Speeches First speech Recent speech Browse all speeches (Hansard) Biography Parliamentary service Elected to the Senate for Western Australia 2004 (term began 1.7.2005) and 2010. Died 31.3.12. Parliamentary positions Temporary Chair of Committees from 7.7.11 to 31.3.12. Committee service Senate Standing: Scrutiny of Bills from 23.3.07 (Deputy Chair from 9.5.07) to 11.2.08; Senators' Interests from 13.2.08 to 31.3.12; Selection of Bills from 13.2.08 to 4.2.09 and from 12.5.09 to 31.3.12.Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Community Affairs from 1.7.05: Legislation and References Committees from 1.7.05 to 11.9.06 and from 14.5.09 to 31.3.12; Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts: References Committee from 11.10.05 to 11.9.06; Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport from 9.5.07 to 11.2.08.Senate Select: Regional and Remote Indigenous Communities from 20.3.08 to 24.9.10; Men's Health from 13.11.08 to 4.2.09 and from 12.5.09 to 15.6.09.Joint Standing: Electoral Matters from 26.2.07 to 17.10.07; National Capital and External Territories from 11.3.10 to 31.3.12. Conferences, delegations and visits Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Malaysia and Japan, April 2006.Attended Australasian Scrutiny of Legislation Conference, Wellington, New Zealand, July-August 2007.Member, Parliamentary Delegation to New Zealand, April 2008.Member, Parliamentary Delegaton to Denmark, Sweden and Greece, April 2011. Parliamentary party positions Deputy Opposition Whip in the Senate from 3.12.07 to 31.3.12. Party positions Member, Liberal Party Katanning Branch (WA) 1978-82.Member, Liberal Party Kojonup Branch (WA) from 1996; Secretary 1996-2000 and 2002-04.Member, Liberal Party State Council (WA) 1997-2005.Vice-President, Liberal Party State Women's Council (WA) 1998-2002 and 2004.President, Liberal Party O'Connor Division (WA) 2000-04.Member, Liberal Party State Executive (WA) 2000-04. Personal Born 11.4.1943, Picton, New Zealand.Died 31.3.2012, Kalamunda, WA. Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament General Nursing, Maternity and Midwifery Certificates (NZ).Post Basic Diploma in Operating Theatre Nursing (NZ).Justice of the Peace.Nurse 1961-71.Farmer from 1973.Rural Health consultancy 2002-03. Military Service New Zealand Territorial Army: No. 2 General Hospital, 1st Lieutenant (Army Reserve) 1965-70.