Speeches First speech Browse all speeches (Hansard) Biography Parliamentary service Chosen by the Parliament of Western Australia on 11.3.2009 under section 15 of the Constitution to represent that State in the Senate, vice the Hon. C Ellison (resigned). Elected to the Senate for Western Australia, 2010 Re-elected 2016. Resigned 31.7.2017. Parliamentary positions Temporary Chair of Committees from 7.7.2011 to 10.5.2012.Temporary Chair of Committees from 7.7.2014 to 2.5.2016. Committee service Senate Standing: Scrutiny of Delegated Legislation (formerly Regulations and Ordinances) from 12.3.2009 to 2.2.2010; Publications from 13.11.2013 to 15.3.2016; Appropriations and Staffing from 1.7.2014 to 9.5.2016; Appropriations, Staffing and Security from 1.9.2016 to 22.6.2017; Publications from 12.9.2016 to 22.6.2017. Senate Select: Reform of the Australian Federation from 11.5.2010 to 30.6.2011; School Funding from 11.2.2014 to 9.7.2014; Wind Turbines from 27.11.2014 to 3.8.2015; Resilience of Electricity Infrastructure in a Warming World from 24.11.2016 to 7.4.2017; Lending to Primary Production Customers from 20.3.2017 to 22.6.2017. Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Education, Employment and Workplace Relations from 12.3.2009 to 14.5.2009; Education, Employment and Workplace Relations: References from 14.5.2009 to 11.11.2013 (Chair from 25.10.2010 to 11.11.2013); Education, Employment and Workplace Relations: Legislation from 2.2.2010 to 11.11.2013; Education and Employment: Legislation from 13.11.2013 to 1.7.2014 (Chair from 11.2.2014 to 1.7.2014); Education and Employment: References from 13.11.2013 to 1.7.2014; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: Legislation from 1.7.2014 to 9.5.2016 (Chair from 1.7.2014 to 9.5.2016); Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: References from 1.7.2014 to 9.5.2016; Environment and Communications: References from 12.10.2015 to 9.5.2016; Environment and Communications: Legislation from 12.10.2015 to 9.5.2016; Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: Legislation from 1.9.2016 to 22.6.2017; Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: References from 1.9.2016 to 22.6.2017; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: References from 1.9.2016 to 22.6.2017; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: Legislation from 1.9.2016 to 22.6.2017 (Chair from 1.9.2016 to 22.6.2017); Environment and Communications: References from 16.11.2016 to 16.11.2016 (Substitute member from 16.11.2016 to 16.11.2016); Environment and Communications: References from 8.2.2017 to 11.5.2017 (Substitute member from 8.2.2017 to 11.5.2017). Joint Standing: National Capital and External Territories from 11.2.2014 to 9.5.2016; Treaties from 11.2.2014 to 9.5.2016; Migration from 1.7.2014 to 9.5.2016; Parliamentary Library from 1.7.2014 to 22.6.2017; Treaties from 1.9.2016 to 22.6.2017; Migration from 12.9.2016 to 22.6.2017; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 12.9.2016 to 22.6.2017. Joint Select: Gambling Reform from 25.10.2010 to 10.5.2012. Parliamentary party positions Opposition Deputy Whip in the Senate from 8.5.2012 to 18.9.2013.Government Deputy Whip in the Senate from 18.9.2013 to 30.6.2014. Party positions Member of the Liberal Party Tangney Division Executive from 2006 to 2009.Member of the Liberal Party Mt Pleasant Branch Executive from 2006 to 2009.Member of the Liberal Party State Council (WA) from 2007 to 2009. Personal Born 11.2.1950, Perth, AustraliaMarried Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament BVSc (University of Queensland).Employed at Curtin University and the University of California from 1976 to 1984.Chief Executive Officer at Rottnest Island Authority from 1988 to 1995.Chief Executive Officer at the Bushfires Board of Western Australia from 1995 to 1997.Managing director for fuel industry retail and distribution from 1997 to 2000.Business executive in the oil and gas industry from 2000 to 2008. Military Service RAAF Queensland University Squadron 1968-71.