Speeches First speech Browse all speeches (Hansard) Biography Parliamentary service Chosen by the Parliament of New South Wales on 21.8.2013 under section 15 of the Constitution to represent that State in the Senate, vice the Hon. MJ Thistlethwaite (resigned) (term ended 9.5.2016). Elected 2016. Resigned 25.1.18. Parliamentary positions Temporary Chair of Committees from 7.7.14 to 9.5.16. Committee service Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Economics: References from 12.11.13 to 9.5.16 and from 1.9.16 (Chair from 1.7.14 to 9.5.16) and Legislation from 1.7.14 to 9.5.16 (Deputy Chair from 1.7.14 to 9.5.16); Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: References from 12.11.13 to 9.5.16 and from 1.9.16 to 8.11.16; Environment and Communications Legislation from 30.11.15 to 9.5.16; Environment and Communications References from 1.9.16.Senate Standing: Regulations and Ordinances from 12.11.13 to 12.11.15; Procedure from 1.9.16 to 12.9.16; Selection of Bills from 1.9.16 to 12.9.16 and from 8.2.17; Community Affairs Legislation 10.10.16 to 15.2.17; Publications from 16.2.17.Senate Select: Abbott Government's Commission of Audit from 12.12.13 to 19.6.14; Abbott Government's Budget Cuts from 26.6.14 to 25.2.16 (renamed Scrutiny of Government Budget Measures on 11.8.15); School Funding Investment from 4.2.16 to 9.5.16 (Chair from 4.2.16 to 9.5.16); Red Tape from 10.11.16 to 30.3.17; Future of Public Interest Journalism from 11.5.17 to 6.12.17.Joint Statutory: Corporations and Financial Services from 4.12.13 to 1.7.14.Joint Standing: Migration from 4.12.13 to 9.5.16 and from 12.9.16; Treaties from 8.11.16. Parliamentary party positions Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition from 13.10.15 to 23.07.16.Deputy Manager of Opposition Business in the Senate from 13.10.15 to 9.5.16.Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for School Education and Youth from 13.10.15 to 23.07.16.Shadow Minister for Consumer Affairs from 23.07.16 to 7.9.16.Manager of Opposition Business in the Senate from 23.07.16 to 7.9.16.Deputy Opposition Whip in the Senate from 3.2.17 to 29.11.17. Party positions Member, ALP from 2000.Delegate, ALP Annual Conference (NSW) from 2003.President, Young Labor (NSW) 2005.Member of ALP Administrative Committee (NSW) 2005 and 2010-13.Secretary, Drummoyne SEC 2006.Delegate, ALP National Conference 2007, 2009 and 2011.Secretary, Lowe FEC 2008.State Organiser, ALP (NSW) 2008-09.General Secretary, ALP (NSW) 2010-13.Member, ALP National Executive 2010-13. Personal Born 28.7.1983, Sari, Iran.Married. Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament BA (Macq.)General Secretary, ALP (NSW) 2010-13.