Speeches First speech Browse all speeches (Hansard) Biography Parliamentary service State: elected to the New South Wales Legislative Council 27.3.1999. Resigned 19.7.2010.Federal: elected to the Senate for New South Wales 2010 (term began 1.7.2011) and 2016. Committee service State: Standing: Law and Justice from 21.5.03 to 2.3.07.State Select: Increase in Prisoner Population from 17.11.99 to 13.12.01; NSW Taxi Industry from 10.11.09 to 19.7.10.State Joint Standing: Electoral Matters from 26.6.07 to 19.7.10.State Joint Select: Cross City Tunnel from 29.11.05 to 19.5.06 and from 19.5.06 to 2.3.07.State: Committee on the Office of the Ombudsman and Police Integrity Commission from 7.6.06 to 2.3.07.Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Education, Employment and Workplace Relations: Legislation and References Committees from 5.7.11 to 14.10.15; Finance and Public Administration: Legislation and References Committees from 12.11.13 to 7.7.14 and from 13.9.16; Education and Employment References from 22.6.16, substitute member from 27.6.18; substitute member, Legislation from 14.9.16 to 10.10.16, 10.10.16 to 14.10.16, and from 7.11.16; substitute member Economics Legislation from 16.11.17 to 6.2.2018 and from 22.3.18.Senate Standing: Senators' Interests from 1.9.16.Senate Select: Murray-Darling Basin Plan from 11.8.15 to 12.10.15.Joint Standing: Electoral Matters from 5.7.11 to 9.5.16 and from 14.9.16; National Capital and External Territories from 12.9.16; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 26.6.18.Joint Select: Constitutional Recognition of Local Government from 1.11.12 to 7.3.13. Parliamentary party positions Australian Greens Portfolios: Democracy; Local Government; Higher Education; Assisting on National Security; Women; International Aid and Development; Animal Welfare; Forests from 1.7.11 to 11.11.13.Democracy; Local Government; Higher Education; Transport; Women; International Aid and Development; Animal Welfare; Forests from 11.11.13 to 1.7.14.Animal Welfare; Democracy; Local Government; Higher Education; International Aid and Development; Water and Murray Darling Basin from 1.7.14 to 25.5.15.Democracy; Local Government; International Aid and Development; Animal Welfare; Higher Education; Water and Murray Darling Basin from 25.5.15 to 15.9.15.Democracy and Local Government; International Aid and Development; Animal Welfare from 15.9.15 to 25.8.16.Democracy; Local Government; Housing; Industry; Animal Welfare; Gun Control from 25.8.16. Party positions Member, Waverley Greens from 1990.Member, Greens Wentworth Election Campaign Committee 1993, 1996, 1998.Convener, Greens (NSW) Industrial Relations Working Group 1998-2003.Member, Greens (NSW) State Election Campaign Committee 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2011.Member, Greens (NSW) Federal Election Campaign Committee 2001, 2004, 2007, 2010 and 2016. Personal Born 30.5.1951, Sydney, NSW. Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament BSc (Hons in Botany) (NSW).Botany tutor and research assistant, University of New South Wales 1975-76.Field ecology tutor, Macquarie University 1976-78.Secretary, Union of Australian Women (NSW) 1980-83.Member, NSW Women's Advisory Council to the Premier, 1980-82.Freelance journalist and editor 1982-89.Coordinator, overseas development and environment programs for the Ideas Centre, 1989-92.Director, Rainforest Information Centre 1990-92.Lecturer, Workers' Education Association 1990-92.General Studies tutor, University of New South Wales, 1990-94.Director, AID/WATCH 1992-98.Spokesperson, Coalition for Gun Control, 1992-95.Member, NSW Legislative Council 1999-2010 (see Parliamentary service above). Publications Chapter in 'Taking a stand: women in politics and society', J Scutt (ed.), Melbourne: Artemis, 1994.Chapter in 'The Australian book of atheism', W Bonett (ed.), Melbourne: Scribe, 2010.Chapter in 'Left Turn', A Loewenstein and J Sparrow (eds.), Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2012.