Speeches First speech Browse all speeches (Hansard) Biography Parliamentary service Elected to the Senate for Western Australia 2007 (term began 1.7.2008), 2014 and 2016. Resigned 14.7.2017. Parliamentary positions Temporary Chair of Committees from 13.5.10 to 7.7.14. Committee service Senate Standing: Privileges from 13.10.11 to 9.5.16 and from 1.9.16 to 14.7.17; Procedure from 19.6.12 to 14.8.12.Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Environment, Communications and the Arts from 1.7.08 to 14.5.09; Environment, Communications and the Arts: Legislation and References Committees from 14.5.09 to 27.9.10; Environment and Communications: Legislation and References Committees from 30.9.10 to 5.7.11; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 4.9.08 to 14.5.09; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation and References from 14.5.09 to 11.11.13, from 7.7.14 to 9.5.16 and from 1.9.16to 14.7.17; Legal and Constitutional Affairs: Legislation and References Committees from 14.5.09 to 5.7.11.Senate Select: National Broadband Network from 10.2.09 to 17.6.10 and from 14.11.13 to 9.5.16; Reform of the Australian Federation from 21.6.10 to 30.6.11; Abbott Government's Budget Cuts from 3.12.14 to 9.5.16(renamed Scrutiny of Government Budget Measures on 11.8.15).Joint Standing: Treaties from 4.9.08 to 7.7.14 and from 14.6.16 to 14.7.17; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 26.11.08 to 5.8.13 and from 12.9.16 to 14.7.17; National Broadband Network from 21.3.11 to 5.8.13 and from 15.9.16 to 14.7.17.Joint Select: Cyber-Safety from 17.3.10 to 24.6.13; Broadcasting Legislation from 14.3.13 to 24.6.13. Parliamentary party positions Co-Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens from 6.5.15 to 14.7.17.Australian Greens portfolios: Broadband, Communications and Digital Economy; Housing; Nuclear; Mining (Western Australia); Transport; Infrastructure; Waste and Sustainable Cities; Burma; Assisting on Defence from 1.7.11 to 1.7.12.Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy; Burma; Heritage; Housing, Infrastructure; Mining (WA); Nuclear; Sustainable Cities; Assisting on Defence; Assisting on National Security from 1.7.12 to 11.11.13.Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy; Housing; Nuclear; Infrastructure; Heritage and Sustainable Cities; Assisting Defence Materiel; Assisting on Resources and Energy from 11.11.13 to 1.7.14.Broadband; Communications and the Digital Economy; Defence; Housing and Sustainable Cities; Nuclear from 1.7.14 to 25.5.15. Foreign Affairs; Broadband; Communications and Digital Economy; Housing and Sustainable Cities; Nuclear from 25.5.15 to 15.9.15.Foreign Affairs; Broadband and Communications; Housing and Sustainable Cities; Nuclear from 15.9.15 to 25.8.16.Foreign Affairs; Defence and Veterans' Affairs; International Aid and Development; Communications; Sustainable Cities; and Nuclear from 25.8.16 to 14.7.17. Personal Born 10.1.1970, Palmerston North, New Zealand. Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament BA Design (Curtin University), GradDip Policy Studies (Murdoch).Graphic designer.Research officer.Electorate officer, Senator RM Siewert.