Speeches Browse all speeches (Hansard) Biography Parliamentary service Elected to the Senate for Victoria 1993. Re-elected 1998 and 2004. Retired with the expiration of term 2011. Parliamentary positions Temporary Chair of Committees from 9.8.2005 to 30.6.2011. Ministerial appointments Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Primary Industries and Energy from 9.10.1997 to 21.10.1998.Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry from 21.10.1998 to 26.10.2004. Committee service Senate Standing: Scrutiny of Bills from 17.8.1993 to 29.4.1996 (Chair from 12.10.1994 to 29.4.1996); Scrutiny of Bills from 13.2.2008 to 30.6.2011. Senate Select: Land Fund Bill from 30.11.1994 to 9.2.1995; Certain Land Fund Matters from 19.9.1995 to 30.11.1995; Community Standards Relevant to the Supply of Services Utilising Electronic Technologies (previously Telecommunications Technologies) from 22.5.1996 to 26.6.1997; Victorian Casino Inquiry from 15.10.1996 to 5.12.1996; Mental Health from 10.3.2005 to 28.4.2006; Men's Health from 13.11.2008 to 29.5.2009. Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Community Affairs from 1.7.1993 to 10.10.1994; Rural and Regional Affairs from 21.10.1993 to 7.12.1993; Employment, Education and Training: Legislation from 10.10.1994 to 21.10.1994; Community Affairs: References from 10.10.1994 to 30.11.1994; Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: References from 17.10.1994 to 29.4.1996; Employment, Education and Training: References from 30.11.1994 to 21.10.1997; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: References from 1.7.1996 to 21.10.1997; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: Legislation from 1.7.1996 to 10.11.1997 (Chair from 1.7.1996 to 10.11.1997); Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts: References from 14.4.2005 to 11.10.2005; Education, Employment and Workplace Relations: Legislation from 14.4.2005 to 11.9.2006; Education, Employment and Workplace Relations: References from 14.4.2005 to 11.9.2006; Education, Employment and Workplace Relations from 11.9.2006 to 11.2.2008; Environment, Communications and the Arts from 24.11.2008 to 14.5.2009; Environment, Communications and the Arts: Legislation from 14.5.2009 to 27.9.2010; Environment, Communications and the Arts: References from 14.5.2009 to 27.9.2010; Environment and Communications: Legislation from 30.9.2010 to 30.6.2011; Environment and Communications: References from 30.9.2010 to 30.6.2011. Senate Estimates: A from 19.8.1993 to 9.2.1994; E from 8.2.1994 to 10.10.1994. Joint Statutory: Law Enforcement (formerly National Crime Authority from 15.6.1984 to 1.1.2003 and Australian Crime Commission from 1.1.2003 to 24.11.2010) from 7.10.1993 to 29.1.1996; Public Works from 29.11.2004 to 30.6.2011 (Deputy Chair from 13.3.2008 to 30.6.2011). Joint Standing: Migration from 31.5.1996 to 10.11.1997; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 13.2.1997 to 22.10.1997. Conferences, delegations and visits Member, Parliamentary Delegation to USA and Canada, March-April 1995.Official visits to Singapore, Taiwan, Japan and Korea, June 1999.Official visits to Spain, France, Germany and UK, September-October 2002.Official visits to USA, June 2003.Member, Parliamentary Delegation to China and bilateral visit to Mongolia, April 2005.Attended CPA Study Group, Tanzania, May 2005.Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Chile and Peru, November 2006.Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Papua New Guinea and East Timor, October-November 2008.Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Ethiopia and Switzerland, April 2009.Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Italy, Austria, France and Switzerland, October 2009.Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Thailand, Hong Kong and China, March-April 2010.Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Switzerland and France, October 2010.Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Brazil and Panama, April 2011. Parliamentary party positions Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to the Shadow Minister for Employment, Training and Family Services from 26.5.1994 to 11.3.1996. Party positions President of the Liberal Party local branch from 1982 to 1991.Member of the Liberal Party Policy Assembly from 1985 to 1992.Member of the Liberal Party Rural Committee (Vic.) from 1985 to 1992.Member of the Liberal Party Administrative Committee (Vic.) from 1988 to 1992.Vice-President of the Liberal Party Country Committee (Vic.) from 1989 to 1992.Chair of the Liberal Party Strategy Committee (Vic.) from 1991 to 1992.Chair of the Liberal Party Federal Regional and Rural Committee from 1996 to 2002. Personal Born 3.8.1940, Brighton, AustraliaDivorced Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament DipEd (University of Melbourne).BA (University of Melbourne).Teacher from 1962 to 1965.Partner in family farm from 1965 to 1999.Teacher from 1980 to 1987.