Speeches Browse all speeches (Hansard) Biography Parliamentary service Chosen by the Parliament of Victoria on 7.5.1986 under section 15 of the Constitution to represent that State in the Senate, vice A Missen (deceased). Elected 1987 (term deemed to have begun 1.7.1987), 1990, 1996 and 2001. Resigned 10.2.2004. Ministerial appointments Minister for Communications and the Arts from 11.3.96 to 25.9.97.Minister for Communications, the Information Economy and the Arts from 25.9.97 to 21.10.98.Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts from 21.10.98 to 7.10.03. Committee service Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Constitutional and Legal Affairs from 3.6.86 to 5.6.87; Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 24.9.87 to 24.8.90; Finance and Public Administration from 24.9.87 to 17.9.90.Participating member, Environment, Recreation and the Arts: Legislation Committee from 17.10.94 to 29.4.96.Senate Select: Superannuation from 20.6.91 to 30.6.93; Subscription Television Broadcasting Services from 26.6.92 to 16.9.92; Functions, Powers and Operation of the Australian Loan Council from 5.11.92 to 18.8.93; Matters Arising from Pay Television Tendering Processes from 27.5.93 to 16.12.93; Certain Aspects of Foreign Ownership Decisions in relation to the Print Media from 14.12.93 (Chair from 15.12.93) to 30.3.95; Australian Broadcasting Corporation Management and Operations from 22.9.94 (Chair from 13.10.94) to 30.3.95.Senate Estimates: A from 21.8.86 to 6.9.89; C from 21.2.91 to 20.8.92.Joint Statutory: National Crime Authority from 9.10.87 to 19.2.90; Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings from 27.10.89 to 19.2.90.Joint Select: Corporations Legislation from 20.10.88 to 13.4.89. Conferences, delegations and visits Member, Parliamentary Delegation to India and Sri Lanka, November 1986.Member, 77th IPU Conference, Managua, Nicaragua, April-May 1987.Official visits to New Zealand, June-July 1996; USA and Canada, July-August 1996; India, October-November 1996; UK and USA, January 1997; Japan, USA, UK, Ireland and Malaysia, July-August 1997; Indonesia and Republic of Korea, November-December 1997; USA, February 1998; Singapore and Malaysia, May-June 1998; South Africa, UK, Switzerland and Italy, January-February 1999; Hong Kong, March 1999; USA, May-June 1999; South Africa, June 1999; Israel, Russia, Finland, Sweden and Germany, July 1999; USA and UK, November 1999; Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Brazil and Mexico, May 2000; Israel and UK, November 2000; India and China, December 2000; United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Egypt, April-May 2001; USA and Canada, January 2002; Republic of Korea, China and Japan, May-June 2002; UK, France, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland and USA, September-October 2002; Belgium, Germany and Hungary, March 2003. Parliamentary party positions Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate from 23.3.93 to 11.3.96.Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate from 11.3.96 to 7.10.03.Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 12.5.89 to 11.3.96. Shadow Minister for Communications from 12.5.89 to 11.4.90; Social Security, Child Care and Retirement Incomes from 11.4.90 to 28.4.92; Social Security, Child Care and Superannuation from 28.4.92 to 23.5.92; Superannuation and Child Care from 23.5.92 to 7.4.93; Communications from 7.4.93 to 26.5.94; Communications and the Arts from 26.5.94 to 11.3.96.Shadow Minister Assisting the Leader of the Opposition on Social Policy from 11.4.90 to 28.4.92. Party positions President, Liberal Party (Vic) 1979-82.Member, Liberal Party Federal Executive 1979-82.Member, Liberal Party State Executive (Vic) 1977-80.Member, Liberal Party Administrative Committee 1980-85.Member, Liberal Party Policy Assembly from 1982.Chair, Liberal Party State Finance Committee 1979-82.Chair, Liberal Party Constitutional Committee 1977-79 and 1982-87.Member, Liberal Speakers Group from 1972. Personal Born 19.12.1941, Perth, WA.Married. Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament LLB, BA, BComm (Melb), LLM, MBA (Monash).Barrister.President, United Nations Association of Australia 1977-79.Chair, Australian Council for Overseas Aid 1978-83.National Chair, International Disaster Emergencies Committee 1978-80.Member, Executive Committee, International Council of Voluntary Agencies 1983-84.Chair and Director, Australian Institute of Political Science (Vic) 1983-88.Chair, Afghan-Australia Council 1987-90.