Speeches Browse all speeches (Hansard) Biography Parliamentary service Elected to the House of Representatives for Braddon, Tasmania, 1998. Re-elected 2001. Defeated at general elections 2004. Elected to the House of Representatives for Braddon, Tasmania, 2007. Re-elected 2010. Defeated at general elections 2013. Parliamentary positions Member of the Speaker's Panel from 14.2.2008 to 7.2.2012. Ministerial appointments Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry from 14.12.2011 to 18.9.2013. Committee service House of Representatives Standing: Primary Industries and Regional Services from 8.12.1998 to 8.10.2001; Publications from 8.12.1998 to 31.8.2004; Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry from 20.3.2002 to 31.8.2004; Education and Training (Education and Vocational Training from 1.12.2004 to 17.10.2007) from 20.3.2002 to 31.8.2004; Education and Training (Education and Vocational Training from 1.12.2004 to 17.10.2007) from 19.2.2008 to 19.7.2010; Primary Industries and Resources from 19.2.2008 to 19.7.2010; Publications from 19.2.2008 to 19.7.2010; Procedure from 25.10.2010 to 7.2.2012; Regional Australia from 25.10.2010 to 7.2.2012. Conferences, delegations and visits Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Nigeria and South Africa, October-November 2002.Member, Parliamentary Delegation to China and Hong Kong, November 2009.Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Vietnam, Thailand and Singapore, November 2011. Parliamentary party positions Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to the Shadow Minister for Primary Industries and Resources from 25.11.2001 to 2.7.2003.Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Arts from 18.2.2003 to 8.12.2003.Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Primary Industries from 2.7.2003 to 8.12.2003.Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture and Resources from 8.12.2003 to 22.10.2004. Party positions Member of the Australian Labor Party from 1991.Delegate to the Australian Labor Party State Conference (Tas.) from 1992.President of the Australian Labor Party Don River Branch from 1992.Chair of the Australian Labor Party Braddon Federal Electorate Council from 1997. Personal Born 23.4.1951, Hobart, AustraliaMarried Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament BA(Hons) (University of Tasmania).Senior secondary college teacher from 1975 to 1997.Electorate officer to Senator the Hon. N Sherry, 1998.Regional adviser to Senator the Hon. N Sherry from 2004 to 2007. Local Government service Councillor, Central Coast Council from 1996 to 1998. Electorate Name: BraddonLocation: north-west and west Tasmania; it includes the cities of Burnie and Devonport, and the towns of Currie, Latrobe, Penguin, Queenstown, Rosebery, Smithton, Somerset, Stanley, Strahan, Ulverstone, Waratah, Wynyard and Zeehan. It also includes King Island.Area: 20,826 Sq kmElectors enrolled: 71,718 (at 7.9.2013)Industries: forestry, fishing, kelp harvesting, dairying, cheese, beef cattle production, vegetable growing and processing, poppies, pyrethrum, sawmills, paper mills, weaving mills, lead, zinc, iron ore, manufacturing, wind industry, telecommunications, ports, airports and tourism. Includes: Braddon is co-extensive with the Tasmanian House of Assembly electorate of the same name.