Speeches First speech Browse all speeches (Hansard) Biography Parliamentary service Elected to the House of Representatives for Fisher, Queensland, 1984. Defeated at general elections 1987. Elected to the House of Representatives for Fisher, Queensland, 1993. Re-elected 1996 and 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007 and 2010. Defeated at general elections 2013. Parliamentary positions Member, Speaker's Panel from 18.2.08 to 28.9.10Deputy Speaker from 28.9.10 to 24.11.11Speaker of the House of Representatives from 24.11.11 to 9.10.12 Ministerial appointments Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance and Administration from 21.10.1998 to 26.10.2004. Committee service Joint Statutory: Native Title and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Account from 1.12.2004 to 23.3.2006; Public Works from 11.3.2008 to 19.7.2010; Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings from 24.11.2011 to 9.10.2012. Joint Standing: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 18.6.1996 to 31.8.1998; National Capital and External Territories from 25.10.2010 to 5.8.2013; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 1.11.2012 to 5.8.2013. House of Representatives Standing: Expenditure from 28.2.1985 to 5.6.1987; Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 12.5.1993 to 29.1.1996; Publications from 26.5.1993 to 29.1.1996; Family and Community Affairs from 29.5.1996 to 27.11.1997 (Chair from 30.5.1996 to 3.9.1997); Selection from 27.8.1997 to 31.8.1998; Privileges from 22.10.1997 to 31.8.1998; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs from 1.12.2004 to 17.10.2007; Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 1.12.2004 to 19.7.2010 (Chair from 2.12.2004 to 17.10.2007); House from 24.11.2011 to 9.10.2012 (Chair from 24.11.2011 to 9.10.2012). Conferences, delegations and visits Member, Official Delegation to 15th AIPO General Assembly and bilateral visits, Singapore, Philippines and Indonesia, September-October 1994Member, 98th IPU Conference, Cairo, and bilateral visit to Kuwait, September 1997Member, 13th CPA Australian and Pacific Regional Seminar, Kiribati, July 1998Member, Parliamentary Delegation to China and bilateral visit to Mongolia, April 2005Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Indonesia, June 2005Member, Parliamentary Delegation to 26th AIPO General Assembly, Laos, and bilateral visit to Pakistan, September 2005Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Malaysia and Japan, April 2006Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Fiji, April-May 2006Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the Philippines and Indonesia, September 2006Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Saudi Arabia and China, June-July 2007Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Egypt and Israel, October-November 2008Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Solomon Islands and Samoa, July-August 2011Official visits to South Africa, Uganda, UK, Russian Federation, Kazakhstan, Hungary and USA, March-April 2012 Parliamentary party positions Government Whip in the House of Representatives from 11.7.1997 to 18.10.1998. Party positions Member, National Party of Australia (Qld) 1984-87Member, Liberal Party 1989-2008Delegate, Liberal Party and Liberal National Party State Conventions (Qld) 1990-2011Alternate Representative, Liberal Party State Executive (Qld) 1990-92Vice-Chairman, Liberal Party Sunshine Coast Zone 1990-92Membership Development Officer, Liberal Party Sunshine Coast Zone 1990-92Branch Vice-Chairman, Liberal Party 1991-92Member, Liberal National Party of Queensland 2008-11 Personal Born 14.2.1950, Ipswich, AustraliaMarried Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament B.A (Qld)LL.B (Qld)Barrister and solicitor in various jurisdictionsBusinessman and farmerChairman, West Moreton Regional Community Corrections Board (Parole Board) Electorate Description: RuralLocation: central and southern Sunshine Coast north of Brisbane; it includes the centres of Beerburrum, Beerwah, Caloundra, Kawana, Landsborough, Maleny, Minyama, Montville and Sippy Downs. It also includes Glass House Mountains.Area: 1170 Sq kmElectors enrolled: 83754 (at 21.8.2010)Industries: tourism, service industries, education, pineapple, orchard and flower crops, dairy and beef cattle farming, and horse racing. Electorate: Fisher includes the Queensland Legislative Assembly electorates of Caloundra and Kawana, and parts of Glass House and Maroochydore.