Dr Rosemary Laing was appointed to the Advisory Council in September 2017. She was previously Clerk of the Senate (2009–2017) and an officer of the department of the Senate from 1990. Her academic qualifications include a BA(Hons) from the University of Sydney, a DPhil from Oxford University and a Graduate Diploma in Public Law from the Australian National University. Dr Laing edited the 13th and 14th editions of Odgers' Australian Senate Practice, and was the editor and principal author of the Annotated Standing Orders of the Australian Senate (2009) which explores the derivation of parliamentary procedure and operating rules. She has otherwise written widely on parliamentary law, practice and procedure and on parliamentary history, including the introduction to Volume 4 of the Biographical Dictionary of the Australian Senate (1983–2002). Now retired from full-time employment, she is researching the Senate's first President, Sir Richard Chaffey Baker, and his influence on the development of the Senate as an institution.
Having had a long interest in historical records and records management, I was thrilled to be appointed to the Advisory Council of the National Archives. I regard the Archives as a national treasure, an indispensable resource for all of us in accessing and understanding our history as a nation. Particular interests include digital access to the collection and public awareness of its contents.