International Industrial Dispute Resolution Conference speaker – Senator Guy Barnett
Guy Barnett was elected to the Senate, representing Tasmania, at the federal election on 9 October 2004.
Born in Launceston in 1962, he was raised on a farm and educated at Hagley Farm Primary School and then Launceston and Geelong Grammar Schools before studying law at the University of Tasmania, including a Masters of Law.
Senator Barnett practiced law in Melbourne and worked with a Washington D.C. law firm for Australian trade and agricultural interests. He was appointed senior adviser to Tasmanian Premier Robin Gray at 26 years.
He established and operated his own award-winning public and government affairs business with offices in Hobart and Canberra.
He was honorary lawyer and consultant to numerous organisations including the Baptist Churches of Tasmania, Retail Traders Association and Timber Communities Australia.
Senator Barnett is Chair of the Legal & Constitutional Affairs Committee, a member of the Senate’s Employment Workplace Relations and Education Committee, and Scrutiny of Bills Committee. In 2006 he was appointed Deputy Chair of the Prime Minister's Workplace Relations Taskforce. He is also a member of the Australian Government’s Health & Ageing Policy Committee and a founding and executive member of the Parliamentary Diabetes Support Group.