Speeches First speech Recent speech Browse all speeches (Hansard) Biography Parliamentary service Elected to the Senate for Victoria 2010 (term began 1.7.2011). Defeated at general elections 2016.Democratic Labour Party to 4.9.2014; Independent from 4.9.2014. Committee service Senate Standing: Appropriations and Staffing from 4.12.13 to 9.5.16.Senate Select: Australia's Food Processing Sector from 7.7.11 to 16.8.12; Scrutiny of New Taxes from 7.7.11 to 1.11.11; Wind Turbines from 27.11.14 to 3.8.15 (Chair from 4.12.14 to 3.8.15); Murray-Darling Basin Plan from 10.8.15 to 9.5.16; Establishment of a National Integrity Commission from 25.2.16 to 9.5.16.Joint Statutory: Corporations and Financial Services from 5.12.13 to 9.5.16.Joint Standing: Parliamentary Library from 18.8.11 to 5.8.13. Party positions Vice-President, Democratic Labour Party (Vic.) 2008-09.President, Democratic Labour Party (Vic.) from 2009.Vice-President, Federal Democratic Labour Party from 2009. Personal Born 21.7.1966, Melbourne, Vic.Married. Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament Apprenticeship in Structural Steel Fabrication (Newport TAFE; Victorian Railways Newport Workshops).Blacksmith and boilermaker 1983-2011.