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Presidents of the Australian Senate

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Presidents of the Australian Senate

Australia's national Floral Emblem: the Wattle © Commonwealth of AustraliaThe President of the Australian Senate, is a Senator elected by the Senate. The President chairs meetings of the Senate, is the the spokesperson for the Senate, represents the Senate in dealing with the Governor-General, the executive government, the House of Representatives, persons outside the Parliament, and overseas. The role has its roots in the tradition of speaders of the houses of the British Parliament and the Australian colonial Parliaments.

The first President of the Senate, Richard Baker, said in the Senate in 1904:

The difficulties of the dual position which I am called upon to fill are very great, and I ask that allowances may be made for me. In the first place, I have to perform the ordinary duties of a President or a Speaker, and in the second place, under our Constitution, I have to give not a casting vote, but a deliberative vote when, as it sometimes happens, party feeling runs high. The difficulty of reconciling these dual positions is very great … (Commonwealth Parliamentary Debates, 2 March 1904, p. 6)

Source: "The Role of the President of the Senate", Parliament of Australia, Commonwealth of Australia, accessed 9 February 2015.

Presidents of the Senate since 1901
Name State or Territory Party Term of Office
Richard Chaffey BakerSAFree Trade9.5.1901–31.12.1906
Albert John GouldNSWAnti-Socialist Party20.2.1907–30.6.1910
Joseph Henry Lewis Turley QLDAustralian Labor Party1.7.1910–8.7.1913
Givens, Henry ThomasQLDAustralian Labor Party
Nationalist Party from 1917
John Newlands KCMG SANationalist Party1.7.1926–13.8.1929
Walter KingsmillWANationalist Party14.8.1929–30.8.1932
Lynch, Patrick JosephWANationalist Party31.8.1932–30.6.1938
John Blyth Hayes TASUnited Australia Party 1.7.1938–30.6.1941
Cunningham, JamesWAAustralian Labor Party1.7.1941–4.7.1943
Brown, GordonQLDAustralian Labor Party23.9.1943–19.3.1951
Mattner, Edward WilliamSALiberal Party of Australia12.6.1951–7.9.1953
McMullin, Alister MaxwellNSWLiberal Party of Australia8.9.1953–30.6.1971
Cormack, Magnus CameronVICLiberal Party of Australia17.8.1971–11.4.1974
O’Byrne, Justin HilaryTASAustralian Labor Party9.7.1974–11.11.1975
Condor Louis LauckeSALiberal Party of Australia17.2.1976–30.6.1981
Harold William Young KCMG SALiberal Party of Australia18.8.1981–4.2.1983
McClelland, DouglasNSWAustralian Labor Party21.4.1983–23.1.1987
Sibraa, Kerry WalterNSWAustralian Labor Party17.2.1987–5.6.1987
Beahan, Michael EamonWAAustralian Labor Party1.2.1994–30.6.1996
Reid, Margaret ElizabethACTLiberal Party of Australia20.8.1996–18.8.2002
Calvert, Paul HenryTASLiberal Party of Australia19.8.2002–14.8.2007
Ferguson, AlanSALiberal Party of Australia14.8.2007–25.8.2008
Hogg, JohnQLDAustralian Labor Party26.8.2008–6.7.2014
Parry, StephenTAS Liberal Party of Australia7.7.2014–

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