Speeches Browse all speeches (Hansard) Biography Parliamentary service State: Elected to the Queensland Legislative Assembly for Merthyr, 1989.Federal: Chosen by the Parliament of Queensland on 29.10.2002 under section 15 of the Constitution to represent that State in the Senate, vice Hon. J Herron (resigned). Resigned 11.4.2007. Ministerial appointments Minister for Ageing from 27.1.2006 to 21.3.2007. Conferences, delegations and visits Official visits to Japan and USA, June 2006 Party positions Member, Government Policy Committees on Education, Science and Training; Employment, Workplace Relations and Workforce Participation; Transport, Regional Services, Territories and Local Government; Communications and Information Technology; Health and Ageing; Small Business, Tourism and the ArtsMember, Liberal Party State Executive (Qld) 1984-96Young Liberal State President (Qld) 1985-86Delegate, Liberal Party Federal Council 1985-86Member, Liberal Party State Executive (Qld) 1988-89 Personal Born 27.4.1956, Sicily, ItalyMarried Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament B.A(Qld)B.Ec (Hons)(Qld)Research officer, Queensland Confederation of Industry 1981-84Private secretary to Senator WR Parer 1984-86Purchasing executive, St Andrews Hospital 1987-89Member, Legislative Assembly (Qld) 1989-2001Business manager 2001-02 Local government service Elected to the Queensland Legislative Assembly for Merthyr, 1989.Liberal Party Whip from February 1990 to September 1990.Liberal Party Spokesman on Emergency Services; Employment, Training and Industrial Relations; Youth, and Ethnic Affairs from February 1990 to September 1992.Spokesman on Police from February 1990 to August 1990.Coalition Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations from November 1992 to 19.2.1996.Elected to the Queensland Legislative Assembly for Clayfield, 1992. Defeated at general elections 2001.Deputy Leader of the Parliamentary Liberal Party from 24.9.1992 to 31.7.1995.Shadow Minister assisting for Ethnic Affairs from 2.8.1995 to 19.2.1996.Minister for Training and Industrial Relations from 26.2.1996 to 26.6.1998.Shadow Minister for Employment, Training and Industrial Relations from 2.7.1998 to 19.6.2000.Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs from 1.1.1999 to 7.6.2000.