Senator Stephen Parry
President of the Senate, Senator for Tasmania
Stephen Parry was elected to the Senate on October 9, 2004, taking up office on 1 July, 2005.
Born in Burnie in 1960, Stephen grew up on the North West Coast. He was educated at Stella Maris Primary School and then Marist Regional College, before joining the Tasmania Police force in 1977 at the age of 16.
Stephen enjoyed a ten year career in uniform and as a Detective, before taking up a role with Vincent Funeral Services in 1986. Stephen and his wife Allison purchased the long respected family company in 1994, expanding their business into Devonport and Latrobe. Stephen has now stepped away from the family business to focus full-time on his role as a Senator for Tasmania.
Stephen joined the Liberal Party in 1980, being an active member and taking on various roles, including President of the Cradle Coast Branch (1995-2000), Chair of the Braddon Federal Electorate (2000-02), Member of the State Executive (2000-02) and Federal Delegate (2005).
Stephen has also been an active member of his community, as Director of the Braddon Business Centre from 1999-2005; President of the Burnie Chamber of Commerce and Industry from 2000-2004; and Director of the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry from 2000-2005; member of the Rotary Club of Ulverstone West (since 1987) and Surf Life Saving Tasmania, competing as a member of both Burnie and Ulverstone Clubs.
Stephen was appointed to the 41st Parliament's Committee on the Australian Crime Commission, and was an inaugural member of the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity Committee. Stephen has a leading role representing Tasmania in matters pertaining to the Attorney-General portfolio, including the Australian Federal Police, Justice and Customs.
Senator Parry was elected to the position of Government Deputy Whip in September 2006, and further promoted to Chief Government Whip in April 2007. Stephen was elected as the Chief Opposition Whip in the 42nd Parliament and has also been appointed as Manager of Opposition Business in the Senate.
In July 2011 Stephen was appointed as Deputy President of the Senate and Chairman of Committees.
When time permits, Stephen enjoys many outdoor activities and sports including boating and fishing.