Speeches Browse all speeches (Hansard) Biography Parliamentary service Elected to the Senate for Tasmania 1987. Re-elected 1990, 1996 and 2001. Resigned 29.8.2007. Parliamentary positions Temporary Chair of Committees from 14.6.1989 to 4.3.1997.Temporary Chair of Committees from 3.9.1997 to 19.8.2002.President of the Senate from 19.8.2002 to 14.8.2007. Committee service Senate Standing: Publications from 17.9.1990 to 19.8.2002; Selection of Bills from 10.5.1995 to 19.8.2002; House from 13.2.1997 to 14.8.2007 (Chair from 19.8.2002 to 14.8.2007); Appropriations and Staffing from 19.8.2002 to 14.8.2007 (Chair from 19.8.2002 to 14.8.2007); Parliamentary Library from 19.8.2002 to 7.12.2005 (Chair from 19.8.2002 to 7.12.2005); Procedure from 19.8.2002 to 14.8.2007. Senate Select: Animal Welfare from 24.9.1987 to 3.9.1991; Public Interest Whistleblowing from 27.9.1993 to 31.8.1994; Information Technologies from 1.9.1997 to 9.11.1998; Information Technologies from 31.3.1999 to 7.12.2000; A Certain Maritime Incident from 14.2.2002 to 11.3.2002. Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Finance and Public Administration from 24.9.1987 to 17.9.1990; Employment, Education and Training from 14.2.1991 to 18.5.1993; Rural and Regional Affairs from 10.9.1991 to 21.10.1993; Rural and Regional Affairs from 7.12.1993 to 10.10.1994; Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: Legislation from 10.10.1994 to 8.3.1995; Employment, Education and Training: References from 10.10.1994 to 30.11.1994; Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: References from 10.10.1994 to 9.8.1999; Environment, Recreation, Communications and the Arts: References from 17.10.1994 to 29.4.1996; Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: Legislation from 30.5.1995 to 9.8.1999; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: Legislation from 30.6.1999 to 5.4.2000; Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts: Legislation from 5.4.2000 to 1.7.2002; Finance and Public Administration: Legislation from 11.5.2000 to 8.6.2000; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: Legislation from 10.11.2000 to 15.12.2000. Senate Estimates: E from 1.9.1991 to 30.9.1991; E from 5.3.1992 to 6.5.1993; F from 6.5.1993 to 8.2.1994. Joint Statutory: Public Works from 24.8.1990 to 19.8.2002; Australian Security Intelligence Organization from 30.6.1999 to 11.2.2002; ASIO, ASIS and DSD from 14.2.2002 to 19.8.2002; Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings (formerly Broadcasting) from 19.8.2002 to 14.8.2007. Joint Standing: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 30.6.1999 to 19.8.2002. Joint Select: Intelligence Services from 28.6.2001 to 27.8.2001. Conferences, delegations and visits Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Singapore, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea, July-August 1988.Member, Parliamentary Delegation to USSR, Mongolia and Japan, September-October 1990.Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the 91st IPU Conference, Paris, March 1994.Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the 91st IPU Conference, bilateral visit to Turkey, March-April 1994.Deputy Leader, Official Delegation to 92nd IPU Conference, Denmark and bilateral visits to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, August-September 1994.Deputy Leader, Official Delegation to 93rd IPU Conference, Madrid, and bilateral visits to Egypt and Israel, March-April 1995.Deputy Leader, Official Delegation to 94th IPU Conference, Bucharest, and bilateral visit to Slovenia, October 1995.Leader, Bilateral visit to Chile, August-September 1998.Study tour, Slovenia, September 1999.Study tour, Thailand and UK, September-October 2000.Member, Parliamentary Delegation to UK, September-October 2000.Member, Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs Legislation visit to New Zealand, May 2001.Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to 47th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference, Melbourne and Canberra, September 2001.Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to 48th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference, Namibia, September 2002.Attended CPA Executive Committee Meeting, Malaysia, April 2003.Official visit to UK and Ireland, April-May 2003.Attended 34th Presiding Officers and Clerks Conference, Tonga, June-July 2003.Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to Japan and Republic of Korea, December 2003.Attended CPA Mid-Year Executive Committee Meeting, Uganda, April 2004.Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to Belgium, the Netherlands and France, April-May 2004.Official visit to China, June 2004.Attended ANZAC Day Observance, London, April 2005.Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to the Russian Federation and bilateral visit to Italy, April-May 2005.Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to 51st Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference, Fiji Islands, September 2005.Attended 18th Commonwealth Speakers' and Presiding Officers' Conference, Kenya, and official visit to the United Kingdom, January 2006.Attended Mid-Year CPA Executive Committee Meeting, Isle of Man, April 2006.Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to Trinidad and Tobago and the USA, July 2006.Official visit to Cambodia and Vietnam, March 2007.Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to Malta and Spain, and official visit to Kuwait, April 2007.Official visit to London and Belfast, July 2007. Parliamentary party positions Opposition Deputy Whip in the Senate from 9.5.1995 to 11.3.1996.Government Deputy Whip in the Senate from 11.3.1996 to 11.2.1997.Government Whip in the Senate from 11.2.1997 to 19.8.2002. Personal Born 19.1.1940, Hobart, AustraliaMarried Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament CertAg ().Orchardist.Wool grower.President of the Royal Agricultural Society (Tas.) from 1987 to 1990. Local government service Councillor, Municipality of Clarence, Tasmania from 1976 to 1988.Deputy Warden, Municipality of Clarence, Tasmania from 1981 to 1983.Warden, Municipality of Clarence, Tasmania from 1983 to 1987.