Speeches First speech Recent speech Browse all speeches (Hansard) Biography Parliamentary service State: Elected to the Tasmanian House of Assembly for Lyons 1989. Defeated 1998.Federal: Elected to the Senate for Tasmania 2004 (term began 1.7.2005) and 2010. Resigned 10.8.2015. Committee service Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: Legislation Committee from 1.7.05 to 11.9.06 and References Committee from 14.5.09 to 11.9.12; Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport from 23.8.08 to 14.5.09.Senate Select: Agricultural and Related Industries from 14.2.08 to 26.11.09; Climate Policy from 17.3.09 to 15.6.09; Electricity Prices from 23.8.12 to 1.11.12.Joint Statutory: Corporations and Financial Services from 4.7.11 to 7.7.11; Public Accounts and Audit from 4.7.11 to 7.7.11; Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity from 20.9.12 to 5.8.13.Joint Select: Parliamentary Budget Office from 23.11.10 to 23.3.11. Parliamentary party positions Federal: Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens from 10.11.08 to 13.4.12.Leader of the Australian Greens from 13.4.12 to 6.5.15.State: Parliamentary Leader of the Greens (Tas) 1993-98 (first female leader of a political party in Tasmania).Australian Greens Portfolios: Climate Change, Resources and Energy, Trade, Finance and Administration, Competition Policy and Small Business, Art, Food Security and Regional Australia from 1.7.11 to 1.7.12.Arts, Climate Change, Defence and National Security, Finance and Administration, Food Security, Foreign Affairs, Forests (Tasmania), Prime Minister and Cabinet, Regional Australia, Resources and Energy, Treasury, Whaling and Antarctica from 1.7.12 to 11.11.13.Prime Minister and Cabinet, Treasury and Finance, Foreign Affairs and Defence, Climate Change, Resources and Energy, Arts, Food Security and Regional Australia, Forests (Tasmania), and Antarctica from 11.11.13 to 1.7.14.Arts, Climate Change, Foreign Affairs, Prime Minister and Cabinet, Treasury from 1.7.14 to 25.5.15. Personal Born 14.5.1953, Latrobe, Tas. Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament BA(Hons), CertEduc (Tas).Secondary school teacher 1975-84.Environmental activist from 1980: Leader, Wesley Vale Pulp Mill campaign 1988-89; participated in Franklin River blockade 1983 and Tarkine wilderness protest 1995.Research officer, Australian Bicentennial Historical Records Search 1987-88.Member, Tasmanian House of Assembly 1989-98 (see Parliamentary service above).Adviser to Senator RJ Brown 2000-04. Honours Women 88, Australian Bicentennial Award 1988.Global 500, United Nations Environment Programme 1990.