Dean Smith

'A Lifelong Liberal'

Dean has been a member of the Liberal Party in WA for over 25 years.

Dean joined the Liberal Party on Orientation Day at The University of Western Australia in February 1987. 

Dean's Liberal history

1987

Joins the University Liberal Club at Orientation Day at UWA Joins the Perth Branch of the Young Liberal Movement in WA.

1988

Elected President of the Perth Young Liberals.

1990

Awarded 'Best Young Liberal Branch President'. Awarded 'Keith Livingston Award' at the National Convention of the Young Liberal Movement Elected Divisional Secretary of Perth Division of the Liberal Party in WA Appointed as Research Officer to newly elected Senator for WA, Ian Campbell.

1991

Awarded 'Best Divisional Convenor' at the National Convention of the Young Liberal Movement of Australia. Elected State President of the Young Liberal Movement in WA Becomes a member of the Federal Executive of the Young Liberal Movement of Australia.

1992

Represent the UWA Liberal Club at Australian Liberal Students Federation Conference.

1993

Appointed Campaign Manager for the marginal Federal seat of Cowan in 1993 'Fightback' election campaign. The seat was won from Labor for the first time since the seat was created in 1984. Appointed as Electorate Officer to the newly elected Member for Cowan, Richard Evans.

1995

Begins rebuilding the UK Branch of the Liberal Party while on a working-holiday.. Campaign volunteers recruited for the 14 days of polling booth activity at the Australian High Commission. Appointed spokesperson for United Kingdom and European based media inquiries for the Liberal Party's campaign.

1996

Appointed Manager, Parliamentary and Policy at Federal Secretariat under leadership of Federal Director, Andrew Robb Inaugural Member, Menzies Research Centre. Currently continues as a member Appointed Assistant Campaign Director for the 1996 WA State Election. Liberals win a second term with an historic win securing the largest majority of any party in the Legislative Assembly since 1915.

1997

Appointed as Principal Policy Adviser to the Premier of WA, Hon Richard Court.

1998

Appointed as Senior Adviser to the Prime Minister, Hon John Howard, for the duration of the Federal election campaign.

2001

Appointed Chief of Staff to the Minister for Aged Care, Hon Bronwyn Bishop MP.

2002

Appointed Special Adviser to the Minister for Justice and Customs, Senator the Hon Chris Ellison.

2007

Elected Chairman of the Marketing and Promotions Committee of the Liberal Party in WA Join State Executive of Liberal Party in WA.

2008

Elected Honorary State Treasurer of the Liberal Party in WA. Joins State Management Executive of Liberal Party in WA. Appointed a Director on Liberal Party Pty Ltd. Volunteered as the Campaign Chairman/Manager for the marginal seat of Swan Hills at the 2008 State Election. The seat of Swan Hills was won from Labor with an almost 7% swing.

With Hon Julie Bishop MP, organised the Liberal's State Election Campaign Launch at the Octagon Theatre, UWA. The launch is regarded as the critical turning point in the election campaign. Elected Divisional Secretary of Pearce Division of the Liberal Party in WA. Retired from position in 2010. Elected member of the Menzies Lecture Organising Committee. Currently continues in the role of the committee. Establishes and is inaugural Chairman of the 'Federalism Forum' - a discussion forum for Liberals on how to improve Australian Federalism. Currently continues as Chairman of the committee.

2009

Appointed Life Member of the Young Liberal Movement in WA. Appointed Organisation Vice Patron of the Young Liberal Movement in WA. Volunteered as Campaign Chairman/Manager for the safe Labor seat of Brand. The campaign committee was established 13 months before the expected election date. Labor's margin was reduced to just 3.5%.

2010

Elected Senior Vice President of Pearce Division of the Liberal Party in WA.

2011

Appointed Organisation Patron of the Young Liberal Movement in WA. Currently continues as a Patron. Awarded 'Distinguished Service Award' in recognition of long and distinguished service to the Liberal Party.

2012

Following a joint sitting of the West Australian Parliament he was appointed to the Senate filling a casual vacancy following the death of Senator Judith Adams.

2016

Elected to the Australian Senate following the 2016 Federal Election.