Speeches First speech Browse all speeches (Hansard) Biography Parliamentary service Appointed by the Governor of Victoria on 30.4.1996 under section 15 of the Constitution to represent that State in the Senate, vice the Hon. G Evans, QC (resigned). Elected to the Senate for Victoria 1998. Re-elected 2004 and 2010 and 2016. Resigned 30.9.2016. Ministerial appointments Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy from 3.12.2007 to 1.7.2013.Cabinet Minister from 3.12.2007 to 1.7.2013.Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Digital Productivity from 14.9.2010 to 1.7.2013. Committee service Senate Standing: Selection of Bills from 2.5.1996 to 9.11.1998; Appropriations and Staffing from 4.2.2013 to 26.6.2013; Procedure from 4.2.2013 to 26.6.2013. Senate Select: Superannuation from 29.5.1996 to 9.11.1998; New Tax System from 26.11.1998 to 30.4.1999; Superannuation and Financial Services from 30.9.1999 to 11.2.2002; Free Trade Agreement - Australia and the United States of America from 12.2.2004 to 5.8.2004; National Broadband Network from 14.11.2013 to 9.5.2016. Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: Legislation from 2.5.1996 to 4.9.1997; Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: References from 2.5.1996 to 4.9.1997; Economics: References from 24.11.1998 to 5.2.2003; Finance and Public Administration: References from 24.11.1998 to 9.8.1999; Finance and Public Administration: Legislation from 24.11.1998 to 11.2.2002; Environment, Communications and the Arts: Legislation from 18.11.2004 to 1.7.2005; Environment, Communications and the Arts: References from 18.11.2004 to 9.2.2006. Joint Statutory: Law Enforcement (formerly National Crime Authority from 15.6.1984 to 1.1.2003 and Australian Crime Commission from 1.1.2003 to 24.11.2010) from 31.5.1996 to 31.8.1998; Corporations and Securities from 4.9.1997 to 11.2.2002; Corporations and Financial Services from 14.2.2002 to 31.8.2004; Public Accounts and Audit from 5.2.2003 to 10.9.2003; Intelligence and Security from 16.7.2014 to 9.5.2016. Joint Standing: Electoral Matters from 31.5.1996 to 27.11.1997; Electoral Matters from 24.2.2016 to 9.5.2016; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 12.9.2016 to 30.9.2016. Parliamentary party positions Opposition Deputy Whip in the Senate from 20.3.1996 to 20.10.1998.Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate from 3.12.2007 to 4.2.2013.Leader of the Government in the Senate from 4.2.2013 to 26.6.2013.Shadow Minister for Financial Services and Regulation from 20.10.1998 to 25.11.2001.Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate from 22.11.2001 to 3.12.2007.Shadow Minister for Finance, Small Business and Financial Services from 25.11.2001 to 2.7.2003.Shadow Minister for Trade, Corporate Governance, Financial Services and Small Business from 2.7.2003 to 8.12.2003.Shadow Minister for Trade, Corporate Governance and Financial Services from 8.12.2003 to 26.10.2004.Shadow Minister for Communications and Information Technology from 26.10.2004 to 3.12.2007.Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate from 14.10.2013 to 11.10.2016.Shadow Minister for Defence from 18.10.2013 to 23.7.2016.Shadow Special Minister of State from 23.7.2016 to 30.9.2016.Shadow Minister for Sport from 23.7.2016 to 30.9.2016. Party positions Delegate to the Australian Labor Party State Conference (Vic.).Delegate to the Australian Labor Party National Conference.Member of the Australian Labor Party National Executive from 1998. Personal Born 18.1.1963, Ely, EnglandMarried Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament BEc (Australian National University).Superannuation Officer for the Transport Workers' Union.Research Assistant. Local Government service Councillor, Footscray Council.