Speeches Browse all speeches (Hansard) Biography Parliamentary service State: Elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly for Blue Mountains, 1981. Resigned 22.2.1988.Federal: Elected to the House of Representatives for Macquarie, New South Wales, 2007. Retired prior to general elections 2010. Ministerial appointments Minister for Home Affairs from 3.12.2007 to 9.6.2009. Committee service House of Representatives Standing: Legal and Constitutional Affairs served from 15.6.2009 to 19.7.2010; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs served from 15.6.2009 to 24.6.2009; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs served as Chair from 25.6.2009 to 19.7.2010Joint Statutory: Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity served from 19.8.2009 to 19.7.2010 Conferences, delegations and visits Official visits to Indonesia, February 2008.Official visits to Papua New Guinea, April 2008.Official visits to Samoa, June 2008.Official visits to East Timor, July 2008.Official visits to New Zealand, July 2008.Official visits to Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, August 2008.Official visits to Solomon Islands, April 2009.Official visits to Indonesia, April 2009.Official visits to Singapore and Indonesia, June 2009.Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Bhutan and Mongolia, July 2010. Personal Born 16.9.1943, Sydney, Australia Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament BA (University of Sydney).LLB (University of Sydney).Solicitor at Hickson, Lakeman and Holcombe from 1968 to 1969.Editor at Angus and Robertson Publishing from 1969 to 1973.Radio producer and presenter at the Australian Broadcasting Commission from 1973 to 1980.National Director of the Australian Freedom From Hunger Campaign and Community Aid Abroad from 1988 to 1994. State/Territory Government service Elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly for Blue Mountains, 1981. Resigned 22.2.1988.Minister for Employment from 5.4.1984 to 4.7.1986.Minister for Finance from 5.4.1984 to 22.2.1988.Minister for Cooperative Societies from 4.7.1986 to 22.2.1988.Assistant Minister for Education from 4.7.1986 to 22.2.1988.Elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly for Blue Mountains, 1995. Resigned 2.3.2007.Minister for Emergency Services from 4.4.1995 to 1.12.1997.Minister for Corrective Services from 4.4.1995 to 12.1.2001.Minister Assisting the Minister for the Arts from 13.3.1996 to 8.4.1999.Minister for Energy from 1.12.1997 to 8.4.1999.Minister for Tourism from 1.12.1997 to 8.4.1999.Minister for Emergency Services from 30.4.1998 to 2.4.2003.Minister Assisting the Premier on the Arts from 8.4.1999 to 2.4.2003.Minister for the Environment from 8.4.1999 to 2.4.2007.Attorney-General from 28.6.2000 to 2.4.2007. Electorate Name: MacquarieLocation: Blue Mountains and central west of New South Wales; it includes the centres of Bathurst, Blackheath, Katoomba, Lithgow, Mount Victoria, Oberon, Portland, Springwood and Wentworth Falls.Area: 12,084 Sq kmElectors enrolled: 94,670 (at 24.11.2007)Industries: Tourism, coal and gold mining, power generation, cement works, fruit growing, timber, vineyards, wool processing, transport, whitegoods manufacturing, agriculture and pastoral. Includes: Macquarie includes the New South Wales Legislative Assembly electorate of Blue Mountains, and parts of Bathurst, Hawkesbury, Penrith and Wollondilly. Honours Appointed a Member of the Order of Australia, 13.6.2011.