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Members’ biographical register


Hon Adele Farina


Birth
Date: 31 March 1964
Place: Perth, Western Australia
Parents
Santino and Restituta Tersigni Farina
Religion
Catholic
Education
Infant Jesus Primary School and St Thomas Aquinas Secondary School
University of Western Australia—Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws (Studied law February 1994–November 1997)
Occupation
Lawyer
Employment History
Research officer, Trades and Labour Council from May 1985 to January 1986
Project Officer, Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs Commission from January to December 1986
Executive Officer Western Australian Business Advisory Group and Western Australian Trade Union Advisory Group to John Dawkins MHR
Executive Officer, Planning, Honourable Bob Pearce and then Principal Private Secretary February from 1988 to October 1992
Adviser to
Ian Taylor MLA from October 1992 to February 1993
Industrial relations consultant Qantas from July 1993 to May 1994
Adviser to Senator Peter Cook from November 1995 to March 1996
Articled clerk Fiocco Hopkins Nash from December 1997 to December 1998 and solicitor from December 1998 to 1999
Solicitor DG Price and Company from April 1999 to June 2001
House
MLC
Local Government Service
Bayswater City Council from 1987 to 1990, deputy mayor from 1989 to 1990
Party
Labor
Joined Australian Labor Party in 1981 vice-president and president Morley–Embleton sub-branch from 1986 to 2000
Delegate to Perth Electorate Council 1983–2000, secretary, from 1985 to 1986, vice-president from 1987 to 1988
Trustee from 1992 to 1993
Member administration committee from 1990 to 1991
Delegate to state executive from 1985 to 2000
Member disputes committee from 1987 to 1988 and from 1995 to 2000
Delegate to all state conferences since 1986, and to national conference 1997 and 2000
Member of various state policy committees, national security and trade policy committees since 1997 and convenor from 1999 to 2000
Date Elected
22 May 2001
Inaugural Speech

Inaugural Video
No inaugural video is available as filming did not start until May 2003
Speeches
Search for speeches by Adele Farina
Electorate
South West
Parliamentary Service
Electorates
  • MLC South West Region from 22 May 2001. Elected to the Thirty-Sixth Parliament for South West Region on 10 February 2001. Re-elected 2005, 2008, 2013 and 2017 for terms commencing 22 May.

Office
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Sport and Recreation; Seniors from 26 April 2005 to 25 November 2005
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Racing and Gaming; Youth; Peel and the South West; Seniors and Volunteering; Minister Assisting the Minister for Federal Affairs from 26 April 2005 to 2 March 2006
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Women's Interests from 2 March 2006 to 8 August 2006
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Planning and Infrastructure; Minister for Tourism; Minister for Disability Services; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests from 26 April 2005 to 23 September 2008
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Indigenous Affairs; Culture and the Arts from 2 March 2006 to 2 March 2007
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister Assisting the Minister for Planning and Infrastructure from 27 June 2006 to 2 March 2007
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Planning and Infrastructure from 19 March 2007 to 23 September 2008
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Disability Services; Tourism; Culture and the Arts; Consumer Protection from 11 April 2007 to 23 September 2008
  • Opposition Parliamentary Secretary to the Shadow Attorney General from 19 April 2013 to 17 March 2017

Committees
  • Deputy Chairman of Committees from 23 May 2001 to 21 May 2005
  • Member Standing Committee on Procedure and Privileges from 31 May 2001 to 21 May 2005
  • Member Standing Committee on Legislation from 31 May 2001 to 10 April 2002
  • Member Standing Committee on Uniform Legislation and General Purposes from 11 April 2002 to 21 May 2005 (Chairperson from 11 April 2002 to 21 May 2005)
  • Member Standing Committee on Legislation from 6 November 2008 to 11 November 2008
  • Member Select Committee into the Police Raid on the Sunday Times from 15 May 2008 to 7 August 2008 and from 12 November 2008 to 4 June 2009
  • Member Standing Committee on Uniform Legislation and Statutes Review from 11 November 2008 to 21 May 2013. Re-appointed 4 June 2009 (Chairperson from 4 June 2009 to 21 May 2013)
  • Member Joint Standing Committee on the Corruption and Crime Commission from 21 May 2013 to 21 May 2017
  • Member Standing Committee on Procedure and Privileges from 22 May 2013 to 21 May 2017
  • Chair of Committees from 22 May 2013 to 21 May 2017
  • Chair Standing Committee on Public Administration from 23 May 2017
  • Member Standing Committee on Procedure and Privileges from 23 May 2017
Background/Membership
Winner Butterworth’s prize in banking law
Awarded Betty Award for Best Asbestos Awareness Campaigner by the Asbestos Diseases Research Institute
Qualifications
Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Law
References
D Black and G Bolton, eds, Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia: volume two 1930-2010, Western Australian Parliamentary History Project, Perth, WA, 2011, p. 86.
'Adele Farina awarded for asbestos campaign', Busselton Dunsborough Mail, 2 May 2018, p. 3.
Parliament of Western Australia website. Current Members. Accessed 21 May 2015.
Further Information
Chapter 51. Adele Farina Making a Difference.pdf