Fred Chaney is Co Chair of Reconciliation Australia Ltd and has had a long involvement in politics, the law and Aboriginal affairs.
Fred Chaney was born in Perth in 1941. He practised law in New Guinea and Western Australia, including time in-house with the Hancock-Wright prospecting partnership, and subsequent private practice with emphasis on mining related work until he entered the Senate in 1974.
Fred was involved in the Aboriginal Legal Service in a voluntary capacity in the early 1970's. He was in the Senate until 1990 and was Leader of the Opposition in the Senate from 1983 to 1990. He was Member for Pearce in the House of Representatives from 1990 to 1993.
Among his Ministerial appointments were Aboriginal Affairs, Social Security and Minister Assisting the Minister for National Development and Energy. After leaving Parliament he undertook research into Aboriginal Affairs policy and administration as a Research Fellow with the Graduate School of Management at the University of Western Australia from 1993 to April 1995.
In 1994 he was appointed as a part-time Member of the National Native Title Tribunal, a full-time Member in April 1995 and a Deputy President in April 2000.
In February 1995 he was appointed Chancellor of Murdoch University.
In January 1997 he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia.
· In December 2000 he was appointed as Co Chair of Reconciliation Australia Ltd.