Speeches The first speech is not yet availableRecent speech Browse all speeches (Hansard) Biography Parliamentary service Elected to the Senate for South Australia, 1993 (term began 1.7.1993), 1998 and 2004. Retired at general elections 2010 (term ended 30.6.2011). Ministerial appointments Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister from 11.3.96 to 9.10.97.Special Minister of State from 9.10.97 to 21.10.98.Minister Assisting the Prime Minister from 9.10.97 to 21.10.98.Minister for Industry, Science and Resources from 21.10.98 to 26.11.01.Minister for Finance and Administration from 26.11.01 to 3.12.07.Vice-President of the Executive Council from 18.7.04 to 3.12.07. Committee service Senate Standing: House from 18.8.93 to 29.4.96; Regulations and Ordinances from 18.8.93 to 29.4.96; Senators' Interests from 24.3.94 (Chair from 8.11.94) to 29.4.96; Appropriations and Staffing from 27.1.06 to 3.5.10; Procedure from 27.1.06 to 3.5.10.Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Finance and Public Administration: Legislation and References Committees from 10.10.94 to 29.4.96; Community Affairs: References Committee from 30.11.94 to 29.4.96; Economics: Legislation Committee from 9.9.96 to 8.10.96.Senate Select: Certain Aspects of Foreign Ownership Decisions in relation to the Print Media from 14.12.93 to 30.3.95.Joint Statutory: National Crime Authority from 19.8.93 to 7.10.93; Australian Security Intelligence Organization from 6.10.93 to 29.1.96.Joint Standing: Electoral Matters from 19.8.93 to 21.10.97. Conferences, delegations and visits Member, Official Delegation to the European Parliamentary Institutions and bilateral visit to France, September-October 1994.Member, Parliamentary Delegation to 41st CPA Conference, Colombo, and bilateral visit to Sri Lanka, October 1995.Leader, bilateral visit to India and Pakistan, August-September 1996.Official visits to the Philippines, June 1998; Indonesia, February-March 1999; Japan and Taiwan, April 1999; USA and Canada, July 1999; USA, September-October 1999; China, January 2000; Papua New Guinea, March 2000; Germany and France, March 2000; Brazil, Chile and Argentina, February 2001; Hong Kong, Korea, Japan and Singapore, May 2001; East Timor, July 2001; South Africa, July-August 2001; Japan, France and UK, July 2002; Papua New Guinea, November 2002; China, Russia and UK, December 2002; Switzerland, January 2003; USA, September-October 2003; Papua New Guinea, December 2004; USA, April 2005; Solomon Islands, Nauru, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu, July 2005; New Zealand, November 2005.Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Vietnam, September 2010. Parliamentary party positions Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition from 26.5.94 to 11.3.96.Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate from 7.10.03 to 27.1.06.Leader of the Government in the Senate from 27.1.06 to 3.12.07.Leader of the Opposition in the Senate from 6.12.07 to 3.5.10.Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 6.12.07 to 25.3.10. Shadow Minister for Defence from 6.12.07 to 22.9.08; Shadow Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy from 22.9.08 to 8.12.09; Shadow Minister for Resources and Energy from 8.12.09 to 25.3.10. Party positions Staff member, Liberal Party Federal Secretariat 1977-83.Deputy Federal Director, Liberal Party 1983.State Director, Liberal Party (SA) 1985-93.Campaign Director, Liberal Party (SA) 1985-93. Personal Born 15.4.1953, Sydney, NSW.Married. Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament BEc, LLB (ANU).Solicitor.Party official (see Party positions above).