Speeches First speech Browse all speeches (Hansard) Biography Parliamentary service Elected to the House of Representatives for Goldstein, Victoria, 2004. Re-elected 2007, 2010 and 2013. Retired prior to general elections 2016. Ministerial appointments Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs from 27.1.2006 to 30.1.2007.Minister for Vocational and Further Education from 30.1.2007 to 3.12.2007.Minister for Trade and Investment from 18.9.2013 to 18.2.2016.Cabinet Minister from 18.9.2013 to 18.2.2016. Committee service Joint Statutory: Intelligence and Security from 27.8.2008 to 19.3.2009. Joint Standing: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 11.3.2008 to 25.9.2008; Electoral Matters from 3.2.2010 to 19.7.2010. House of Representatives Standing: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs (Aboriginal Affairs before 4.5.1992) from 1.12.2004 to 28.2.2006; Economics, Finance and Public Administration from 1.12.2004 to 9.2.2006; Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government from 10.11.2008 to 3.2.2010. Parliamentary party positions Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs from 6.12.2007 to 22.9.2008.Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and COAG from 22.9.2008 to 8.12.2009.Shadow Minister Assisting the Leader of the Opposition on Emissions Trading Design from 22.9.2008 to 8.12.2009.Shadow Minister for Finance and Debt Reduction from 25.3.2010 to 14.9.2010.Shadow Minister for Finance, Deregulation and Debt Reduction from 14.9.2010 to 18.9.2013. Party positions Member of the Liberal Party Queanbeyan Branch from 1988 to 1997.Deputy Director of the Federal Liberal Party from 1988 to 1989.Director of the Federal Liberal Party from 1990 to 1997.Member of the Liberal Party Cremorne Point Branch from 1997 to 2002.Member of the Liberal Party Fundraising Committee (NSW) from 1997 to 2004.Treasurer of the Liberal Party State Branch (NSW) from 2001 to 2004.Member of the Liberal Party State Executive (NSW) from 2001 to 2004.Member of the Liberal Party Kirribilli Branch from from 2002 to 2004.Chair of the Liberal Party Millennium Fundraising Forum (NSW), 2004.Member of the Liberal Party Brighton Branch from 2004. Other positions Director of the Menzies Research Centre from 1997 to 2004.Member of the Garvan Medical Research Foundation Board from 1998 to 2004.Member of the YWCA Leadership Group from 1998 to 2004.Chairman of the Australian Direct Marketing Association Board from 2001 to 2004.Member of the 'Big Brothers Big Sisters' Board from 2002 to 2004.Member of the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre (ANU) Advisory Council from 2003 to 2004. Personal Born 20.8.1951, Melbourne, AustraliaMarried Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament DipAgSc (Dookie Agricultural College).BEc(Hons) (La Trobe University).Animal health officer for the Department of Agriculture (Vic.) from 1972 to 1974.Agricultural economist at the Department of Agriculture (Vic.) from 1974 to 1979.Part-time tutor at La Trobe University (Vic.) from 1976 to 1979.Economist for the National Farmers' Federation, 1980.Executive Director of the Cattle Council of Australia from 1981 to 1984.Executive Director of the National Farmers' Federation from 1985 to 1988.Deputy Director of the Liberal Party from 1988 to 1989.Chief of Staff to the Leader of the Opposition, the Hon. A Peacock from 1989 to 1990.Director of the Liberal Party from 1990 to 1997.Consultant for Ammirati Puritas Lintas, 1997.Senior Executive at PBL from 1997 to 1999.Member of the Sinclair Knight Merz Board from 1998 to 2001.Chief Executive Officer of Acxiom Australia from 1999 to 2001.Chairman, Acxiom Australia 2001-04.Business adviser from 2001 to 2004. Electorate Name: GoldsteinLocation: south eastern Melbourne; it includes the suburbs of Beaumaris, Black Rock, Brighton East, Caulfield South, Hampton, Hampton East and Sandringham, and parts of Bentleigh, Cheltenham, Elsternwick, Glen Huntly, Highett and Ormond.Area: 50 Sq kmElectors enrolled: 100,583 (at 7.9.2013)Industries: light industrial and commercial activities. Includes: Goldstein includes parts of the Victorian Legislative Assembly electorates of Bentleigh, Brighton, Caulfield and Sandringham. Honours Awarded Centenary Medal, 01.01.2001.Appointed Officer of the Order of Australia, 26.01.2003.