Speeches First speech Browse all speeches (Hansard) Biography Parliamentary service Elected to the Senate for South Australia 2004 (term began 1.7.2005) and 2010. Defeated at general elections 2016. Parliamentary positions Temporary Chair of Committees from 12.2.08 to 4.9.08. Committee service Senate Standing: Library from 1.7.05 to 7.12.05; Scrutiny of Bills from 23.6.05 to 30.6.08; Senators' Interests from 1.7.05 to 11.2.08; Selection of Bills from 1.7.08 to 9.5.16 (Chair from 27.9.10 to 11.11.13); House from 26.10.10 to 9.5.16; Procedure from 12.11.13; Privileges from 12.2.15 to 9.5.16; Appropriations, Staffing and Security from 12.11.15 to 9.5.16; Environment and Communications References from 18.4.16 to 9.5.16.Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: Legislation and References Committees from 1.7.05 to 11.9.06; Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport from 11.9.06 to 11.2.08; Employment, Workplace Relations and Education from 11.9.06 to 11.2.08; Environment, Communications and the Arts from 12.2.08 (Chair from 12.2.08) 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 Committee from 30.9.10 to 1.7.11; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 12.2.08 to 14.5.09; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: Legislation Committee from 1.7.11 to 11.11.13 and from 6.3.14 to 9.5.16 and References Committee from 12.11.13 to 9.5.16; Economics from 17.3.08 to 30.6.08; Finance and Public Administration: References Committee from 1.7.11 to 11.11.13.Senate Select: Fuel and Energy from 1.7.08 to 30.8.10; Electricity Prices from 23.8.12 to 1.11.12; National Broadband Network from 26.03.15 to 13.5.15; Unconventional Gas Mining from 3.12.15 to 9.5.16.Joint Standing: Migration from 14.2.08 to 1.7.11; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 1.7.11 to 9.5.16. Parliamentary party positions Deputy Government Whip in the Senate from 1.7.08 to 27.9.10. Chief Government Whip in the Senate from 27.9.10 to 18.9.13.Chief Opposition Whip in the Senate from 18.10.13 to 9.5.16. Party positions Delegate, ALP State Conventions (SA) from 1996.Delegate, ALP National Conference 2004, 2009 and 2011.Senior Vice-President, ALP (SA) 2004.President, ALP (SA) 2005. Personal Born 3.8.1954, Adelaide, SA. Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament BA (Adel).Clerk and administrator prior to 1993.Union organiser 1993-2002.Secretary, Australian Services Union (SA and NT) 2002-05. Honours Awarded Centenary Medal 2003.