Speeches First speech Browse all speeches (Hansard) Biography Parliamentary service Elected to the House of Representatives for Parramatta, New South Wales at by-election 1973, vice the Hon. N Bowen (resigned). Re-elected 1974, 1975. Elected to the House of Representatives for Dundas, New South Wales, 1977, following electoral redistribution. Re-elected 1980, 1983, 1984, 1987, 1990. Elected to the House of Representatives for Berowra, New South Wales, 1993, following electoral redistribution. Re-elected 1996, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2010 and 2013. Retired prior to general elections 2016. Parliamentary appointments Member of the Australian National University Council from 24.3.1976 to 11.3.1996.Member of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies Council from 28.2.1978 to 21.4.1983.Member of the Australian Council for Union Training from 26.2.1981 to 4.2.1983. Parliamentary positions Deputy Chair of Committees from 19.9.1985 to 12.5.1989. Ministerial appointments Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs from 11.3.1996 to 26.11.2001.Minister for Administrative Services from 25.9.1997 to 9.10.1997.Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Reconciliation from 21.10.1998 to 30.1.2001.Cabinet Minister from 21.10.1998 to 3.12.2007.Minister for Reconciliation and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs from 30.1.2001 to 26.11.2001.Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Reconciliation from 26.11.2001 to 7.10.2003.Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs from 26.11.2001 to 7.10.2003.Attorney-General from 7.10.2003 to 3.12.2007. Committee service Joint Statutory: Public Accounts and Audit from 29.11.1985 to 1.6.1989; Intelligence and Security from 12.8.2008 to 9.5.2016; Human Rights from 3.3.2015 to 9.5.2016; Corporations and Financial Services from 15.6.2015 to 9.5.2016. Joint Standing: Australian Capital Territory from 12.5.1983 to 26.10.1984; New Parliament House (formerly New and Permanent Parliament House before 3.12.1980) from 12.5.1983 to 26.10.1984; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 20.10.1987 to 19.2.1990; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 20.10.1987 to 19.2.1990; Migration from 26.5.1993 to 29.1.1996; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 11.3.2008 to 9.5.2016. Joint Select: Aboriginal Land Rights in the Northern Territory from 10.12.1976 to 17.8.1977; Family Law Act from 12.10.1978 to 28.8.1980 (Chair from 18.10.1978 to 28.8.1980); Telecommunications Interception from 24.6.1986 to 20.11.1986; Migration Regulations from 15.6.1989 to 8.2.1993. House of Representatives Standing: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs (Aboriginal Affairs before 4.5.1992) from 12.3.1974 to 4.2.1983 (Chair from 6.4.1976 to 4.2.1983); Road Safety from 18.7.1974 to 10.11.1977; Members' Interests from 23.9.1987 to 8.2.1993; Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 8.10.1987 to 15.6.1989; Community Affairs from 12.5.1993 to 29.1.1996; Selection from 22.3.2011 to 9.5.2016; Privileges and Members' Interests from 23.5.2012 to 9.5.2016; Appropriations and Administration from 4.12.2013 to 13.5.2015; House from 4.12.2013 to 14.9.2015. Parliamentary party positions Government Chief Whip in the House of Representatives from 18.9.2013 to 23.2.2015.Shadow Minister for the Australian Capital Territory from 16.3.1983 to 14.12.1984.Shadow Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs from 14.12.1984 to 9.9.1985.Shadow Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs from 12.5.1989 to 7.4.1993.Shadow Minister Assisting the Leader of the Opposition on Ethnic Affairs from 11.4.1990 to 7.4.1993.Shadow Minister for Social Security from 7.4.1993 to 11.3.1996.Shadow Minister for Senior Citizens from 31.1.1995 to 11.3.1996.Secretary to the Shadow Cabinet from 8.12.2009 to 18.9.2013. Party positions President of the Young Liberals (NSW) from 1971 to 1972.Member of the Liberal Party State Executive (NSW) from 1971 to 1974.Chair of the National Young Liberal Movement from 1973 to 1974.Member of the Liberal Party Federal Executive (NSW) from 1973 to 1974.Member of the Liberal Party Federal Executive from 1982 to 1986.Member of the Liberal Party State Executive (NSW) from 1982 to 1985.Member of the Liberal Party State Executive (NSW) from 1994 to 1995. Other positions President of the Amnesty International Parliamentary Group from 1974 to 1978.Secretary of the Amnesty International Parliamentary Group from 1990 to 1996.Special Envoy on Citizenship and Community Engagement from 28.5.2015. Personal Born 12.3.1943, AustraliaMarried Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament BA (University of Sydney).LLB (University of Sydney).Solicitor. Electorate Name: BerowraLocation: north-western Sydney; it includes the suburbs of Arcadia, Berowra, Brooklyn, Cheltenham, Cherrybrook, Cowan, Dangar Island, Galston, Glenorie, Maroota, Middle Dural, Mount Kuring-gai, Normanhurst, Pennant Hills, Sackville North, Thornleigh, Westleigh and parts of Asquith, Beecroft, Carlingford, Castle Hill, Cattai, Dural, Hornsby, Lower Portland, Maraylya, Mount Colah, West Pennant Hills and Wisemans Ferry.Area: 782 Sq kmElectors enrolled: 96,947 (at 7.9.2013)Industries: fishing and oyster farming, retail, service and various small industries including hobby farming, citrus fruit orchards, poultry farming, horticulture and tourism. Includes: Berowra includes parts of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly electorates of Castle Hill, Epping, Hawkesbury and Hornsby.