Speeches First speech Browse all speeches (Hansard) Biography Parliamentary service Chosen by the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly on 16.6.1998 under section 15 of the Constitution to represent that Territory in the Senate, vice the Hon. RL Collins (resigned). Elected 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007 and 2010 (Territory Senators serve for the same term as the House of Representatives). Retired prior to general elections 2013. Parliamentary positions Temporary Chair of Committees from 16.11.04 to 12.2.08 and from 4.9.08 to 6.9.13. Committee service Senate Standing: Publications from 23.6.98 to 9.8.99; Regulations and Ordinances from 23.6.98 to 9.11.98; Scrutiny of Bills from 24.11.98 to 24.6.04; Selection of Bills from 13.2.02 to 1.7.02; House from 15.9.03 to 27.9.10.Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Employment, Workplace Relations, Small Business and Education: References Committee from 24.11.98 to 11.2.02; Employment, Workplace Relations and Education: References Committee from 13.2.02 to 1.7.05; Education, Employment and Workplace Relations from 17.3.08 to 14.5.09; Legal and Constitutional: Legislation and References Committee from 1.7.05 to 11.9.06 and from 14.5.09 to 6.9.13; Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 11.9.06 to 14.5.09; Rural Affairs and Transport: Legislation Committee from 30.9.10 to 9.2.11.Senate Select: Administration of Indigenous Affairs from 23.6.04 to 8.3.05; Regional and Remote Indigenous Communities from 19.3.08 to 24.9.10.Joint Statutory: Native Title and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Account from 8.12.98 to 23.3.06; Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity from 29.3.07 to 17.10.07. Joint Standing: National Capital and External Territories from 23.6.98 to 28.3.06 and from 8.2.07 to 5.8.13; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 28.11.05 to 17.10.07.Joint Select: Gambling Reform from 30.9.10 to 21.6.12; Christmas Island Tragedy from 3.3.11 to 29.6.11; Australia's Immigration Detention Network from 1.7.11 to 30.3.12; Constitutional Recognition of Local Government from 21.11.12 to 29.11.12; Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples from 29.11.12 to 5.8.13. Conferences, delegations and visits Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the 45th CPA Conference, Trinidad and Tobago, September 1999.Member, Parliamentary Delegation to New Zealand, August 2006.Member, Parliamentary Delegation to New Zealand, August 2009. Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Singapore and Indonesia, July 2010. Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Switzerland and France, October 2010. Parliamentary party positions Deputy Opposition Whip in the Senate from 22.11.01 to 22.10.04. Party positions Secretary, ALP Buffalo Creek Branch 1988-98.Member, ALP Administrative Committee (NT Branch) 1991-93.Vice-President, ALP (NT Branch) 1993-95.Delegate, ALP National Conference 1993, 1995, 1998, 2001 and 2004.Chair, ALP Caucus Committee on Status of Women 1998-2004. Personal Born 21.3.1956, Melbourne, Vic.Married. Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament DipT (Mercy College), BEd (Deakin).Teacher 1978-89.Union Industrial Officer 1990-96.Branch Secretary, National Tertiary Education Union (NT Branch) 1996-98.