Speeches Browse all speeches (Hansard) Biography Parliamentary service Elected to the House of Representatives for Gwydir, New South Wales at by-election 1989, vice the Hon. R Hunt (resigned). Re-elected 1990, 1993, 1996, 1998, 2001 and 2004. Retired prior to general elections 2007. Ministerial appointments Minister for Primary Industries and Energy from 11.3.1996 to 21.10.1998.Cabinet Minister from 11.3.1996 to 6.7.2005.Minister for Transport and Regional Development from 25.9.1997 to 9.10.1997.Minister for Transport and Regional Services from 21.10.1998 to 6.7.2005.Deputy Prime Minister from 20.7.1999 to 6.7.2005. Committee service Joint Standing: National Capital (formerly Australian Capital Territory) from 1.6.1989 to 19.2.1990; Parliamentary Library from 28.2.2006 to 17.10.2007. House of Representatives Standing: Transport, Communications and Infrastructure from 16.5.1989 to 8.2.1993; Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 16.8.1989 to 19.2.1990; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs (Aboriginal Affairs before 4.5.1992) from 16.5.1990 to 8.2.1993; Employment, Education and Training from 16.5.1990 to 6.5.1992. Conferences, delegations and visits Official visits to Taiwan, September 1996.Official visits to Italy, France and Belgium, November 1996.Official visits to USA, July 1997.Official visits to Japan, July-August 1997.Official visits to France, Italy, UK and Korea, March 1998.Parliamentary Delegate to the Australian Constitutional Convention, Canberra, February 1998.Official visits to Indonesia, February 1999.Official visits to South Pacific Forum, Palau, October 1999.Official visits to UK, July 2000.Official visits to China, April 2001.Official visits to New Zealand, July-August 2001.Official visits to UK, France, Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands and Turkey, April 2002.Official visits to Samoa, June 2002.Official visits to New Zealand, August 2002.Official visits to Indonesia, October 2002.Official visits to Singapore, September 2003.Official visits to UK, Belgium and Denmark, February 2005. Parliamentary party positions Deputy Leader of the Federal Parliamentary National Party from 23.3.1993 to 1.7.1999.Leader of the Federal Parliamentary National Party from 1.7.1999 to 11.10.2003.Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Nationals from 11.10.2003 to 23.6.2005.Shadow Minister for Primary Industry from 7.4.1993 to 11.3.1996. Party positions Chair of the National Party Tambar Springs Branch from 1984 to 1989.Chair of the Gwydir Federal Electorate Council from 1986 to 1989.Member of the National Party of Australia Central Council (NSW) from 1986.Member of the National Party of Australia Central Executive (NSW) from 1987. Personal Born 14.11.1956, Sydney, AustraliaMarried Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament MA (University of Sydney).Farmer and grazier. Electorate Name: GwydirLocation: central northern New South Wales; it includes the towns of Aberdeen, Baradine, Boggabri, Bourke, Brewarrina, Coolah, Coonabarabran, Coonamble, Gilgandra, Gulgong, Gunnedah, Kandos, Mendooran, Moree, Mudgee, Narrabri, Quirindi, Rylstone, Scone, Walgett, Warialda, Wee Waa and Wellington.Area: 185,604 Sq kmElectors enrolled: 82,626 (at 9.10.2004)Industries: wool, beef, pork, wheat, cotton, oil seed crops, lucerne, fruit, vegetables, dairy cattle, horse, sheep and cattle studs, timber, coal and opal mining and wine growing. Includes: Gwydir includes parts of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly electorates of Barwon, Bathurst, Dubbo, Murray-Darling, Orange, Tamworth and Upper Hunter.