Speeches First speech Browse all speeches (Hansard) Biography Parliamentary service Elected to the House of Representatives for Indi, Victoria, 2013. Re-elected 2016. Retired prior to general elections 2019. Committee service House of Representatives Select: Regional Development and Decentralisation served from 13.6.2017 to 28.6.2018House of Representatives Standing: Agriculture and Industry served from 4.12.2013 to 9.5.2016; Infrastructure, Transport and Cities served from 15.9.2016 to 11.4.2019Joint Select: Constitutional Recognition Relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (2018) served from 26.3.2018 to 29.11.2018Joint Standing: National Broadband Network served from 10.10.2016 to 11.4.2019Joint Statutory: Human Rights served from 14.5.2015 to 9.5.2016 Personal Born 29.11.1953, Albury, Australia Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament DipEd (University of Melbourne).MAppSc (University of Western Sydney).BA (Monash University).Teacher.Legislative and research assistant to the Member for Indi, E Cameron, MP from 1980 to 1983.Rural community consultant from 1984 to 1987.Rural Affairs Adviser at the Department of Agriculture (Vic.) from 1987 to 1990.Managing Director of Catherine McGowan Consulting from 1990 to 2013.Lecturer at the University of Western Sydney from 1992 to 2003. Electorate Name: IndiLocation: north-eastern Victoria; the main towns include main towns include Alexandra, Beechworth, Benalla, Bright, Corryong, Eildon, Kinglake, Mansfield, Marysville, Mount Beauty, Myrtleford, Rutherglen, Tallangatta, Wangaratta, Wodonga and Yea.Area: 28,567 Sq kmElectors enrolled: 103,734 (at 2.7.2016)Industries: tourism, forestry, wood chipping, viticulture, agriculture, timber processing and manufacturing. Includes: Honours Awarded a Centenary Medal, 01.01.2001.Appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia, 14.06.2004.