Government Whip in the Senate
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PO Box 930, West Perth WA 6872
Dean Smith was appointed a Senator for WA in May 2012, where he has been a champion for issues affecting WA.
Dean was the first WA Federal Liberal parliamentarian to call for a fairer share of the GST for WA. He stood up for WA wheat growers against attempts to unwind WA’s successful wheat export arrangements. He led the campaign against local government recognition in the Constitution in 2013 and led efforts for reform of Australia’s free speech laws in 2016. He has been a strong advocate for WA grandparent carers raising their grandchildren.
Senator Smith is the Government’s Deputy Whip in the Senate and also holds a number of other Government appointments including Deputy Chair of the Australian Political Exchange Council and the Government’s representative on the Australian National University’s Australian Centre on China in the World’s Advisory Board.
Senator Smith is the Liberal Party’s first openly gay federal parliamentarian. In February 2015 he became a public advocate for equality before the law for same-sex couples in Australia. He was a member of the 2017 Senate Select Committee that tabled a consensus report on how to legislate for same-sex marriage while at the same time protecting people’s religious views about marriage.
Dean brings to his parliamentary role over 10 years corporate experience at IAG and SingTel Optus. He has been a member of the WA Liberal Party for almost 30 years and was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal in 2011 for his service.