Senator the Hon Amanda Stoker Biography
On 22 December 2020, Amanda was sworn in as the Assistant Minister to the Attorney-General by the Governor General, His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (retd).
Amanda entered the Senate in 2018. Prior to becoming Assistant Minister, she was the Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs, and a member of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security.
During her involvement in these committees, Amanda has ensured that Australia’s security agencies have the legislative frameworks required to assure our safety at home and abroad. Amanda also worked to strengthen the laws relating to preventing, investigating, and punishing child exploitation and sexual crimes against children, to better protect the community.
More broadly, Amanda contributed to establishing the French Review into free speech on university campuses, and introducing the resultant Model Code.
Before entering the Parliament, Amanda was a Barrister in private practice with a particular interest in administrative law and statutory interpretation, and was a sessional academic at Central Queensland University.
Amanda was admitted as a solicitor in 2006, after graduating with degrees in arts and first class honours in law from Sydney University, and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from Griffith University. Prior to commencing at the bar in 2011, she practiced at Minter Ellison in Sydney and worked as a Commonwealth prosecutor in Brisbane and Townsville. Amanda is a former associate of then Justice IDF Callinan AC QC of the High Court of Australia, and of Justice PD McMurdo, then on the Supreme Court of Queensland Commercial List.
Amanda lives in Brisbane with her husband Adam and their three daughters.