Speeches First speech Recent speech Browse all speeches (Hansard) Biography Parliamentary service Appointed by the Governor of Victoria on 30.4.1996 under section 15 of the Constitution to represent that State in the Senate, vice the Hon. GJ Evans, QC (resigned) (term ended 30.6.1999). Elected 1998 (term began 1.7.1999, 2004, 2010 and 2016. Resigned 30.9.2016. Ministerial appointments Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy from 3.12.07 to 1.7.13.Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Digital Productivity from 14.9.10 to 1.7.13. Committee service Senate Standing: Selection of Bills from 2.5.96 to 9.11.98; Appropriations and Staffing from 4.2.13 to 26.6.13; Procedure from 4.2.13 to 26.6.13.Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: Legislation and References Committees from 2.5.96 to 4.9.97; Economics: References Committee from 24.11.98 to 5.2.03; Finance and Public Administration: References Committee from 24.11.98 to 9.8.99 and Legislation Committee from 24.11.98 to 11.2.02; Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts: Legislation Committee from 18.11.04 to 1.7.05 and References Committee from 18.11.04 to 9.2.06.Senate Select: Superannuation from 29.5.96 to 9.11.98; Superannuation and Financial Services from 30.9.99 to 11.2.02; New Tax System from 26.11.98 to 30.4.99; Free Trade Agreement - Australia and the United States of America from 12.2.04 to 5.8.04; National Broadband Network from 14.11.13 to 9.5.16.Joint Statutory: National Crime Authority from 31.5.96 to 31.8.98; Corporations and Securities from 4.9.97 to 11.2.02; Corporations and Financial Services from 14.2.02 to 31.8.04; Public Accounts and Audit from 5.2.03 to 10.9.03; Intelligence and Security from 16.7.14 to 9.5.16.Joint Standing: Electoral Matters from 31.5.96 to 27.11.97 and from 24.2.16 to 9.5.16; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 12.9.16. Parliamentary party positions Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 19.10.98 to 3.12.07 and from 14.10.13. Deputy Opposition Whip in the Senate from 20.3.96 to 20.10.98.Shadow Minister for Financial Services and Regulation from 20.10.98 to 25.11.01.Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate from 22.11.01 to 3.12.07 and from 14.10.13 to 11.10.16.Shadow Minister for Finance, Small Business and Financial Services from 25.11.01 to 2.7.03.Shadow Minister for Trade and Shadow Minister for Corporate Governance, Financial Services and Small Business from 2.7.03 to 8.12.03.Shadow Minister for Trade, Corporate Governance and Financial Services from 8.12.03 to 26.10.04.Shadow Minister for Communications and Information Technology from 26.10.04 to 3.12.07.Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate from 3.12.07 to 4.2.13.Leader of the Government in the Senate from 4.2.13 to 26.6.13.Shadow Minister for Defence from 18.10.13 to 23.7.16.Shadow Special Minister of State from 23.07.16 to 30.9.16.Shadow Minister for Sport from 23.07.16 to 30.9.16. Party positions Delegate, ALP State Conference (Vic).Delegate, ALP National Conference.Member, ALP National Executive from 1998. Personal Born 18.1.1963, Ely, UK.Married. Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament BEc (ANU).Superannuation Officer, Transport Workers' Union.Research assistant. Local government service Councillor, Footscray Council..