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The Hon. (Don) Donald Thomas HARWIN, BEc(Hons) MLC

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This seat is currently vacant.
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Member of the Legislative Council
Minister for Resources, Minister for Energy and Utilities, and Minister for the Arts, Vice-President of the Executive Council
Member of the Liberal Party
Term of service expires 57th Parliament (3 March 2023)
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Parliamentary Activity
Current Positions
Position Start Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 27 Mar 1999
Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council 30 Jan 2017
Minister for the Arts 30 Jan 2017
Minister for Resources 30 Jan 2017
Minister for Energy and Utilities 30 Jan 2017
Vice-President of the Executive Council 30 Jan 2017
Member, Procedure Committee 12 May 2015
Trustee of the Parliamentary Contributory Superannuation Fund 07 May 2003 Reappointed on 31 May 2007.
Prior Positions
Position Start End Period Notes
Opposition Whip, Legislative Council 08 May 2007 04 Mar 2011 3 yrs 9 mths 25 days
President of the Legislative Council of NSW 03 May 2011 30 Jan 2017 5 yrs 8 mths 28 days Reelected 5 May 2015
Opposition Whip, Legislative Council 03 Apr 2003 02 Mar 2007 3 yrs 11 mths
Member, Procedure Committee 10 May 2011 06 Mar 2015 3 yrs 9 mths 25 days Chair
Member, Privileges Committee 29 May 2007 04 Mar 2011 3 yrs 9 mths 4 days
Member, Procedure Committee 10 May 2007 04 Mar 2011 3 yrs 9 mths 23 days Elected Deputy Chair 27/09/2007
Member, Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters 26 Jun 2007 04 Mar 2011 3 yrs 8 mths 7 days
Member, Joint Select Committee on Parliamentary Procedure 27 Sep 2010 21 Oct 2010 25 days
Member, Select Committee on Electoral and Political Party Funding 17 Oct 2007 19 Jun 2008 8 mths 3 days Elected Deputy Chair, 17 October 2007
Member, General Purpose Standing Committee No. 5 29 Jun 2004 02 Mar 2007 2 yrs 8 mths 2 days
Member, Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters 15 Sep 2004 02 Mar 2007 2 yrs 5 mths 16 days
Member, Privileges Committee 19 Sep 2006 02 Mar 2007 5 mths 12 days
Member, Joint Select Committee on Tobacco Smoking 06 Jun 2006 02 Mar 2007 8 mths 25 days
Member, Procedure Committee 08 May 2003 02 Mar 2007 3 yrs 9 mths 23 days
Member, Joint Select Committee on Tobacco Smoking 09 Mar 2006 19 May 2006 2 mths 11 days
Member, Committee on the Office of the Valuer-General 02 Dec 2003 22 Sep 2005 1 yr 9 mths 21 days
Member, Legislation Review Committee 07 May 2003 22 Sep 2005 2 yrs 4 mths 16 days
Member, General Purpose Standning Committee No. 1 10 Jul 2003 29 Jun 2004 11 mths 20 days
About the Electorate

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Biography
Political Party Activity - Life Member, Young Liberal Movement of Australia (NSW Division); Life Member, Sydney University Liberal Club; Chairman of Convention Committee, 1993 - 94; Young Liberal State President, 1988 - 90; Member, State Executive, NSW Division, 1988 - 1990, 1994 - 2000
Community Activity - Member, Sesquicentenary of Responsible Government History Project Committee 2002-06; Board Member, NSW State Records Authority 2006-present; Committee member, Australasian Study of Parliament Group (NSW Branch)
Local Government Activity -
Military Service -
Honours Received -
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Qualifications, Occupations and Interests - Bachelor of Economics (Hons) Sydney University 1985. Tutor (p/time) St Pauls College, University of Sydney 1987. Electorate Assistant to the Member for Miranda 1987 - 1988. Ministerial Advisor, various Ministers, State Government of NSW 1988 - 1990, 1991 - 1995. Assistant Campaign Director Liberal Party of Australia (NSW Division) 1990 - 1991. Public Affairs Consultant 1995 - 1999.
Additional Information - Mr Harwin contributed two chapters to the book Social Justice: Fraud or Fair Go? edited by Dr Marlene Goldsmith. He also contributed "1971 State General Election" to The People's Choice (Volume III), edited by Hogan and Clune, "Sir Joseph Carruthers" to The Premiers of NSW (Volume II), edited by Clune and Turner, and "Women in the NSW Coalition Parties" (with Jenny Gardiner MLC) to No Fit Place for Women, edited by Brennan and Chappel.

Special interests include Political History, Psephology, Film and Rugby League.

First speech, 26 May 1999: