Speeches First speech Browse all speeches (Hansard) Biography Parliamentary service Elected to the Senate for Western Australia, 1993 (term began 1.7.1993), 1998, 2004 and 2010. Resigned 12.4.2013. Ministerial appointments Minister for Immigration and Citizenship from 3.12.07 to 14.9.10.Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations from 14.9.10 to 14.12.11.Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research from 14.12.11 to 4.2.13. Committee service Senate Standing: Library from 1.7.93 to 29.4.96; House from 1.3.95 to 30.5.95; Selection of Bills from 2.5.96 to 9.11.98; Privileges from 24.11.98 to 15.11.04; Appropriations and Staffing from 18.11.04 to 4.2.13; Procedure from 18.11.04 to 4.2.13.Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 1.7.93 to 10.10.94; Legal and Constitutional: References and Legislation Committees from 10.10.94 to 29.3.95; Rural and Regional Affairs from 1.7.93 to 9.6.94; Economics: References and Legislation Committees from 10.10.94 to 20.11.95; Finance and Public Administration: Legislation Committee from 29.3.95 to 29.4.96 and References Committee from 29.3.95 to 1.12.95 and from 30.12.95 to 29.4.96; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: Legislation Committee from 2.5.96 to 13.2.97 and from 13.2.02 to 15.11.04 and References Committee from 2.5.96 to 13.2.97; Community Affairs: Legislation and References Committees from 24.11.98 to 11.2.02.Senate Estimates: B from 1.7.93 to 10.10.94; D from 18.3.94 to 19.4.94.Senate Select: Superannuation from 1.9.93 to 9.11.98; Certain Land Fund Matters from 19.9.95 to 30.11.95.Joint Statutory: Native Title from 25.3.94 (Chair from 12.5.94) to 29.3.95; Native Title and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Account from 29.3.95 to 31.8.98 (Chair from 29.3.95 to 29.1.96) and from 7.9.05 to 23.3.06.Joint Standing: Electoral Matters from 1.7.93 to 29.1.96; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 14.2.02 to 31.8.04. Conferences, delegations and visits Chair, Official Committee Exchange to New Zealand by Joint Committee on Native Title, August 1995.Member, Parliamentary Delegation to East Timor, March 2002.Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Indonesia, February 2004.Official visits to Indonesia, January 2008; Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore, August 2008; Vietnam, January 2009; Indonesia, March and April 2009; India and Sri Lanka, July 2009; China, November 2010; Indonesia, July 2011; India, July-August 2011; France and Belgium, September 2011; China and Italy, February 2012; Indonesia, July 2012. Parliamentary party positions Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 19.10.98 to 3.12.07. Shadow Minister for Family Services and the Aged from 20.10.98 to 25.11.01; Shadow Minister for Defence from 25.11.01 to 3.8.04; and Reconciliation, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs from 6.12.02 to 18.2.03; Shadow Minister for Defence Procurement, Science and Personnel from 3.8.04 to 26.10.04; Shadow Minister for Social Security from 26.10.04 to 24.6.05; Shadow Minister for Indigenous Affairs from 24.6.05 to 10.12.06; Shadow Minister for Family and Community Services from 24.6.05 to 10.12.06; Shadow Minister for National Development, Resources and Energy from 10.12.06 to 3.12.07.Opposition Whip in the Senate from 20.3.96 to 19.10.98.Leader of the Opposition in the Senate from 22.10.04 to 3.12.07.Leader of the Government in the Senate from 3.12.07 to 4.2.13. Party positions Former ALP Vice-President and Treasurer (WA).Delegate, ALP State and Federal Conferences (WA). ALP State Secretary (WA) 1991-93. Personal Born 14.5.1958, Cuckfield, UK.Married. Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament BA (UWA). Industrial officer, Federated Miscellaneous Workers' Union 1982-87. State Secretary, Fire Brigade Union (WA) 1987-90. (see also Party positions above).