Speeches First speech Browse all speeches (Hansard) Biography Parliamentary service Elected to the Senate for New South Wales 2001. Re-elected 2007. Defeated at general elections 2013. Parliamentary positions Temporary Chair of Committees from 7.7.2011 to 30.6.2014. Ministerial appointments Parliamentary Secretary for the Voluntary Sector from 3.12.2007 to 14.9.2010.Parliamentary Secretary for Social Inclusion from 3.12.2007 to 14.9.2010.Parliamentary Secretary Assisting the Prime Minister for Social Inclusion from 3.12.2007 to 25.2.2009. Committee service Senate Standing: House from 1.7.2002 to 27.9.2010; Parliamentary Library from 18.11.2004 to 1.7.2005; Regulations and Ordinances from 30.9.2010 to 1.7.2011; Senators' Interests from 1.7.2011 to 11.11.2013; Privileges from 21.6.2012 to 11.11.2013. Senate Select: Medicare from 15.5.2003 to 11.2.2004; Australia's Food Processing Sector from 1.7.2011 to 16.8.2012; Cyber-Safety from 27.6.2013 to 30.8.2013. Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Legal and Constitutional Affairs: References from 1.7.2002 to 4.12.2003; Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: References from 1.7.2002 to 1.7.2005; Economics: Legislation from 24.6.2003 to 11.9.2006; Economics: References from 24.6.2003 to 11.9.2006 (Chair from 26.6.2003 to 11.9.2006); Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: Legislation from 18.11.2004 to 1.7.2005; Finance and Public Administration: References from 1.7.2005 to 13.9.2005; Finance and Public Administration: Legislation from 1.7.2005 to 13.9.2005; Economics from 11.9.2006 to 11.2.2008; Finance and Public Administration: Legislation from 30.9.2010 to 11.11.2013; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: Legislation from 1.7.2011 to 30.6.2014; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: References from 1.7.2011 to 30.6.2014; Environment and Communications: References from 12.11.2013 to 30.6.2014. Joint Statutory: Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings (formerly Broadcasting) from 1.7.2002 to 31.8.2004; Corporations and Financial Services from 26.10.2010 to 7.2.2012; Intelligence and Security from 7.7.2011 to 5.8.2013; Human Rights from 13.3.2012 to 30.6.2014; Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings (formerly Broadcasting) from 12.11.2013 to 30.6.2014. Joint Standing: Treaties from 1.7.2002 to 1.7.2005; National Broadband Network from 24.3.2011 to 16.3.2012; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 1.7.2011 to 30.6.2014; National Disability Insurance Scheme from 4.12.2013 to 30.6.2014. Joint Select: DisabilityCare Australia from 18.6.2013 to 5.8.2013. Conferences, delegations and visits Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Turkey and Ireland, October 2005.Official visit to Italy, October 2010.Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Brazil and Panama, April 2011.Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Switzerland, Germany and Austria, October 2011.Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Uganda and Kazakhstan, March-April 2012.Member, Parliamentary Delegation to UK, Spain, Germany and USA, April-May 2012.Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Canada, May 2012. Parliamentary party positions Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Development from 26.10.2004 to 24.6.2005.Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Science and Water from 24.6.2005 to 10.12.2006.Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition Assisting with Social and Community Affairs from 10.12.2006 to 3.12.2007. Party positions Member of the Australian Labor Party National Executive.Member of the Australian Labor Party Women's Network National Executive from 2000.President of the Australian Labor Party State Branch (NSW) from October 2002 to June 2006. Personal Born 7.7.1954, Wicklow, IrelandMarried Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament BEd (South Australian College of Advanced Education).DipT (Goulburn College of Advanced Education).DPA (University of Canberra).Teacher from 1974 to 1992.Small business operator from 1992 to 1996.Senior Project Officer at the Department of Premier and Cabinet (NSW) from 1997 to 2001.