Speeches First speech Browse all speeches (Hansard) Biography Parliamentary service Elected to the Senate for Victoria 2007 (term began 1.7.2008). Defeated at general elections 2013 (term ended 30.6.2014). Parliamentary positions Temporary Chair of Committees from 28.9.10 to 6.7.11. Committee service Senate Standing: Selection of Bills from 4.7.11 to 30.6.14; Procedure from 9.5.12 to 30.6.14; Senators' Interests from 9.5.12 to 11.11.13; House from 13.11.13 to 30.6.14.Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 1.7.08 to 14.5.09; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: Legislation Committee from 14.5.09 to 7.7.11 and References Committees from 14.5.09 to 11.11.13; Finance and Public Administration: Legislation and References Committees from 2.2.10 to 7.7.11; Education and Employment: Legislation Committee from 2.12.13 to 30.6.14.Senate Select: School Funding from 12.12.13 to 11.2.14.Joint Statutory: Public Accounts and Audit from 2.2.10 to 12.9.12.Joint Standing: Electoral Matters from 2.12.13 to 30.6.14; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 2.12.13 to 30.6.14; Treaties from 2.12.13 to 11.2.14; National Capital and External Territories from 2.12.13 to 11.2.14. Conferences, delegations and visits Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Vietnam and Laos, January 2009.Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Malaysia and Sri Lanka, December 2011. Parliamentary party positions Chief Opposition Whip in the Senate from 4.7.11 to 18.9.13.Chief Government Whip in the Senate from 18.9.13 to 30.6.14. Party positions President, Vice-President, Springvale Young Liberals 1975-84.Various Liberal Party Malvern East Branch positions 1985-2003; President 1992-96; Vice-President 2000-03.Delegate, Higgins and Malvern Electorate Councils 1985-2003.Delegate, Liberal Party State Council (Vic.) 1992-2003.Delegate, Liberal Party Policy Assembly 1997-2003.Member, Liberal Party Steering Committee 1997-98.Member, Liberal Party Administrative Committee 1999-2008.Treasurer, Malvern Electorate Council 2000-01.Chair, Liberal Party Media and Communications Committee 2000-02; Chair, Training Committee 2002-03.Chair, Liberal Party State Campaign Conference (Vic.) 2003-06; Chair, State Strategy and Campaign Committee (Vic.) 2003-06.State President, Liberal Party (Vic.) 2003-06; Immediate Part President from 2006.Executive Member, Federal Awards Committee 2005-08.Federal Vice-President, Liberal Party 2005-08.Chair, Federal Constitutional Review Committee 2008. Personal Born 11.3.1959, Melbourne, Vic.Single. Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament Graduate trainee and recruitment officer, IBM Australia 1981-85.Human resource manager, KPMG (formerly Peat Marwick) 1985-87.Owner and operator, Blacamoor Delicatessen 1988-93.Fundraising director, Wesley College, Melbourne 1997-2003.Full-time State President, Liberal Party (Vic.) 2003-06.Council Member, La Trobe University 2003-06.