Speeches First speech Recent speech Browse all speeches (Hansard) Biography Parliamentary service Elected to the Senate for Western Australia 2014 (term began 1.7.2014). Resigned 13.4.16. Committee service Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Environment and Communications: References Committee from 1.7.14 to 13.4.16; Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: Legislation and References Committees from 1.7.14 to 13.4.16.Joint Standing: Trade and Investment Growth from 4.9.14 to 13.4.16. Party positions Member, ALP from 1978.Member, ALP State Administrative Committee (WA) 1986-2014 (including terms as Vice-President).Delegate, ALP National Conference 1990-2014.Member, ALP National Executive 1992-93 and 2008-10. Personal Born 13.4.1955, Sydney, NSW.Married. Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament Trade union official.Assistant Secretary, Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association (WA) 1986-96.Secretary, Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association (WA) 1996-2014.National Vice-President, Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association 2004-14.