Speeches Browse all speeches (Hansard) Biography Parliamentary service Elected to the Senate for Victoria 2004. Defeated at general elections 2010. Committee service Joint Select: Christmas Island Tragedy served from 3.3.2011 to 29.6.2011Joint Standing: Parliamentary Library served from 16.9.2008 to 30.6.2011; National Capital and External Territories served from 25.10.2010 to 30.6.2011Joint Statutory: Australian Crime Commission served from 1.9.2008 to 25.11.2010; Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity served from 14.5.2009 to 30.6.2011; Law Enforcement served from 30.9.2010 to 30.6.2011Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Community Affairs: Legislation served from 10.8.2005 to 27.2.2006Senate Select: Fuel and Energy served from 26.6.2008 to 11.11.2008Senate Standing: Selection of Bills served from 9.5.2007 to 30.6.2011; Parliamentary Library served from 16.9.2008 to 30.6.2011 Conferences, delegations and visits Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Trinidad and Tobago and USA, July 2006.Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Brazil and Uruguay, June-July 2007.Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, September-October 2008.Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Ireland and Italy, June-July 2010. Parliamentary party positions Family First. Served: 01.07.2005 to 30.06.2011Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Family First Party from 1.7.2005 to 30.6.2011.Family First Party Whip in the Senate from 9.5.2007 to 30.6.2011. Party positions Director of the Family First Party from 2004. Other positions Member of the Presiding Officers' Information Technology Advisory Group from 24.6.2008. Personal Born: 17.10.1960, Melbourne, AustraliaGender: MaleMarital Status: Married Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament BE (RMIT University).MBA (Monash University).Engineer.Executive. Local Government service Councillor, Knox City Council.