Speeches First speech Browse all speeches (Hansard) Biography Parliamentary service Elected to the Senate for Queensland 1996. Re-elected 2001 and 2007. Retired with the expiration of term 2014. Parliamentary positions Temporary Chair of Committees from 29.9.1997 to 19.8.2002.Deputy President of the Senate from 19.8.2002 to 25.8.2008.Chair of Committees from 19.8.2002 to 25.8.2008.President of the Senate from 26.8.2008 to 30.6.2014. Committee service Senate Standing: Regulations and Ordinances from 1.7.1996 to 23.9.1997; House from 19.8.2002 to 30.6.2014 (Chair from 26.8.2008 to 30.6.2014); Procedure from 19.8.2002 to 30.6.2014 (Chair from 19.8.2008 to 26.8.2008); Appropriations and Staffing from 26.8.2008 to 30.6.2014 (Chair from 26.8.2008 to 30.6.2014); Parliamentary Library from 26.8.2008 to 30.6.2014 (Chair from 26.8.2008 to 30.6.2014). Senate Select: Superannuation from 27.10.1997 to 1.3.1998; Superannuation and Financial Services from 30.9.1999 to 11.2.2002; Superannuation from 19.3.2002 to 10.12.2002. Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: References from 1.7.1996 to 11.9.2006 (Chair from 19.6.1997 to 11.2.2002); Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: Legislation from 1.7.1996 to 10.9.1996; Environment, Recreation, Communications and the Arts: References from 4.12.1996 to 9.11.1998; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: Legislation from 29.5.1997 to 19.8.2002; Economics: References from 5.2.2003 to 10.9.2003; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 11.9.2006 to 30.6.2008. Joint Statutory: Public Accounts from 12.12.1996 to 1.1.1998; Public Accounts and Audit from 1.1.1998 to 5.2.2003; Public Accounts and Audit from 10.9.2003 to 26.8.2008; Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings (formerly Broadcasting) from 26.8.2008 to 30.6.2014. Joint Standing: National Capital and External Territories from 19.8.2002 to 30.6.2014; Electoral Matters from 9.11.2005 to 6.12.2006. Conferences, delegations and visits Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the 102nd IPU Conference, Berlin, Germany and bilateral visit to Italy, October 1999.Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea, May 2003.Attended 4th General Assembly of Asian Parliaments for Peace, the Philippines, August-September 2003.Official visits to Canada and USA, August-September 2004.Official visits to Samoa, July 2005.Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Trinidad and Tobago and USA, July 2006.Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to the Cook Islands, July 2007.Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, September-October 2008.Official visits to Singapore and the Republic of Korea, December 2008.Official visits to Chile, April 2009.Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to Canada and Mexico, April-May 2009.Official visits to New Zealand, June-July 2009.Official visits to Argentina and Colombia, September 2009.Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to USA, September 2009.Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to China and Hong Kong, November 2009.Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to South Korea, February-March 2010.Official visit to UK, April 2010.Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to France, Belgium and Germany, April-May 2010.Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to Ireland and Italy, June 2010.Official visit to UK, July 2010.Attended 56th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference, Nairobi, Kenya, September 2010.Official visits to Tunisia, September 2010.Official visits to Denmark, Sweden, Greece, UK and Turkey, April 2011.Official visits to Singapore, New Zealand and Tonga, May-June 2011.Official visits to Morocco and UK, July 2011.Official visits to Peru and USA, September-October 2011.Official visits to UK, December 2011.Official visits to Belgium, France and Israel, April-May 2012.Official visits to Canada and USA, July 2012.Official visits to Pakistan, August-September 2012.Official visits to UK and Poland, November 2012.Official visits to Myanmar and Thailand, April-May 2013.Official visits to Argentina and Brazil, May-June 2013.Official visits to Cyprus and Russia, July 2013. Parliamentary party positions Caucus Secretary for the Australian Labor Party from 1.7.2002 to 25.8.2008. Party positions Member of the Australian Labor Party National Executive.Member of the Australian Labor Party from 1976.Delegate to the Australian Labor Party State Conference (Qld.) from 1981.Member of the Australian Labor Party Administrative Committee from 1982.Delegate to the Australian Labor Party National Conference from 1984.Chair of the Australian Labor Party National Policy Committee on Government Administration from 1991 to 1994. Personal Born 19.3.1949, Brisbane, AustraliaMarried Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament BSc (University of Queensland).Union official at the Shop Distributive and Allied Employees' Association from 1976.Branch Secretary and Member of the Shop Distributive and Allied Employees' Association Executive from 1981 to 1996.Branch President of the Shop Distributive and Allied Employees' Association from 1996.