Speeches Browse all speeches (Hansard) Biography Parliamentary service Chosen by the Parliament of Tasmania on 13.3.1986 under section 15 of the Constitution to represent that State in the Senate, vice P Rae (resigned). Re-elected 1987, 1990 and 1996. Resigned 1.2.2002. Ministerial appointments Minister for Social Security from 11.3.1996 to 21.10.1998.Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women from 11.3.1996 to 9.10.1997.Cabinet Minister from 11.3.1996 to 30.1.2001.Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women from 21.10.1998 to 30.1.2001.Minister for Family and Community Services from 21.10.1998 to 30.1.2001. Committee service Senate Standing: Scrutiny of Bills from 17.4.1986 to 5.6.1987. Senate Select: Education of Gifted and Talented Children from 22.9.1987 to 18.5.1988; Public Interest Whistleblowing from 27.9.1993 to 31.8.1994 (Chair from 18.10.1993 to 31.8.1994). Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Education and the Arts from 3.6.1986 to 5.6.1987; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 24.9.1987 to 8.5.1990. Senate Estimates: D from 20.3.1986 to 5.6.1987; E from 24.9.1987 to 29.9.1989; B from 9.5.1990 to 20.8.1992; E from 20.8.1992 to 6.5.1993; C from 6.5.1993 to 9.6.1994. Conferences, delegations and visits Official visits to UK, France, Spain and Portugal, November 1996.Official visits to New Zealand, July 1997.Official visits to China and India, September 1997.Parliamentary Delegate to the Australian Constitutional Convention, Canberra, February 1998.Official visits to UK, Italy and USA, July 1999.Official visits to China, September 1999.Official visits to USA, June 2000.Official visits to New Zealand, July 2000.Study tour, Cambodia and Vietnam, March 2001. Parliamentary party positions Shadow Minister for Defence Science and Personnel from 16.9.1988 to 11.4.1990.Shadow Minister for Status of Women from 11.6.1989 to 11.4.1990.Shadow Minister Assisting the Leader of the Opposition on the Status of Women from 11.4.1990 to 7.4.1993.Shadow Minister for Veterans' Affairs from 11.4.1990 to 7.4.1993.Shadow Minister for Defence Personnel from 11.4.1990 to 28.4.1992.Shadow Minister for Defence Science and Personnel from 28.4.1992 to 7.8.1992.Shadow Minister for the Aged from 7.8.1992 to 7.4.1993.Shadow Minister for Family and Health from 7.4.1993 to 22.5.1994.Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Family Matters from 7.4.1993 to 22.5.1994.Shadow Minister for Defence from 25.9.1994 to 11.3.1996. Personal Born 8.7.1937, Melbourne, AustraliaDied 1.4.2018Married Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament LLB (University of Melbourne).Barrister and solicitor.Heritage developer.Hotelier.Farmer.Founding Member, Women's Shelters in Hobart and Launceston.Member, State Executive, National Trust (Tas).Member, Federal Executive, Australian Garden History Society.Deputy Chair, Association of Independent Schools of Tasmania.