Speeches The first speech is not yet availableRecent speech Browse all speeches (Hansard) Biography Parliamentary service Elected to the House of Representatives for Barton, New South Wales, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007 and 2010. Retired prior to general elections 2013. Ministerial appointments Attorney-General from 3.12.07 to 14.12.11.Vice-President of the Executive Council from 14.9.10 to 5.3.12.Minister for Housing from 14.12.11 to 5.3.12.Minister for Homelessness from 14.12.11 to 5.3.12.Minister for Emergency Management from 14.12.11 to 5.3.12. Committee service House of Representatives Standing: Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 30.5.96 to 31.8.98 and from 11.8.03 to 3.8.04; Privileges from 2.3.98 to 31.8.04.Joint Statutory: Law Enforcement from 15.5.13 to 5.8.13.Joint Standing: Treaties from 17.6.96 to 31.8.98 and from 20.9.12 to 14.3.13; Electoral Matters from 15.5.97 to 30.10.97 and from 4.12.00 to 26.6.01; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 14.3.12 to 1.11.12.Joint Select: Republic Referendum from 9.6.99 to 9.8.99; Gambling Reform from 13.2.13 to 24.6.13. Conferences, delegations and visits Official visits to UK and USA, March-April 2008; New Zealand, June 2008; UK, July 2008; New Zealand, July 2008 and January 2009; UK, November 2009; USA, April-May 2010; Switzerland, January 2011; New Zealand, March, April, July and November 2011; Belgium and France, November 2011; New Zealand, February 2012.Deputy Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to AIPO meeting, Phuket, Thailand, September 1996.Member, Parliamentary Delegation to New Zealand, May 2004.Official visit to the Solomon Islands, December 2004.Member, Parliamentary Delegation to UK, Poland and Italy, June-July 2006. Parliamentary party positions Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 19.10.98 to 3.12.07. Shadow Attorney-General from 20.10.98 to 8.12.03; Workplace Relations from 25.11.01 to 2.7.03; Justice and Community Security from 2.7.03 to 8.12.03; Homeland Security from 8.12.03 to 10.12.06; Shadow Minister for Defence from 26.10.04 to 10.12.06; Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs from 10.12.06 to 3.12.07. Party positions Member, ALP from 1972.Various positions including Branch Secretary and Delegate to State Conference (NSW).President, Barton Federal Electorate Council. Personal Born 26.1.1958 at Sydney, NSW.Married. Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament BA, LLB (NSW), LLM (Syd).Associate to the Hon. Justice PG Evatt, DSC, Judge of the Federal Court of Australia 1981-82.Solicitor 1982-96; partner in firm 1988-96. Electorate Description: inner metropolitan.Location: south eastern Sydney; it includes the suburbs of Arncliffe, Banksia, Bardwell Valley, Beverley Park, Bexley, Bexley North, Brighton-Le-Sands, Carss Park, Dolls Point, Kogarah, Kogarah Bay, Kyeemagh, Monterey, Ramsgate, Ramsgate Beach, Rockdale, Sandringham, Sans Souci, Turrella, Wolli Creek and parts of Beverly Hills, Carlton, Earlwood and Kingsgrove.Area: 44 sq km (approx.).Electors enrolled: 95 243 (at 21.8.10).Industries: Light manufacturing, commercial and retail industry, tourism and health services.State electorates: Barton includes the New South Wales Legislative Assembly electorate of Rockdale, and parts of Canterbury, Kogarah and Lakemba.