Speeches First speech Recent speech Browse all speeches (Hansard) Biography Parliamentary service Chosen by the Parliament of South Australia on 6.6.2007 under section 15 of the Constitution to represent that State in the Senate, vice the Hon. AE Vanstone (resigned)(term ended 30.6.2011). Elected 2010 (term began 1.7.2011). Resigned 14.8.2012. Parliamentary positions Temporary Chair of Committees from 28.9.10 to 14.8.12. Committee service Senate Standing: Publications from 17.8.07 to 11.2.08.Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Employment, Workplace Relations and Education from 20.6.07 to 11.2.08; Education, Employment and Workplace Relations from 12.2.08 to 12.3.09; Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts from 10.9.07 to 11.2.08; Environment, Communications and the Arts: Legislation and References Committees from 2.2.10 to 27.9.10; Environment and Communications: Legislation and References Committees from 28.9.10 to 14.8.12; Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 12.2.08 to 14.5.09; Legal and Constitional Affairs: Legislation and References Committees from 14.5.09 to 11.3.10.Senate Select: Agricultural and Related Industries from 14.2.08 to 23.9.10; National Broadband Network from 26.6.08 to 17.6.10; Australia's Food Processing Sector from 16.6.11 to 14.8.12.Joint Standing: National Broadband Network from 3.3.11 to 14.8.12. Personal Born 25.12.1962, Beverley, WA.Married. Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament BJuris, LLB (WA).Policy adviser and workplace relations practitioner, farming organisations in WA and NSW.Senior policy adviser to the Minister for Workplace Relations.General manager, Business SA.