Speeches Browse all speeches (Hansard) Biography Parliamentary service Elected to the House of Representatives for McEwen, Victoria, 1990. Defeated at general elections, 1993. Elected to the House of Representatives for McEwen, Victoria, 1996. Re-elected 1998 and 2001, 2004 and 2007. Retired prior to general elections 2010. Ministerial appointments Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence from 26.11.2001 to 18.7.2004.Minister for Employment Services from 18.7.2004 to 26.10.2004.Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence from 18.7.2004 to 26.10.2004.Minister for Small Business and Tourism from 26.10.2004 to 3.12.2007. Committee service Joint Standing: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 8.12.1998 to 11.2.2002. House of Representatives Standing: Parliamentary Library from 16.5.1990 to 8.2.1993; Community Affairs from 16.5.1990 to 14.9.1992; Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 18.10.1990 to 30.4.1992; Financial Institutions and Public Administration from 29.5.1996 to 12.12.1996; Industry, Science and Technology from 29.5.1996 to 31.8.1998; Primary Industries, Resources and Rural and Regional Affairs from 29.5.1996 to 31.8.1998 (Chair from 21.11.1996 to 31.8.1998); Primary Industries and Regional Services from 8.12.1998 to 8.10.2001 (Chair from 9.12.1998 to 8.10.2001); Industry, Science and Innovation from 11.3.2008 to 19.7.2010. Conferences, delegations and visits Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to New Zealand, June 1997.Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Ireland and China, July 2000.Leader, Defence Delegation to UK and USA, September 2003.Leader, Tourism Industry Delegation to Hong Kong and UK, January 2005.Leader, Tourism Industry Delegation to Korea, Japan and China, July 2005.Official visits to India, September 2005.Official visits to USA, Canada and Japan, January 2006.Official visits to Vietnam, September-October 2006.Official visits to USA, January 2007.Member, Parliamentary Delegation to UK and Belgium, November 2009. Parliamentary party positions Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition Assisting with Fightback! Co-ordination and Marketing from 28.4.1992 to 23.5.1992.Shadow Minister for Consumer Affairs from 23.5.1992 to 7.4.1993. Party positions Secretary of the Liberal Party Yarra Glen Branch from 1984 to 1988.Committee Delegate of the Victorian Legislative Assembly Electorate of Evelyn from 1984 to 1988.Female Vice-Chairman of the Victorian Legislative Assembly Electorate of Evelyn from 1985 to 1987.Delegate to the Liberal Party State Council (Vic.) from 1986 to 1989.Female Vice-President of the Liberal Party Yarra Glen Branch, 1987.President of the Liberal Party Yarra Glen Branch from 1988 to 1989.Campaign Director of the Victorian Legislative Assembly Electorate of Evelyn, 1988. Personal Born 21.5.1946, Brisbane, Australia Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament DipT(Sec) (University of Queensland and Kelvin Grove Teachers' College).Secondary school teacher.Business manager of family company.Retailer from 1981 to 1985.Cashmere goat breeder and exporter from 1984 to 1990.Business consultant from 1994 to 1996. Electorate Name: McEwenLocation: central Victoria; it includes the centres of Alexandra, Broadford, Diamond Creek, Eildon, Gisborne, Healesville, Lancefield, Hurstbridge, Kilmore, Macedon, Marysville, Riddells Creek, Romsey, Seymour, Wallan, Warburton, Whittlesea, Woodend, Woori Yallock, Yarra Glen, Yarra Junction and Yea.Area: 10,675 Sq kmElectors enrolled: 95,402 (at 9.10.2004)Industries: cattle grazing, wool growing, forestry, market gardening, wines, sawmills, dairying, various small businesses and tourism. Includes: McEwen includes the Victorian Legislative Assembly electorate of Seymour, and parts of Benalla, Gembrook, Macedon and Yan Yean.