- Parliamentary service
- Elected to the House of Representatives for Braddon, Tasmania, 1998 and 2001. Defeated at general elections 2004. Re-elected 2007 and 2010. Defeated at general elections 2013.
- Parliamentary positions
- Member, Speaker's Panel from 14.2.08 to 7.2.12.
- Ministerial appointments
- Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry from 14.12.11 to 18.9.13.
- Committee service
- House of Representatives Standing: Primary Industries and Regional Services from 8.12.98 to 8.10.01; Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry from 20.3.02 to 31.8.04; Primary Industries and Resources from 19.2.08 to 19.7.10; Publications from 8.12.98 to 31.8.04 and from 19.2.08 to 19.7.10; Education and Training from 20.3.02 to 31.8.04 and from 19.2.08 to 19.7.10; Procedure from 25.10.10 to 7.2.12; Regional Australia from 25.10.10 to 7.2.12.
- Conferences, delegations and visits
- Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Nigeria and South Africa, October-November 2002.
- Member, Parliamentary Delegation to China and Hong Kong, November 2009.
- Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Vietnam, Thailand and Singapore, November 2011.
- Parliamentary party positions
- Parliamentary Secretary to the Shadow Minister for Primary Industries and Resources from 25.11.01 to 2.7.03; Parliamentary Secretary to the Shadow Minister for Primary Industries from 2.7.03 to 8.12.03; Parliamentary Secretary to the Shadow Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries from 8.12.03 to 22.10.04.
- Party positions
- Member, ALP from 1991.
- Delegate, ALP State Conference (Tas) from 1992.
- President, ALP Don River Branch from 1992.
- Chair, Braddon Electorate Council from 1997.
- Born 23.4.1951 at Hobart, Tas.
- Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
- BA(Hons) (Tas).
- Senior secondary college teacher 1975-97.
- Electorate officer to Senator the Hon. NJ Sherry 1998.
- Regional adviser to Senator the Hon. NJ Sherry 2004-07.
Location: north-west and west Tasmania; it includes the cities of Burnie and Devonport, and the towns of Currie, Latrobe, Penguin, Queenstown, Rosebery, Smithton, Somerset, Stanley, Strahan, Ulverstone, Waratah, Wynyard and Zeehan. It also includes King Island.
Area: 20 826 sq km (approx.).
Electors enrolled: 71 574 (at 21.8.10).
Industries: forestry, fishing, kelp harvesting, dairying, cheese, beef cattle production, vegetable growing and processing, poppies, pyrethrum, sawmills, paper mills, weaving mills, lead, zinc, iron ore, manufacturing, wind industry, telecommunications, ports, airports and tourism.
State electorates: Braddon is co-extensive with the Tasmanian House of Assembly electorate of the same name.