List of longest-serving members of the Australian Senate

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See also: List of longest-serving members of the Australian House of Representatives

The first Senate was elected on 30 March 1901. All the members elected to that First Parliament therefore had equal seniority. It follows that there could not be a "longest-serving Senator" until only one Senator from the First Parliament was still in the House. That occurred on 14 September 1923 with the death of Hon Edward Millen.

Since that date the longest-serving members of the Senate have been:

Between 30 June 1938 and 30 June 1947 Hon Thomas Crawford and Hon Hattil Foll had equal lengths of service, both having been elected on 1 July 1917

Between 30 June 1947 and 30 June 1950 Hon Gordon Brown and Hon Joseph Collings had equal lengths of service, both having been elected on 1 July 1932

Between 30 June 1967 and 24 May 1971 three Senators had equal lengths of service, having been elected on 1 July 1947

Between 24 May 1971 and 30 June 1971 Albion Hendrickson and Justin O'Byrne had equal lengths of service, having been elected on 1 July 1947

Between 23 January 1987 and 5 June 1987 three Senators had equal lengths of service, having been elected on 1 July 1970

Between 5 June 1987 and 5 June 1987 Hon Peter Durack and Hon Arthur Gietzelt had equal lengths of service, having been elected on 1 July 1970

Between 30 June 1993 and 30 June 1999 Dr Mal Colston and Brian Harradine had equal lengths of service, having been elected on 13 December 1975

Harradine's term will end on 30 June 2005. The longest-serving Senator will then be John Watson, who took his seat on 1 July 1978.

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