- Parliamentary service
- Elected to the House of Representatives for Brisbane, Queensland, 1990, 1993, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2004 and 2007. Defeated at general elections 2010.
- Parliamentary positions
- Member, Speaker's Panel from 18.2.08 to 19.7.10.
- Ministerial appointments
- Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence from 25.3.94 to 11.3.96.
- Committee service
- House of Representatives Standing: Employment, Education and Training from 16.5.90 to 8.2.93; Long Term Strategies from 1.6.90 to 8.2.93; Industry, Science and Technology from 12.5.93 (Chair from 13.5.93) to 10.5.94; Televising of the House of Representatives from 26.5.93 to 10.5.94; Employment and Workplace Relations from 20.3.02 to 16.2.04.
- Joint Statutory: Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings from 26.5.93 to 10.5.94; Public Accounts and Audit from 18.2.08 to 19.7.10; Intelligence and Security from 12.3.08 (Chair from 13.3.08) to 19.7.10.
- Joint Standing: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 17.5.90 to 10.5.94, from 18.6.96 to 31.8.98, from 20.3.02 to 31.8.04 and from 18.2.08 (Chair, Defence Sub-Committee from 12.3.08) to 19.7.10; Electoral Matters from 3.3.92 (Chair from 4.3.92) to 8.2.93.
- Conferences, delegations and visits
- Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Romania, Greece and UK, November-December 1990.
- Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Switzerland, June 1999.
- Member, Parliamentary Delegation to New Zealand, April 2003.
- Member, Parliamentary Delegation to France, Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands, April-May 2004.
- Member, Parliamentary Delegation to New Zealand, October 2008.
- Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Timor-Leste, August 2009.
- Member, Parliamentary Delegation to UK and Belgium, November 2009.
- Parliamentary party positions
- Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 19.3.96 to 22.11.01 and from 22.10.04 to 3.12.07. Shadow Minister for Defence from 20.3.96 to 20.10.98; Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations from 20.10.98 to 22.11.01; Shadow Minister for Defence Planning and Personnel from 26.10.04 to 24.6.05; and Assisting the Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations from 26.10.04 to 24.6.05; Shadow Minister for Aviation and Transport Security from 24.6.05 to 10.12.06; Shadow Minister for Homeland Security from 24.6.05 to 3.12.07; Shadow Minister for Territories from 10.12.06 to 3.12.07; and Shadow Minister for Justice and Customs from 9.3.07 to 3.12.07.
- Party positions
- State President, Young Labor (Qld) 1975.
- National President, Young Labor 1978.
- Member, ALP National Executive 1988-90 and 2000-02.
- Member, ALP Administrative Committee (Qld) from 1988.
- National Vice-President, ALP 2000-02.
- Born 10.4.1955, Brisbane, Qld.
- Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
- DipT (Brisbane CAE).
- Teacher 1975-77.
- Organiser, Queensland Teachers' Union 1977-80.
- Deputy General Secretary, Queensland Teachers' Union 1980-90.
Description: inner metropolitan.
Location: central Brisbane; it includes the suburbs of Alderley, Ashgrove, Bowen Hills, Brisbane City, Enoggera, Ferny Grove, Fortitude Valley, Gaythorne, Grange, Grovely, Herston, Kelvin Grove, Keperra, Milton, Mitchelton, New Farm, Newmarket, Newstead, Red Hill, Spring Hill, Upper Kedron, Wilston, Windsor and parts of Albion, Bardon, Everton Park, Paddington, Rosalie and Stafford.
Area: 76 sq km (approx.).
Electors enrolled: 91 638 (at 24.11.07).
Industries: light industry, retail and service industries. It also includes Queensland Parliament House, Brisbane City Council Chambers, Enoggera Military Camp and many Commonwealth Government, State Government and business administrative offices.
State electorates: Brisbane includes the Queensland Legislative Assembly electorates of Brisbane Central, and parts of Ashgrove, Everton, Ferny Grove, Mount Coot-tha and Stafford.