Speeches First speech Browse all speeches (Hansard) Biography Parliamentary service Chosen by the Parliament of Victoria on 31.3.2004 under section 15 of the Constitution to represent that State in the Senate, vice Hon. R Alston (resigned). Elected to the Senate for Victoria 2007. Re-elected 2013 and 2016. Resigned 16.8.2019. Ministerial appointments Assistant Minister for Social Services from 18.9.2013 to 21.9.2015.Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Digital Government from 21.9.2015 to 18.2.2016.Minister for the Arts from 21.9.2015 to 29.5.2019.Minister for Communications from 21.9.2015 to 29.5.2019.Cabinet Minister from 21.9.2015 to 29.5.2019. Committee service Senate Standing: Senators' Interests from 1.7.2008 to 27.10.2010 (Chair from 16.6.2010 to 27.10.2010); Selection of Bills from 9.3.2010 to 9.5.2016; Procedure from 21.3.2011 to 9.5.2016; Scrutiny of Bills from 1.7.2011 to 16.3.2012 (Chair from 6.7.2011 to 16.3.2012); Appropriations and Staffing from 13.11.2013 to 9.5.2016; Appropriations, Staffing and Security from 1.9.2016 to 5.2.2018; Procedure from 1.9.2016 to 5.2.2018; Selection of Bills from 1.9.2016 to 5.2.2018; Appropriations, Staffing and Security from 10.9.2018 to 1.7.2019; Procedure from 10.9.2018 to 1.7.2019; Selection of Bills from 10.9.2018 to 1.7.2019. Senate Select: Housing Affordability in Australia from 14.2.2008 to 16.6.2008; Fuel and Energy from 12.11.2008 to 30.8.2010; Scrutiny of New Taxes from 30.9.2010 to 1.11.2011. Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Finance and Public Administration: Legislation from 1.7.2005 to 11.9.2006; Finance and Public Administration: References from 1.7.2005 to 11.9.2006; Finance and Public Administration: References from 11.9.2006 to 11.3.2009 (Chair from 22.3.2007 to 11.2.2008); Finance and Public Administration: Legislation from 11.9.2006 to 11.3.2009; Education, Employment and Workplace Relations from 11.9.2006 to 9.5.2007; Finance and Public Administration: Legislation from 27.10.2010 to 30.6.2011; Finance and Public Administration: References from 27.10.2010 to 30.6.2011 (Chair from 28.10.2010 to 30.6.2011). Joint Standing: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 17.8.2007 to 19.7.2010; Electoral Matters from 11.3.2008 to 20.3.2008. Joint Select: DisabilityCare Australia from 19.6.2013 to 5.8.2013. Parliamentary party positions Manager of Government Business in the Senate from 18.9.2013 to 20.12.2017.Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate from 20.12.2017 to 23.8.2018.Manager of Government Business in the Senate from 28.8.2018 to 29.5.2019.Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities, Carers and the Voluntary Sector from 20.2.2009 to 14.9.2010.Deputy Manager of Opposition Business in the Senate from 9.3.2010 to 19.7.2010.Shadow Minister for Disabilities, Carers and the Voluntary Sector from 14.9.2010 to 18.9.2013.Manager of Opposition Business in the Senate from 28.9.2010 to 5.8.2013. Party positions Delegate to the Liberal Party State Council (Vic.) from 1996.Delegate to the Liberal Party State Assembly (Vic.), 1996.Delegate to the Liberal Party State Assembly (Vic.) from 2004. Personal Born 16.1.1967, Sydney, Australia Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament BA (University of Sydney).Senior Research Officer to the NSW Minister for Transport and Sydney's Olympic Bid, the Hon. B Baird, MLA 1988-92.Policy Adviser to the Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Industrial Relations, the Hon. JD Anderson, MP 1992.Senior Policy Adviser to the Victorian Minister for Transport, the Hon. AJ Brown, MLA 1992-96.Senior Political Adviser to the Treasurer, the Hon. PH Costello, MP 1996-2003. Military Service Reservist, 12 Psych Unit, Australian Army Psychology Corps 1985-87.