Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells

Assistant Minister for Multicultural Affairs
‘How Conservative is contemporary Australia'
Wednesday, 21 October 2015
Arrive from 11.30am, lunch 12 noon, speaker 12.30 concludes 1.30pm
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Senator will discuss the social, religious and cultural diversity of contemporary Australia and examine conservative issues which will influence voting patterns.

She will also look at the representation of diversity in our public institutions and how this influences public policy.

She will also comment on conservatism in the current political environment.

Concetta was born in Wollongong, New South Wales, the daughter of Italian migrants.

After completing her primary and secondary education in Wollongong, she attended the Australian National University in Canberra, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws.

Prior to entering the Senate, Concetta worked with the Australian Government Solicitor (AGS) for 20 years, including periods of secondment as a policy advisor to the Federal Opposition and Senior Private Secretary to former Premier John Fahey.

For about 25 years before becoming a Senator in 2005, Concetta was involved in many community activities, including as a founding board director of a nursing home in Wollongong and on the Board of Father Chris Riley’s Youth off the Streets, serving two years as Chairman. She has had over 30 years in social policy issues.

Concetta became a Senator on 5 May 2005 and established her electorate office in Wollongong.

In 2013, she was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Social Services, with special responsibility for Multicultural Affairs and Settlement Services and in May of 2015, was also appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Attorney-General.

In September 2015 Concetta was made Assistant Minister for Multicultural Affairs. In this capacity she is Parliamentary Secretary to the Attorney-General, the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection and the Minister for Social Services.