Speeches First speech Browse all speeches (Hansard) Biography Parliamentary service Chosen by the Parliament of Queensland on 16.5.2000 under section 15 of the Constitution to represent that State in the Senate, vice the Hon. W Parer (resigned). Re-elected 2004, 2010 and 2016. Resigned 7.2.2018. Parliamentary appointments Member of the National Library of Australia Council from 14.3.2005 to 21.3.2007. Parliamentary positions Temporary Chair of Committees from 18.9.2002 to 6.2.2007. Ministerial appointments Minister for the Arts and Sport from 30.1.2007 to 3.12.2007.Minister for the Arts from 18.9.2013 to 21.9.2015.Attorney-General from 18.9.2013 to 20.12.2017.Vice-President of the Executive Council from 18.9.2013 to 20.12.2017.Cabinet Minister from 18.9.2013 to 20.12.2017. Committee service Senate Standing: House from 8.6.2000 to 19.3.2002; Regulations and Ordinances from 8.6.2000 to 1.7.2002; Senators' Interests from 8.6.2000 to 19.3.2002; Procedure from 1.7.2002 to 25.3.2003; Parliamentary Library from 15.3.2005 to 7.12.2005; Parliamentary Library from 2.3.2006 to 20.3.2007; Privileges from 13.2.2008 to 14.5.2010; Procedure from 12.5.2010 to 21.3.2011; Privileges from 1.7.2011 to 11.11.2013; Appropriations, Staffing and Security from 1.9.2016 to 7.2.2018. Senate Select: A Certain Maritime Incident from 11.3.2002 to 23.10.2002; Free Trade Agreement - Australia and the United States of America from 12.2.2004 to 5.8.2004; Scrafton Evidence from 30.8.2004 to 9.12.2004. Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Finance and Public Administration: Legislation from 8.6.2000 to 11.9.2006; Community Affairs: Legislation from 8.6.2000 to 11.2.2002; Employment, Workplace Relations, Small Business and Education: Legislation from 8.6.2000 to 11.2.2002; Employment, Workplace Relations, Small Business and Education: References from 8.6.2000 to 11.2.2002; Education, Employment and Workplace Relations: References from 13.2.2002 to 19.3.2002; Education, Employment and Workplace Relations: Legislation from 13.2.2002 to 19.3.2002; Economics: Legislation from 13.2.2002 to 11.9.2006 (Chair from 14.2.2002 to 11.9.2006); Economics: References from 14.2.2002 to 11.9.2006; Economics from 11.9.2006 to 8.2.2007; Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 11.9.2006 to 8.2.2007. Joint Statutory: Corporations and Financial Services from 14.2.2002 to 28.2.2007; Intelligence and Security from 6.7.2011 to 5.8.2013. Joint Standing: Electoral Matters from 28.8.2002 to 26.2.2007. Joint Select: Constitutional Recognition relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples from 29.11.2012 to 5.8.2013 (Deputy Chair from 29.11.2012 to 5.8.2013). Parliamentary party positions Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate from 18.9.2013 to 21.9.2015.Leader of the Government in the Senate from 21.9.2015 to 9.5.2016.Shadow Attorney-General from 6.12.2007 to 18.9.2013.Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate from 3.5.2010 to 18.9.2013.Shadow Minister for the Arts from 14.9.2010 to 18.9.2013. Party positions Life Member of the Young Liberal Movement.President of the Young Liberals State Branch (Qld.), 1981.Chair of the Liberal Party Constitution and Rules Committee (Qld.) from 1993 to 1994.Chair of the Liberal Party Agenda Committee (Qld.) from 1993 to 1995.Vice-President of the Liberal Party State Branch (Qld.) from 1994 to 1995.Chair of the Ryan Federal Electorate Council from 1996 to 1999.Chair of the Liberal Party Agenda Committee (Qld.) from 1997 to 1999.Chair of the Liberal Party Constitution and Rules Committee (Qld.) from 1999 to 2000. Other positions Appointed Senior Counsel from November 2006.Appointed Queen's Counsel from June 2013. Personal Born 22.6.1957, Sydney, AustraliaDivorced Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament BA(Hons) (University of Queensland).BCL (University of Oxford).LLB(Hons) (University of Queensland).Barrister from 1985. Publications Liberals face the future: essays on Australian liberalism (with T Harley and D Markwell), Oxford University Press, Melbourne: 1984.Australian liberalism: the continuing vision (with Y Thompson and T Harley), The Liberal Forum, Melbourne: 1986.