Speeches The first speech is not yet availableRecent speech Browse all speeches (Hansard) Biography Parliamentary service Elected to the House of Representatives for Charlton, New South Wales, 2007 and 2010. Retired prior to general elections 2013. Ministerial appointments Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Procurement from 3.12.07 to 25.2.09.Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change from 25.2.09 to 9.6.09. Minister for Defence Personnel, Materiel and Science from 9.6.09 to 1.4.10.Minister for Defence Materiel and Science from 1.4.10 to 14.9.10.Minister Assisting the Minister for Climate Change from 9.6.09 to 8.3.10.Minister Assisting the Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency from 8.3.10 to 14.9.10.Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency from 14.9.10 to 25.3.13.Minister for Industry and Innovation from 14.12.11 to 25.3.13.Minister for Climate Change, Industry and Innovation from 25.3.13 to 1.7.13. Conferences, delegations and visits Official visits to UK, France, Spain and USA, July 2008; USA, September-October 2009; Mexico, December 2010; Belgium and France, April-May 2011; South Africa, December 2011; UK, Belgium and Germany, March-April 2012; Japan, Italy and France, April 2012; China and Republic of Korea, April 2012. Personal Born 28.4.1958, Sydney, NSW. Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament BEng(Min)(Hons I)(NSW), BEc (Syd).Graduate Diploma of Labour Relations and the Law (Syd).Union official 1987-2007.Secretary, Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) 1999-2007. Electorate Description: provincial.Location: lower Hunter Valley; it includes the centres of Boolaroo, Cardiff, Cooranbong, Edgeworth, Elermore Vale, Fletcher, Minmi, Morisset, Speers Point, Toronto, Wangi Wangi, and parts of Wallsend and Warners Bay.Area: 688 sq km (approx.).Electors enrolled: 94 480 (at 21.8.10).Industries: light and heavy engineering, timber, textiles, some dairy farms and poultry farming, tourism, coal-mining, electricity and retailing.State electorates: Charlton includes parts of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly electorates of Cessnock, Charlestown, Lake Macquarie and Wallsend. Honours Appointed Member of the Order of Australia, June 2006.