Speeches First speech Browse all speeches (Hansard) Biography Parliamentary service State: Elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly for Heffron, 2003. Resigned 29.6.2012.Federal: Chosen by the Parliament of New South Wales 14.2.2018 under section 15 of the Constitution to represent that State in the Senate, vice S Dastyari (resigned). Resigned 13.4.2022. Committee service Senate Standing: Publications from 15.2.2018 to 1.7.2019. Senate Select: Stillbirth Research and Education from 28.3.2018 to 4.12.2018; COVID-19 from 8.4.2020 to 21.10.2021. Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Community Affairs: References from 15.2.2018 to 1.7.2019; Economics: References from 15.2.2018 to 21.3.2018; Environment and Communications: References from 15.2.2018 to 1.7.2019. 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 15.2.2018 to 11.4.2019; Intelligence and Security from 2.7.2019 to 13.4.2022. Joint Standing: Migration from 15.2.2018 to 11.4.2019; Treaties from 15.2.2018 to 11.4.2019; National Capital and External Territories from 22.7.2019 to 13.4.2022. Parliamentary party positions Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate from 30.5.2019 to 13.4.2022.Shadow Minister for Home Affairs from 2.6.2019 to 13.4.2022.Shadow Minister for Immigration and Citizenship from 2.6.2019 to 13.4.2022.Shadow Minister for Government Accountability from 28.1.2021 to 13.4.2022. Party positions Member of the Australian Labor Party from 2000. Other positions Patron of the Stillbirth Foundation Australia from 2010 to 2018.Chair of Basketball Australia from 2011 to 2012.Member of Souths Cares Board from 2011 to 2016.CEO of Basketball Australia from 2012 to 2014.Ambassador of Opportunity International Australia from 2012 to 2018.Ambassador of the John Berne School from 2014 to 2018.Member of the Referendum Council on Constitutional Recognition from 2015 to 2017.Chair of the Souths Cares Board from 2016 to 2018.Non-Executive Director of the US Studies Centre (University of Sydney) from 2016 to 2018.Member of the McKell Institute Board from 2017 to 2018. Personal Born 19.12.1968, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States of AmericaMarried Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament BA(Hons) (University of Dayton).MA (University of Dayton).Primary School Teacher at the Immaculate Conception School, Cuba, New Mexico, USA from 1991 to 1992.Graduate Assistant in the Department of Religious Studies, Unviersity of Dayton, Ohio, USA from 1992 to 1994.Youth & Young Adults Co-ordinator for the Society of St Vincent De Paul (NSW) from 1995 to 1996.Research Assistant at Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA from 1997 to 1999.Presenter for Sky News Australia from 2014 to 2017.Director of Gender Inclusion & Adjunct Professor at the Macquarie Graduate School of Management from 2015 to 2017. State/Territory Government service Elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly for Heffron, 2003. Resigned 29.6.2012.Minister for Disability Services 2.4.2007 to 5.9.2008.Minister for Ageing from 2.4.2007 to 5.9.2008.Minister for Planning from 8.9.2008 to 4.12.2009.Minister for Redfern Waterloo from 8.9.2008 to 4.12.2009.Minister for Infrastructure from 17.11.2009 to 4.12.2009.Premier from 4.12.2009 to 28.3.2011.Minister for Redfern Waterloo from 8.12.2009 to 28.3.2011. Publications Folding the Jesus-Sophia metaphor: a basis for a non-androcentric Christology within a Christian feminist interpretive community. Thesis - MA in Religious Studies, University of Dayton 1995.'God's first instrument of liberation': Bible Today St Benedict Minnesota 1995.