- Parliamentary service
- Elected to the House of Representatives for Corangamite, Victoria, at by-election 18.2.1984, vice the Hon. AA Street (resigned). Re-elected 1984, 1987, 1990, 1993, 1996, 1998, 2001 and 2004. Defeated at general elections 2007.
- Committee service
- House of Representatives Standing: Finance and Public Administration from 8.10.87 to 19.2.90; Industry, Science and Technology from 8.10.87 to 8.2.93; Transport, Communications and Infrastructure from 12.5.93 to 29.1.96; Communications, Transport and Microeconomic Reform from 29.5.96 to 17.10.07; Transport and Regional Services from 20.3.02 to 17.10.07; Long Term Strategies from 17.11.93 to 29.1.96; Selection from 7.5.96 to 17.10.07; Environment and Heritage from 20.3.02 to 17.10.07; Privileges from 12.8.04 to 17.10.07; Economics, Finance and Public Administration from 1.12.04 to 17.10.07.
- House of Representatives Select: Recent Australian Bushfires from 27.3.03 to 5.11.03.
- Joint Statutory: Australian Security Intelligence Organization from 7.4.98 to 11.2.02; ASIO, ASIS and DSD from 21.3.02 to 2.12.05; Intelligence and Security from 2.12.05 to 17.10.07; Corporations and Financial Services from 20.3.02 to 17.10.07.
- Joint Standing: Australian Capital Territory from 28.2.85 to 5.6.87.
- Joint Select: Intelligence Services from 28.6.01 to 27.8.01.
- Conferences, delegations and visits
- Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the Philippines and the Republic of Korea, October 1988.
- Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the European Parliamentary Institutions and Ireland, August-September 1991.
- Deputy Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to India, Nepal and Bangladesh, November-December 1993.
- Deputy Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to AIPO, Singapore and bilateral visit to Thailand, September 1995.
- Bilateral visits to Canada and USA, October-November 1999.
- Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia, November 2003.
- Official visit to Turkey, April 2005.
- Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Denmark and Sweden, October 2005.
- Member, Parliamentary Delegation to South Africa, September-October 2006.
- Member, Parliamentary Delegation to New Zealand, July 2007.
- Parliamentary party positions
- Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 11.4.90 to 7.4.93. Parliamentary Secretary to the Chair, Opposition Industry and Structural Reform Group from 11.4.90 to 7.4.93.
- Government Whip from 11.3.96 to 17.10.07.
- Party positions
- President, Liberal Party (Vic) 1982-1984.
- Chair, Liberal Party, Corangamite Electorate Committee 1975-82.
- Chair, Liberal Party, Wannon-Corangamite Area Conference 1978-82.
- President, Liberal Party, Camperdown Branch 1969-83.
- Member, Liberal Party, Hampden-Ripon Campaign Committee 1972-84.
- Member, Liberal Party, Corangamite Finance Committee 1975-84.
- Member, Liberal Party, Western Zone Finance Committee 1975-84.
- Born 27.10.1937 at Melbourne, Vic.
- Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
- MA (Cantab).
- Farmer and company director.
- Chair, Lismore Branch Graziers' Association 1970-80.
- Chair, Marcus Oldham College Council from 1976-96; Member from 1996.
- Chair, Victorian Advisory Council on Agricultural Education 1976-82.
- Member, Graziers' Association Council 1976-80.
- Member, Young Farmers' Finance Council 1979-82.
- Member, Victorian Farmers' and Graziers' Association Council (VFGA) 1980-81.
- Member, Victorian Technical and Further Education Board (TAFE) 1980-83.
- Foundation member, Victorian College of Agriculture and Horticulture 1983-97.
- Board Member, Institute of Land and Food Resources, Melbourne University from 1997.
Location: south-western Victoria; it includes the outer southern Geelong suburbs of Belmont, Grovedale and Highton, and the towns of Anglesea, Apollo Bay, Barwon Heads, Colac, Inverleigh, Linton, Lorne, Ocean Grove, Portarlington, Torquay and Winchelsea.
Area: 7724 sq km (approx.).
Electors enrolled: 90 877 (at 9.10.04).
Industries: beef and dairy cattle, crops, fishing, forestry, horticultural and organic farming, sheep, food processing, manufacturing, retail and tourism.
State electorates: Corangamite includes the Victorian Legislative Assembly electorate of South Barwon, and parts of Ballarat East, Bellarine, Geelong, Polwarth and Ripon.