Speeches First speech Browse all speeches (Hansard) Biography Parliamentary service Elected to the Senate for Victoria 2007 (term began 1.7.2008). Resigned 12.8.2013.Elected to the House of Representatives for Batman, Victoria, 2013 and 2016. Resigned 1.2.18. Ministerial appointments Parliamentary Secretary for Defence from 14.9.10 to 18.9.13. Committee service Senate Standing: Publications from 1.7.08 to 27.9.10; Privileges from 12.5.10 to 27.9.10.Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 1.7.08 to 14.5.09; Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 1.7.08 to 14.5.09; Legal and Constitutional Affairs: Legislation and References Committees from 14.5.09 to 27.9.10.Senate Select: Climate Policy from 18.3.09 to 15.6.09.Joint Statutory: Public Accounts and Audit from 1.7.08 to 19.7.10.Joint Standing: Electoral Matters from 15.9.09 to 26.10.10; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 4.12.13 to 9.5.16 and from 15.9.16. Parliamentary party positions Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 14.10.13. Shadow Minister for Justice and Shadow Assistant Minister for Defence from 18.10.13 to 23.07.16.Shadow Minister for Veterans' Affairs from 1.7.14 to 23.07.16.Shadow Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC from 1.7.14 to 23.07.16. Party positions Member, ALP Administrative Committee (Vic.) 1994-2002.Caucus Secretary, Federal Parliamentary Labor Party 2008-10. Personal Born 5.3.1970, Adelaide, SA.Married. Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament MPPM (Monash).Federal Industrial Officer, Transport Workers' Union 1994-98.ALP State Secretary and Campaign Director (Vic.) 1999-2002.Director of Strategy, Office of the Premier of Victoria, the Hon. SP Bracks, MLA 2003-04.ALP Campaign Director (SA) 2005-06.ALP Assistant National Secretary 2005-08.