Speeches First speech Browse all speeches (Hansard) Biography Parliamentary service Elected to the Senate for the Northern Territory 2001. Re-elected 2004, 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016. Retired prior to general elections 2019. Ministerial appointments Minister for Community Services from 30.1.2007 to 3.12.2007.Minister for Indigenous Affairs from 18.9.2013 to 29.5.2019.Cabinet Minister from 18.9.2013 to 29.5.2019. Committee service Joint Select: Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples served from 29.11.2012 to 5.8.2013Joint Standing: National Capital and External Territories served from 1.7.2002 to 16.8.2005; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade served from 16.8.2005 to 8.2.2007; National Capital and External Territories served from 7.9.2009 to 27.10.2009Joint Statutory: Public Accounts and Audit served from 14.2.2002 to 16.8.2005; Native Title and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Fund served from 1.7.2002 to 31.8.2004; Native Title and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Account served from 29.11.2004 to 14.9.2005; Native Title and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Account served as Chair from 15.9.2005 to 23.3.2006Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Legal and Constitutional Affairs: Legislation served from 13.2.2002 to 10.9.2006; Legal and Constitutional Affairs: References served from 14.2.2002 to 16.8.2005; Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts: References served as Substitute member from 16.9.2002 to 14.10.2003; Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts: Legislation served as Substitute member from 25.5.2004 to 25.5.2004; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: Legislation served from 11.8.2005 to 16.8.2005; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: References served from 11.8.2005 to 16.8.2005; Legal and Constitutional Affairs served from 11.9.2006 to 8.2.2007Senate Select: Administration of Indigenous Affairs served from 17.6.2004 to 8.3.2005; Mental Health served from 10.3.2005 to 28.4.2006; Regional and Remote Indigenous Communities served from 20.3.2008 to 9.2.2009; Regional and Remote Indigenous Communities served as Chair from 10.2.2009 to 24.9.2010Senate Standing: Parliamentary Library served from 14.2.2002 to 16.8.2005; Publications served from 28.8.2002 to 16.8.2005; Selection of Bills served from 7.2.2006 to 6.2.2007 Parliamentary party positions The Nationals. Served: 11.10.2003 to 18.05.2019National Party of Australia. Served: 10.11.2001 to 11.10.2003Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry from 6.12.2007 to 22.9.2008.Shadow Cabinet Minister from 6.12.2007 to 18.9.2013.Shadow Minister for Human Services from 22.9.2008 to 8.12.2009.Shadow Minister for Indigenous Affairs from 8.12.2009 to 18.9.2013.Nationals Whip in the Senate from 7.2.2006 to 6.2.2007.Deputy Leader of The Nationals in the Senate from 7.2.2007 to 3.12.2007.Leader of the Nationals in the Senate from 3.12.2007 to 17.9.2008.Deputy Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Nationals from 3.12.2007 to 13.9.2013.Leader of the Nationals in the Senate from 13.9.2013 to 30.6.2019. Party positions Member of the Country Liberal Party Management Committee. Personal Born: 4.5.1956, London, EnglandGender: Male Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament USL Master Class V ().Graduate of Australian Rural Leadership Program.Professional fisherman and owner/operator of various marine service industries.Field assistant, geophysical observer and managerial positions in the mining industry.Company director.Chair of the Seafood Council (NT) from 1994 to 2001.Chair of the Seafood and Maritime Training Advisory Board (NT) from 1994 to 1998.Chair of the Australian Seafood Industry Council from 1996 to 2001.Deputy Chair of the International Coalition of Fisheries Association, 1998.Chair of the International Coalition of Fisheries Association, 1999.