Speeches Browse all speeches (Hansard) Biography Parliamentary service Elected to the House of Representatives for Moreton, Queensland, 1996, 1998, 2001 and 2004. Defeated at general elections 2007. Ministerial appointments Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs from 26.11.01 to 26.10.04.Minister Assisting the Prime Minister from 7.10.03 to 30.1.07.Minister for Vocational and Technical Education from 26.10.04 to 30.1.07. Committee service House of Representatives Standing: Communications, Transport and Microeconomic Reform from 29.5.96 to 31.8.98; Communications, Transport and the Arts from 8.12.98 to 8.10.01; Industry, Science and Technology from 4.6.98 to 31.8.98; Publications from 8.12.98 to 8.10.01; Employment, Workplace Relations and Workforce Participation from 6.2.07 to 17.10.07.Joint Statutory: National Crime Authority from 8.12.98 to 11.2.02; Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings from 14.2.07 to 17.10.07.Joint Standing: Treaties from 17.6.96 to 11.2.02. Conferences, delegations and visits Delegate, Liberal Party Australian Political Exchange Program Visit, USA 1994.Study tour, China, April 1999; UK, Ireland and USA, September 1999; Ireland, April 2000; Taiwan, April 2001.Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the 45th CPA Conference, Trinidad and Tobago, September 1999; 46th CPA Conference, London and Edinburgh, September 2000; 47th CPA Conference, Melbourne and Canberra, September 2001.Member, Joint Standing Committee on Treaties visit to New Zealand, March 2000.Attended CPA Executive Committee meetings, Gibraltar, April 2000; Jersey and UK, September 2000; Barbados, April-May 2001.Attended 31st CPA Clerks and Presiding Officers Conference, Norfolk Island, July-August 2000.Official visits to Kenya, UK and Canada, February-March 2003; China and Vietnam, August 2005; Hong Kong, December 2005. Party positions Member, Liberal Party (Qld) from 1986.Campaign Director for various State and Federal elections from 1987.Delegate, Liberal Party Conference (Qld) from 1987.Delegate, Liberal-National Coalition Central Policy Committee 1994-96.Member, Liberal Party Central Policy Committee 1994-96.Member, Liberal Party (Qld) Central Campaign Committee 1994-95. Personal Born 5.1.1960, Caringbah, NSW. Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament BComm (Griffith), DipMR.Radio broadcaster 1977-82.Television presenter and journalist 1980-89.Radio news director 1989.Media adviser to A Innes, MLA (Qld) 1989.Media adviser to Senator DJ MacGibbon 1989-96. Electorate Description: inner metropolitan.Location: southern Brisbane; it includes the suburbs of Algester, Archerfield, Calamvale, Chelmer, Coopers Plains, Drewvale, Eight Mile Plains, Ekibin, Graceville, Macgregor, Moorooka, Nathan, Parkinson, Robertson, Rocklea, Runcorn, Salisbury, Sherwood, Stretton, Sunnybank, Sunnybank Hills, Tarragindi, Tennyson, Wellers Hill, Yeronga and Yeerongpilly, and parts of Acacia Ridge and Annerley.Area: 101 sq km (approx.).Electors enrolled: 88 324 (at 9.10.04).Industries: light industrial and commercial activities.State electorates: Moreton includes the Queensland Legislative Assembly parts of the electorates of Algester, Indooroopilly, Mt Gravatt, Stretton and Yeerongpilly.