Concetta Fierravanti-Wells has become perhaps the Liberal Party’s most vocal spokesperson for conservative multicultural views.

Parliamentary service

Chosen by the Parliament of New South Wales on 5.5.2005 under section 15 of the Constitution to represent that State in the Senate, vice Dr JW Tierney (resigned). Elected to the Senate for New South Wales 2004 (term began 1.7.2005), 2010 and 2016.


Parliamentary positions

Temporary Chair of Committees from 26.6.08 to 19.9.08.

Ministerial appointments

Minister for International Development and the Pacific

from 18.2.16 to 21.8.18

Assistant Minister for Multicultural Affairs

from 21.9.15 to 18.2.16

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection

from 21.9.15 to 18.2.16

Parliamentary Secretary to the Attorney-General

from 28.5.15 to 21.9.15

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Social Services

from 18.9.13 to 21.9.15

Personal Info

  • Born 20.5.1960, Wollongong NSW
  • Married
Committee service

Joint Statutory: Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity
from 23.3.07 to 15.10.08 and from 12.5.10 to 27.10.10


from 4.2.09 to 22.6.09


Joint Standing: Electoral Matters
from 26.2.07 to 11.3.08





Senate Select: Fuel and Energy
from 26.6.08 to 12.11.08


Senate Standing: Regulations and Ordinances
from 9.2.06 to 11.2.08


Finance and Public Administration
from 11.9.06 to 24.11.08

Community Affairs
from 12.9.06 to 9.5.07


Senate Legislative and General Purpose
Standing: Legal and Constitutional: References Committee 
from 6.9.05 (Deputy Chair from 14.9.05) to 11.9.06

“In the end people may not agree with you, but they will respect you more if you stand up for what you believe in.”

Parliamentary party appointments

  • Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Immigration
    from 22.9.08 to 8.12.09
    and Citizenship
    from 10.11.08 to 8.12.09
    Shadow Parliamentary Secretary Assisting the Leader in the Senate
    from 22.9.08 to 8.12.09


  • Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry
    from 8.12.09 to 18.9.13
    Shadow Minister for Ageing
    from 8.12.09 to 18.9.13
    Shadow Minister for Mental Health
    from 14.9.10 to 18.9.13

Party positions

  • Delegate, Women’s Council
  • Delegate, Liberal Party State Council (NSW)
    from 1995
  • President, Liberal Party NSW Italian Special Branch
    (various periods from 1995 to 2003)
  • Metropolitan Representative, Liberal Party State Executive (NSW)
  • Member, Liberal Party Constitutional Standing Committee
    1996-1997, 2003 and 2003-2004
  • Delegate, Liberal Party Federal Council
  • Urban Representative, Liberal Party State Executive (NSW)
    2003, 2003-2004

Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

  • BA, LLB (ANU)
    Articled Clerk/Solicitor, Macphillamny Cummins and Gibson
  • Legal officer, Australian Government Solicitor, Canberra
  • Legal Officer, then Senior Legal Officer, Australian Government
    Solicitor, Sydney
  • Acting Principal Legal Officer, Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service
  • Policy Adviser to the Hon. JJ Carlton, MP
  • Senior Private Secretary to the State Premier (NSW), the Hon. JJ Fahey, MLA
  • Senior Lawyer, Australian Government Solicitor
  • Consultant, Minter Ellison Lawyers

Awarded Knight of the Order
of Merit of the Italian Republic 1998.