Speeches Browse all speeches (Hansard) Biography Parliamentary service Elected to the House of Representatives for Gilmore, New South Wales, 1996. Re-elected 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007 and 2010. Retired prior to general elections 2013. Parliamentary positions Member of the Speaker's Panel from 23.11.1998 to 8.10.2001. Committee service House of Representatives Select: Recent Australian Bushfires served from 27.3.2003 to 5.11.2003House of Representatives Standing: Employment, Education and Training served from 30.5.1996 to 31.8.1998; Primary Industries, Resources and Rural and Regional Affairs served from 14.12.1996 to 31.8.1998; Selection served from 24.11.1998 to 17.10.2007; Employment, Education and Workplace Relations served from 8.12.1998 to 31.5.2000; Procedure served from 8.12.1998 to 8.10.2001; Family and Community Affairs served from 31.5.2000 to 8.10.2001; Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry served from 20.3.2002 to 2.12.2003; Privileges served from 1.12.2004 to 17.10.2007; Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government served from 11.3.2008 to 19.7.2010; Privileges and Members' Interests served from 11.3.2008 to 19.7.2010; Health and Ageing served from 4.6.2009 to 19.7.2010Joint Select: Australia's Clean Energy Future Legislation served from 13.9.2011 to 7.10.2011Joint Standing: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade served from 20.3.2002 to 17.10.2007; Migration served from 20.3.2002 to 31.8.2004; Migration served from 10.2.2010 to 19.7.2010; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade served as Deputy Chair from 25.10.2010 to 5.8.2013Joint Statutory: Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings served from 8.12.1998 to 31.8.2004; Australian Crime Commission served from 1.12.2004 to 17.10.2007 Conferences, delegations and visits Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Iran and Jordan, October-November 2002.Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Syria, Lebanon and Israel, November 2003.Observer in Jordan for the elections in Iraq, January 2005.Member, Parliamentary Delegation to USA, June-July 2005.Member, Parliamentary Delegation to USA, September-December 2008.Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Timor-Leste and Indonesia, November 2011. Parliamentary party positions Government Whip in the House of Representatives from 23.11.2001 to 17.10.2007.Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism from 6.12.2007 to 22.9.2008.Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism from 8.12.2009 to 14.9.2010. Party positions Delegate to the Liberal Party State Electorate Council.Member of the Liberal Party Women's Forum.Delegate to the Liberal Party Federal Electorate Council. Other positions Member of the Amnesty International Parliamentary Group. Personal Born 21.7.1944, Groningen, NetherlandsDivorced Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament DipTourism&Hospitality (Institute of Administration, Sydney).Manager for the Outer Sydney Region at the Tourism Commission (NSW).Director, Southern Highlands Tourism Agency.Consultant for the Macarthur Country Tourist Association.Guest house co-proprietor. Local Government service Councillor, Wingecarribee Shire Council.Mayor, City of Shoalhaven from 2013. Electorate Name: GilmoreLocation: south-eastern New South Wales; it includes the centres of Berry, Bomaderry, Gerringong, Kangaroo Valley, Kiama, Milton, Minnamurra, Nowra, Shellharbour, Shell Cove, Sussex Inlet, Ulladulla and Warilla.Area: 4,878 Sq kmElectors enrolled: 96,317 (at 21.8.2010)Industries: tourism, timber, dairy and beef cattle, paper mill, brickworks, light engineering, dairy products, steel fabrication and fishing. Includes: Gilmore includes the New South Wales Legislative Assembly electorate of South Coast, and parts of Kiama and Shellharbour. Honours Appointed a Member of the Order of Australia, 26.1.2017. Publications Case histories of tourism and hospitality (contribution, ed. J Blackwell and L Shear), Australian-International Services, Sydney: 1989.