Speeches First speech Browse all speeches (Hansard) Biography Parliamentary service Elected to the House of Representatives for Parkes, New South Wales, 2001. Re-elected 2004. Elected to the House of Representatives for Calare, New South Wales, 2007, following electoral redistribution. Re-elected 2010 and 2013. Retired prior to general elections 2016. Parliamentary positions Member of the Speaker's Panel from 12.10.2015 to 9.5.2016. Ministerial appointments Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Transport and Regional Services from 26.10.2004 to 6.7.2005.Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs from 6.7.2005 to 27.1.2006.Minister for Community Services from 27.1.2006 to 30.1.2007.Assistant Minister for Environment and Water Resources from 30.1.2007 to 3.12.2007. Committee service Joint Statutory: Native Title and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Fund from 20.3.2002 to 6.2.2003; Public Accounts from 20.3.2002 to 31.8.2004. House of Representatives Standing: Environment and Heritage from 20.3.2002 to 31.8.2004; Publications from 20.3.2002 to 31.8.2004; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs (Aboriginal Affairs before 4.5.1992) from 6.2.2003 to 31.8.2004; Ageing from 4.11.2003 to 31.8.2004; Climate Change, Water, Environment and the Arts from 11.3.2008 to 3.2.2010; Environment from 9.9.2015 to 9.5.2016 (Chair from 9.9.2015 to 9.5.2016). Parliamentary party positions Chair of the Government Backbench Policy Committee on Foreign Affairs.Member of the Government Backbench Policy Committee on Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation.Member of the Government Backbench Policy Committee on Environment and Heritage.Member of the Government Backbench Policy Committee on Industry and Resources.Member of the Government Backbench Policy Committee on Tourism, Art and Sport.Shadow Minister for Regional Development from 6.12.2007 to 22.9.2008.Shadow Minister for Water Security from 6.12.2007 to 22.9.2008.Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry from 22.9.2008 to 8.12.2009.Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Food Security, Fisheries and Forestry from 8.12.2009 to 14.9.2010.Shadow Minister for Agriculture and Food Security from 14.9.2010 to 18.9.2013. Party positions Member of the National Party from 1984. Other positions Member of the Rural Assistance Authority (New South Wales Branch).Chair of the Western Division Council.Member of the Western Lands Advisory Board.President of the New South Wales Farmers' Association from 1998 to 2001.Member of the National Farmers' Federation Executive from 1998 to 2001.Chair of the Consultative Panel for the Black Spot Funding Programme from 2013. Personal Born 11.2.1950, Bathurst, Australia Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament Jackaroo, overseer and manager from 1968 to 1974.Farmer and grazier from 1976. Electorate Name: CalareLocation: central New South Wales; it includes the centres of Bathurst, Blayney, Canowindra, Eugowra, Forbes, Lithgow, Molong, Oberon, Orange, Parkes, Peak Hill, Portland, Wallerawang and Yeoval. Area: 30,526 Sq kmElectors enrolled: 102,038 (at 7.9.2013)Industries: mining, mixed farming, fruit, timber, vineyards, meat and wool processing, transport, light engineering, manufacturing and food processing, tertiary education services, agricultural and pastoral support services. Includes: Calare includes the New South Wales Legislative Assembly electorate of Orange, and parts of Bathurst.