Clerk of the Australian House of Representatives
The Department of the House of Representatives provides services to support the efficient conduct of the House of Representatives, its committees and certain joint committees as well as a range of services and facilities for Members in the Australian Parliament House in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory. The Department also undertakes activities to promote the work of the House in the community and is responsible for the conduct of the Parliaments' international and regional relations.
The Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives is an elected member of Parliament who has been further elected by the Parliament to preside over the House, and has accountability obligations to the Parliament for the Department.
The Department has a single purpose:
- That the House of Representatives fulfils its role as a representative and legislative body.
Clerks of the House
Name Date Jenkins, Sir George Henry, CMG (later Sir George) 1 May 1901 – 6 July 1901 (Acting) Duffy, Charles Gavan, CMG, LLB 8 July 1901 – 31 January 1917 Gale, Walter Augustus, CMG 1 February 1917 – 27 July 1927 McGregor, John Robert 1 September 1927 – 28 September 1927 Parkes, Ernest William, CMG 27 October 1927 – 22 March 1937 Green, Frank Clifton, MC (later CBE) 23 March 1937 – 25 June 1955 Tregear, Albert Allan, BComm, AASA (later CBE) 27 June 1955 – 31 December 1958 Turner, Alan George, CBE (later Sir Alan) 1 January 1959 – 10 December 1971 Parkes, Norman James, CBE, AASA 11 December 1971 – 31 December 1976 Pettifer, John Athol, CBE, BComm, AASA 1 January 1977 – 15 July 1982 Blake, Douglas Maurice, VRD (later AM) 16 July 1982 – 30 July 1985 Browning, Alan Robert 31 July 1985 – 22 March 1991 Barlin, Lyndal McAlpin, AM 23 March 1991 – 26 July 1997 Harris, Ian Charles, BA(Hons), MA, DipEd, AO 27 July 1997 – 4 December 2009 Wright, Bernard Clive 4 December 2009 - Present
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