Speeches First speech Browse all speeches (Hansard) Biography Parliamentary service Elected to the Senate for New South Wales 2007. Re-elected 2013 and 2016. Retired at the expiration of term 2019. Parliamentary positions Temporary Chair of Committees from 7.7.2011 to 11.11.2013. Ministerial appointments Parliamentary Secretary for Housing and Homelessness from 1.7.2013 to 18.9.2013. Committee service Senate Standing: Scrutiny of Bills from 1.7.2008 to 30.9.2010; Privileges from 30.9.2010 to 1.7.2011. Senate Select: Climate Policy from 18.3.2009 to 15.6.2009; Scrutiny of New Taxes from 30.9.2010 to 1.11.2011; Health from 26.6.2014 to 14.5.2015. Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Finance and Public Administration from 1.7.2008 to 14.5.2009; Economics from 1.7.2008 to 14.5.2009; Economics: Legislation from 14.5.2009; Finance and Public Administration: References from 14.5.2009 to 27.9.2010; Finance and Public Administration: Legislation from 14.5.2009 to 27.9.2010; Environment and Communications: Legislation from 30.9.2010 to 11.11.2013 (Chair from 30.9.2010 to 11.11.2013); Environment and Communications: References from 30.9.2010 to 11.11.2013; Economics: References from 1.7.2011; Economics: References from 1.12.2015 to 3.12.2015; Education and Employment: Legislation from 30.8.2016 to 1.9.2016; Education and Employment: References from 30.8.2016 to 1.9.2016. Joint Statutory: Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity from 1.7.2008 to 5.8.2013. Joint Standing: Parliamentary Library from 1.7.2008 to 30.6.2011; National Broadband Network from 23.3.2011 to 5.8.2013. Joint Select: Parliamentary Budget Office from 22.11.2010 to 23.3.2011; Broadcasting Legislation from 14.3.2013 to 24.6.2013 (Chair from 14.3.2013 to 24.6.2013). Parliamentary party positions Shadow Minister for Human Services from 18.10.2013 to 23.7.2016.Shadow Minister for Skills and Apprenticeships from 23.7.2016 to 24.10.2017.Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness from 23.7.2016 to 2.6.2019.Shadow Minister for Skills, TAFE and Apprenticeships from 24.10.2017 to 2.6.2019. Party positions Member of the Australian Labor Party Administrative Committee (NSW).Delegate to the Australian Labor Party State Conference (NSW).Delegate to the Australian Labor Party National Conference. Other positions Member of the Australian Best Practice Committee. Personal Born 27.1.1951, Bellshill, ScotlandMarried Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament City and Guilds qualified fitter and machinist.Maintenance fitter.Organiser for the Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union.Trustee for the Superannuation Trust of Australia.Assistant Secretary of the Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union (NSW).Assistant Secretary of the Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union.Secretary of the Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union.Vice-President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions from 1999 to 2007.Director of Australian Super Pty. Ltd. from 2006 to 2007.