Speeches The first speech is not yet availableRecent speech Browse all speeches (Hansard) Biography Parliamentary service Appointed by the Governor of Tasmania on 26.2.2002 under section 15 of the Constitution to represent that State in the Senate, vice the Hon. BF Gibson, AM (resigned)(term ended 30.6.2005). Elected 2004 (term began 1.7.2005). Defeated at general elections 2010 (term ended 30.6.2011). Parliamentary positions Temporary Chair of Committees from 11.8.05. Committee service Senate Standing: Senators' Interests from 19.3.02 to 29.8.02; Regulations and Ordinances from 1.7.02 to 18.11.02; Scrutiny of Bills from 1.7.02 to 11.2.08; Publications from 14.9.06 to 20.6.07; Library from 13.2.08 to 30.6.11.Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Employment, Workplace Relations and Education: Legislation and References Committees from 19.3.02 to 11.9.06; Employment, Workplace Relations and Education from 12.9.06 to 11.2.08; Community Affairs: Legislation Committee from 1.7.02 to 20.3.03 and from 3.12.03 to 11.9.06 and References Committee from 1.7.02 to 20.3.03; Economics: Legislation and References Committees from 30.6.03 to 8.8.03; Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 23.3.07 to 14.5.09; Legal and Constitutional Affairs: Legislation and References Committees from 14.5.09 to 30.6.11.Senate Select: Medicare from 15.5.03 to 11.2.04.Joint Statutory: Australian Crime Commission from 14.2.08 to 11.2.09; Public Accounts and Audit from 11.2.09 to 30.6.11. Conferences, delegations and visits Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Denmark and Sweden, October 2005.Member, Parliamentary Delegation to New Zealand, April 2009.Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Indonesia, July 2010. Parliamentary party positions Chairman of the Scrutiny of Government Waste Committee from 8.12.09 to 14.9.10. Party positions Member, Liberal Party State Executive and Policy Committee (Tas) 1989-2001.Chair, Liberal Party Constitution Review Committee 1994-2001.Member, Liberal Party Federal Council 1996-2001. Personal Born 5.4.1962, Launceston, Tas.Married. Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament LLB, LLM (Tas).Graduate Diploma, Australian Institute of Company Directors.Lawyer.Consultant, Taft Stettinus and Hollister, Washington DC.Senior Adviser to the Premier of Tasmania, the Hon. R Gray 1988-89.Managing Director, public relations and political consultancy 1989-2002.