursday, 10 August 1995 and from Crikey ( on Thursday, 12 June 2008 - A Crikey list: MPs Behaving Badly.
  2. ^ Holiday