Speeches First speech Recent speech Browse all speeches (Hansard) Biography Parliamentary service Elected to the Senate for Queensland 2007 (term began 1.7.2008). Defeated at general elections 2013 (term ended 30.6.2014). Parliamentary positions Temporary Chair of Committees from 7.7.11 to 30.6.14. Committee service Senate Standing: Publications from 30.9.10 to 30.6.14; Regulations and Ordinances from 1.7.11 to 11.11.13.Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Economics from 1.7.08 to 14.5.09; Community Affairs from 28.8.08 to 14.5.09; Community Affairs: Legislation Committee from 14.5.09 to 11.11.13; Legal and Constitutional Affairs: Legislation and References Committees from 30.9.10 to 11.11.13.Senate Select: Climate Policy from 18.3.09 to 15.6.09; Reform of the Australian Federation from 13.5.10 to 30.6.11.Joint Statutory: Law Enforcement from 1.7.11 to 30.6.14; Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity from 4.12.13 to 30.6.14.Joint Standing: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 16.3.09 to 30.6.14. Conferences, delegations and visits Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, September-October 2008.Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Timor-Leste, August 2009.Member, Parliamentary Delegation to United Arab Emirates, May 2011.Member, Parliamentary Delegation to UK, Spain, Germany and USA, April-May 2012. Party positions Delegate, Pine Rivers Municipal Electoral Council 1996-98, 2000 and 2006.Secretary, ALP Bray Park Branch 1997-98.Delegate, ALP State Conference 1997-2008.Delegate, State Electoral Council 1999 and 2007.Vice-President, ALP Pine Rivers Central Branch 2005-07.Member, ALP Administrative Committee from 2005.Member, Electoral College from 2005.Delegate, Dickson Federal Electoral Council 2006-08.Delegate, ALP National Conference 2007.Member, ALP Campaign Committee. Personal Born 11.4.1958, Brisbane, Qld.Married. Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament Assoc Dip of Business (Industrial Relations) (QUT/TAFE).Organiser, Transport Workers' Union (Qld) 1989-92.Industrial Officer, Queensland Police Union 1992-96.Organiser, Senior Organiser, Branch Secretary and General Vice-President, National Union of Workers (Qld) 1996-2008.