Warwick Parer

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The Honourable
Warwick Parer
Senator for Queensland
In office
22 November 1984 – 11 February 2000
Preceded by Kathy Martin
Succeeded by George Brandis
Personal details
Born (1936-04-06)6 April 1936
Wau, Papua New Guinea
Died 15 March 2014(2014-03-15) (aged 77)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Liberal Party of Australia
Alma mater University of Melbourne
Occupation Mining Executive/Politician

Warwick Raymond Parer, AM (6 April 1936 – 14 March 2014) was an Australian politician who was a Liberal member of the Australian Senate, representing the state of Queensland. He was a nephew of Australian war photographer Damien Parer.

Born in Wau, Papua New Guinea, he was educated at St. Joseph's Nudgee College in Brisbane, and at the University of Melbourne, where he received a Bachelor of Commerce.[1]

Parer became a member of the Senate in 1985, and from March 1996 to October 1998 was Minister for Resources and Energy in John Howard's government. He retired from the Senate on 11 February 2000, and his vacant seat was taken by George Brandis under Section 15 of the Australian Constitution.[2]

He was Chair of the Coalition of Australian Governments Independent Energy Review Panel and a member of the Governing Council of the Old Parliament House (Qld).

He was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2005.[3]

Parer served as President of the Queensland Liberal Party from 2006 until February 2008.

He was also appointed Chair of the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital Foundation in 2010, and Chairman of the Board of Stanwell Corporation Limited in May 2012.[4]


Parer died on Friday 14 March 2014.[5][6]


  1. ^ Senator Paul Calvert: Official Hansard, Australian Senate, 6 March 2000.
  2. ^ Election Results for Senate – Queensland, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 24 September 2004.
  3. ^ It's an Honour. Retrieved 15 March 2014
  4. ^ Our Structure - Stanwell, [Stanwell Corporation], 18 September 2013.
  5. ^ Robtn Ironside, "Tributes flow for former Liberal Senator Warwick Parer", The Sunday Mail, 16 March 2014. Retrieved 16 March 2014
  6. ^ Hilton, Anna (15 March 2014). "Queensland pays tribute to Warwick Parer". Queensland Government. Retrieved 15 March 2014. 
Political offices
Preceded by
David Beddall
Minister for Resources and Energy
Succeeded by
Nick Minchin
Minister for Industry, Science and Resources