Speeches First speech Browse all speeches (Hansard) Biography Parliamentary service State: Elected to the New South Wales Legislative Council, 1995. Resigned 28.2.2003.Federal: Elected to the House of Representatives for Page, New South Wales, 2007. Re-elected 2010. Defeated at general elections 2013. Parliamentary positions Member of the Speaker's Panel from 18.2.2008 to 5.8.2013. Committee service Joint Statutory: Public Works from 25.10.2010 to 5.8.2013 (Chair from 28.10.2010 to 5.8.2013). Joint Standing: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 18.2.2008 to 5.8.2013 (Chair, Trade Sub-Committee from 12.3.2008 to 5.8.2013). Joint Select: Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples from 29.11.2012 to 5.8.2013. House of Representatives Standing: House from 19.2.2008 to 19.7.2010; Selection from 30.9.2010 to 14.5.2013; Petitions from 25.10.2010 to 5.8.2013; Appropriations and Administration from 13.2.2013 to 5.8.2013; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs (Aboriginal Affairs before 4.5.1992) from 14.5.2013 to 5.8.2013. Conferences, delegations and visits Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Timor-Leste, August 2009.Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Japan, January 2012.Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Timor-Leste, March 2012. Parliamentary party positions Government Whip in the House of Representatives from 27.11.2012 to 13.5.2013. Party positions President of the Australian Labor Party Lismore Branch.President of the Australian Labor Party Lismore State Electorate Council.President of the Australian Labor Party Richmond Federal Electorate Council.Delegate to the Australian Labor Party Country Conference.Vice-President of the Australian Labor Party Parliamentary Country Labor Committee (NSW).Member of the Country Labor Advocacy Committee.Delegate to the Australian Labor Party State Conference.Delegate to the Australian Labor Party National Conference.Member of the Australian Labor Party from 1982. Personal Born 1.11.1954, Ipswich, AustraliaMarried Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament DipT (Northern Rivers College of Advanced Education).BLegSt (Macquarie University).Community consultant and advocate from 1990 to 1995.Solicitor from 1993 to 1994.Member of the Legislative Council (NSW) from 1995 to 2003.Senior Political Adviser to HE Dr Jose Ramos-Horta from 2004 to 2007. State/Territory Government service Elected to the New South Wales Legislative Council, 1995. Resigned 28.2.2003. Electorate Name: PageLocation: New South Wales north coast; it includes the centres of Alstonville, Ballina, Casino, Evans Head, Grafton, Iluka, Kyogle, Lismore and Yamba.Area: 16,143 Sq kmElectors enrolled: 94,360 (at 21.8.2010)Industries: dairy and beef cattle, pigs, maize, tropical fruit, sugar cane, fishing, prawning, oysters, butter and dairy factories, timber mills, several abattoirs and tourism. Includes: Page includes parts of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly electorates of Ballina, Clarence and Lismore.