- Parliamentary service
- Elected to the House of Representatives for Wannon, Victoria, at by-election 7.5.1983, vice the Rt Hon. JM Fraser, CH (resigned).
- Re-elected 1984, 1987, 1990, 1993, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2004 and 2007. Retired prior to general elections 2010.
- Parliamentary positions
- Member, Speaker's Panel from 23.11.98 to 31.8.04.
- Speaker of the House of Representatives from 16.11.04 to 17.10.07(with the authority to act as Speaker between date of dissolution on 17.10.07 and date of election of successor on 12.2.08).
- Committee service
- House of Representatives Standing: Library from 17.5.83 to 26.10.84 and from 1.12.04 (Chair from 1.12.04) to 7.12.05; Road Safety from 18.5.83 to 26.10.84; Expenditure from 28.2.85 to 5.6.87; Industry, Science and Technology from 8.10.87 to 19.2.90; Transport, Communications and Infrastructure from 16.5.90 to 8.2.93; Selection from 12.5.93 to 29.1.96; Financial Institutions and Public Administration from 29.5.96 (Chair from 30.5.96) to 31.8.98; Economics, Finance and Public Administration from 8.12.98 (Chair from 9.12.98) to 31.8.04; Primary Industries, Resources and Rural and Regional Affairs from 2.9.97 to 31.8.98; Selection from 18.2.02 to 31.8.04; House from 1.12.04 (Chair from 1.12.04) to 17.10.07; Procedure from 11.3.08 to 19.7.10.
- House of Representatives Select: Recent Australian Bushfires from 27.3.03 to 5.11.03.
- Joint Statutory: Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings from 1.12.04 to 19.7.10 (Chair from 1.12.04 to 17.10.07).
- Joint Standing: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 26.5.93 to 29.1.96, from 8.12.98 to 31.8.04 and from 11.3.08 to 19.7.10; Parliamentary Library from 11.3.08 to 19.7.10.
- Joint Select: Republic Referendum from 2.6.99 to 9.8.99; Intelligence Services from 28.6.01 to 27.8.01.
- Conferences, delegations and visits
- Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Japan, March 1984.
- Leader, Australian Political Exchange Program, All-Party Delegation to USA, July 1984.
- Member, 32nd CPA Conference, London, September-October 1986; 34th CPA Conference, Canberra, September 1988.
- Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Israel, February 1987.
- Member, Parliamentary Delegation to European Parliamentary Institutions, Brussels and Strasbourg; and visit to Cyprus and Portugal, September-October 1989.
- Member, Parliamentary Delegation to 14th AIPO, Malaysia and bilateral visits to the Philippines and Brunei, September-October 1993.
- Member, Official Delegation to the Republic of Korea, Japan and Taiwan, July 1994.
- Deputy Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to Russia and Ukraine, March-April 1995.
- Member, Parliamentary Delegation to 96th IPU Conference, Beijing, China, and bilateral visits to Vietnam and the Philippines, September-October 1996.
- Study tour, Hong Kong and UK, May-June 1998.
- Member, Parliamentary Delegation to UK and Germany, June 1998.
- Bilateral visits to Greece, Cyprus and Turkey, July 1999.
- Member, Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade visit to East Timor, December 1999 and February 2001.
- Study tour, Hong Kong, February-March 2000; UK and Ireland, November 2000.
- Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to Brazil and Argentina, October 2000.
- Member, Parliamentary Delegation to UK and the Netherlands, November-December 2002.
- Member, Parliamentary Delegation to United Arab Emirates, Iran, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, April 2004.
- Attended 13th Annual APPF and Parliamentary Delegation to Vietnam, January 2005.
- Member, Parliamentary Delegation to China and bilateral visit to Mongolia, April 2005.
- Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to Denmark and Sweden, October 2005.
- Attended 18th Commonwealth Speakers' and Presiding Officers' Conference, Kenya, January 2006.
- Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to Malaysia and Japan, April 2006.
- Attended the funeral of HRH Prince Tu'ipelehake of Tonga, July 2006.
- Bilateral visit to Chile and Peru, November 2006.
- Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Timor-Leste, August 2009.
- Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Bhutan and Mongolia, July 2010.
- Parliamentary party positions
- Deputy Opposition Whip from 12.5.89 to 11.4.90 and from 26.5.94 to 2.6.94.
- Opposition Whip from 2.6.94 to 11.3.96.
- Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 11.4.90 to 7.4.93. Shadow Minister for Land Transport from 11.4.90 to 7.4.93.
- Party positions
- President, Liberal Party Apsley-Langkoop Branch 1974-83.
- Delegate, Liberal Party State Council (Vic) 1974-75 and from 1983.
- Chair, Liberal Party Federal Rural Committee 1987-90 and 1993-96.
- Member, Liberal Party Agricultural Committee (Vic) from 1983.
- Born 1.5.1949, Adelaide, SA.
- Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
Location: south-western Victoria; it includes the centres of Ararat, Avoca, Camperdown, Casterton, Dartmoor, Great Western, Halls Gap, Hamilton, Heywood, Koroit, Lismore, Macarthur, Mortlake, Penshurst, Port Campbell, Port Fairy, Portland, Skipton and Warrnambool.
Area: 33 854 sq km (approx.).
Electors enrolled: 90 904 (at 24.11.07).
Industries: shipping, wool, sheep, live sheep exports, beef and dairy cattle, cropping, forestry, aluminium smelting, gold mining, textiles and clothing, tool manufacturing, wineries and tourism.
State electorates: Wannon includes the Victorian Legislative Assembly electorate of South-West Coast, and parts of Lowan, Polwarth, Ripon and Swan Hill.