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Chris Puplick
Senator for New South Wales
In office
26 July 1978 – 30 June 1981
Preceded by Sir Robert Cotton
In office
1 December 1984 – 30 June 1990
Personal details
Christopher John Guelph Puplick

(1948-05-13) 13 May 1948 (age 75)
London, England
Nationality British Australian
Political party Liberal Party of Australia
Alma mater University of Sydney
Occupation Private sector consultant

Christopher John Guelph Puplick AM (/ˈpʊplɪk/ PUUP-lik; born 13 May 1948) is a British-Australian politician, public servant and public intellectual.


From 1975–78, Puplick was the federal president of the Young Liberals.

He was appointed to a casual vacancy in the Senate in July 1978, representing the Liberal Party of Australia, but was defeated at the 1980 election, completing his term in June 1981.

He was returned to the Senate at the 1984 election. In the 1990 election, the Call to Australia party made the unusual choice of preferencing the Labor Party above the Liberal Party specifically to prevent Puplick's re-election; Puplick was not re-elected and his term finished in June 1990.

After Parliament

After leaving Parliament, Puplick was appointed President of the NSW Anti-Discrimination Board and NSW Privacy Commissioner.

He was appointed a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia in 2001, for contributions to Australian politics and public policy, particularly in relation to human rights and social justice.

Memberships, Directorships

  • Member, Australia Council Theatre Board
  • Member, National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) Board of Directors
  • Chair, National Film and Sound Archive Board, 2008–2011
  • Chair, Australian National Council on AIDS, Hepatitis C and Related Diseases
  • NSW Privacy Commissioner, 1999–2003
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