Speeches First speech Recent speech Browse all speeches (Hansard) Biography Parliamentary service Elected to the Senate for Queensland 2013 (term began 1.7.2014). Defeated at general elections 2016. (Palmer United Party to 12.3.15; Independent from 12.3.15-9.7.2015; Glenn Lazarus Team from 9.7.15). Committee service Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee from 24.6.15 to 9.5.16 (Chair from 24.6.15 to 9.5.16).Joint Select: Australia Fund Establishment from 28.10.14 to 25.6.15; Trade and Investment Growth from 30.10.14 to 27.11.14.Senate Select: Certain Aspects of Queensland Government Administration related to Commonwealth Government Affairs from 2.10.14 to 27.3.15 (Chair from 27.10.14 to 27.3.15); Unconventional Gas Mining from 13.10.15 to 9.5.16 (Chair from 12.11.15 to 9.5.16); School Funding Investment from 4.2.16 to 9.5.16 (Chair from 4.2.16 to 9.5.16). Parliamentary party positions Leader of the Palmer United Party in the Senate from 1.7.14 to 12.3.15. Personal Born 11.12.1965, Queanbeyan, NSW.Married. Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament Professional rugby league player: Canberra Raiders 1987-91; Brisbane Broncos 1992-97; Melbourne Storm 1998-99; NSW State of Origin team 1989-99; Australian Kangaroos 1990-99.Winner, NSW Rugby League Premiership 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993; played two rugby league Kangaroo Tours; 22 test matches and 22 State of Origin matches. Honours Australian Sports Medal, June 2000.