Speeches First speech Browse all speeches (Hansard) Biography Parliamentary service Elected to the Senate for South Australia 2010. Defeated at general elections 2016. Parliamentary positions Temporary Chair of Committees from 10.5.2012 to 9.5.2016. Committee service Joint Standing: Migration served from 2.12.2013 to 9.5.2016; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade served from 1.7.2014 to 9.5.2016Joint Statutory: Human Rights served from 16.3.2012 to 20.8.2012; Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity served from 2.12.2013 to 9.5.2016; Law Enforcement served from 2.12.2013 to 9.5.2016Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: References served from 1.7.2011 to 7.7.2011; Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: References served from 1.7.2011 to 11.11.2013; Finance and Public Administration: Legislation served from 7.7.2011 to 9.2.2012; Finance and Public Administration: References served from 7.7.2011 to 9.2.2012; Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: Legislation served as Substitute member from 25.8.2011 to 22.3.2012; Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: Legislation served from 13.11.2013 to 9.5.2016; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: Legislation served from 13.11.2013 to 1.7.2014; Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: References served as Substitute member from 14.3.2014 to 14.3.2014; Economics: Legislation served from 1.7.2014 to 1.7.2014; Economics: References served from 1.7.2014 to 9.5.2016; Economics: Legislation served as Chair from 2.7.2014 to 9.5.2016; Environment and Communications: References served as Substitute member from 29.2.2016 to 9.5.2016Senate Select: Australia's Food Processing Sector served from 4.7.2011 to 16.8.2012; Electricity Prices served from 10.9.2012 to 1.11.2012; Abbott Government's Commission of Audit served from 11.2.2014 to 19.6.2014; Health served from 26.6.2014 to 5.5.2016; Murray-Darling Basin Plan served from 12.10.2015 to 17.3.2016; Scrutiny of Government Budget Measures served from 12.10.2015 to 9.5.2016Senate Standing: Scrutiny of Bills served from 1.7.2011 to 11.11.2013; Regulations and Ordinances served as Chair from 13.11.2013 to 30.6.2014; Regulations and Ordinances served from 1.7.2014 to 1.7.2014 Party positions President of the Young Liberals Blackwood and Districts Branch from 1985 to 1988.Vice-President of the Liberal Party Clare Branch from 2002 to 2004.President of the Liberal Party Clare Branch from 2004 to 2008.President of the Wakefield Federal Electorate Council from 2006 to 2008.Member of the Liberal Party Federal Executive from 2007 to 2010.Member of the Liberal Party Federal Finance Committee from 2007 to 2010.President of the Liberal Party State Branch (SA) from 2007 to 2010.Life Member of the Liberal Party State Council (SA) from 2010. Personal Born: 2.1.1962, Clare, AustraliaGender: MaleMarital Status: Single Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament CertRealEstate (Gawler College of Further Education).Real Estate Agency.Auctioneer, Land and Estate Agent from 1980 to 1996.Vigneron and winemaker from 1996.