Speeches First speech Browse all speeches (Hansard) Biography Parliamentary service Elected to the Senate for Victoria 2010 (term began 1.7.2011). Defeated at general elections 2016.Democratic Labour Party to 4.9.2014; Independent from 4.9.2014. Committee service Senate Standing: Appropriations and Staffing from 4.12.13 to 9.5.16.Senate Select: Australia's Food Processing Sector from 7.7.11 to 16.8.12; Scrutiny of New Taxes from 7.7.11 to 1.11.11; Wind Turbines from 27.11.14 to 3.8.15 (Chair from 4.12.14 to 3.8.15); Murray-Darling Basin Plan from 10.8.15 to 9.5.16; Establishment of a National Integrity Commission from 25.2.16 to 9.5.16.Joint Statutory: Corporations and Financial Services from 5.12.13 to 9.5.16.Joint Standing: Parliamentary Library from 18.8.11 to 5.8.13. Party positions Vice-President, Democratic Labour Party (Vic.) 2008-09.President, Democratic Labour Party (Vic.) from 2009.Vice-President, Federal Democratic Labour Party from 2009. Personal Born 21.7.1966, Melbourne, Vic.Married. Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament Apprenticeship in Structural Steel Fabrication (Newport TAFE; Victorian Railways Newport Workshops).Blacksmith and boilermaker 1983-2011.