Speeches First speech Browse all speeches (Hansard) Biography Parliamentary service Elected to the Senate for Queensland 2007. Defeated at general elections 2013. Parliamentary positions Temporary Chair of Committees from 7.7.2011 to 30.6.2014. Committee service Senate Standing: Publications from 30.9.2010 to 30.6.2014; Regulations and Ordinances from 1.7.2011 to 11.11.2013. Senate Select: Climate Policy from 18.3.2009 to 15.6.2009; Reform of the Australian Federation from 13.5.2010 to 30.6.2011. Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Economics from 1.7.2008 to 14.5.2009; Community Affairs: Legislation from 28.8.2008 to 11.11.2013; Community Affairs: References from 28.8.2008 to 14.5.2009; Legal and Constitutional Affairs: Legislation from 30.9.2010 to 11.11.2013; Legal and Constitutional Affairs: References from 30.9.2010 to 11.11.2013. 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 1.7.2011 to 30.6.2014; Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity from 4.12.2013 to 30.6.2014. Joint Standing: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 16.3.2009 to 30.6.2014. Conferences, delegations and visits Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, September-October 2008.Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Timor-Leste, August 2009.Member, Parliamentary Delegation to United Arab Emirates, May 2011.Member, Parliamentary Delegation to UK, Spain, Germany and USA, April-May 2012. Party positions Member of the Australian Labor Party Campaign Committee.Delegate to the Australian Labor Party Pine Rivers Municipal Electoral Council from 1996 to 1998.Secretary of the Australian Labor Party Bray Park Branch from 1997 to 1998.Delegate to the Australian Labor Party State Conference (Qld.) from 1997 to 2008.Delegate to the Australian Labor Party State Electorate Council, 1999.Delegate to the Australian Labor Party Pine Rivers Municipal Electorate Council, 2000.Vice-President of the Australian Labor Party Pine Rivers Central Branch from 2005 to 2007.Member of the Australian Labor Party Administrative Committee from 2005.Member of the Australian Labor Party Electoral College from 2005.Delegate to the Australian Labor Party Dickson Federal Electorate Council from 2006 to 2008.Delegate to the Australian Labor Party Pine Rivers Municipal Electoral Council, 2006.Delegate to the Australian Labor Party National Conference, 2007.Delegate to the Australian Labor Party State Electorate Council, 2007. Personal Born 11.4.1958, Brisbane, AustraliaMarried Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament AssocDipBus(IndRel) (Queensland University of Technology).Organiser for the Transport Workers' Union (Qld) from 1989 to 1992.Industrial Officer for the Police Union (Qld) from 1992 to 1996.Organiser, Senior Organiser, Branch Secretary and General Vice-President for the National Union of Workers (Qld) from 1996 to 2008.