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 Joint Standing: Migration served from 15.2.2018 to 11.4.2019; Treaties served from 15.2.2018 to 11.4.2019; National Capital and External Territories served from 22.7.2019 to 13.4.2022Joint Statutory: Law Enforcement served from 15.2.2018 to 11.4.2019; Intelligence and Security served from 2.7.2019 to 13.4.2022Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Community Affairs: References served from 15.2.2018 to 1.7.2019; Economics: References served from 15.2.2018 to 21.3.2018; Environment and Communications: References served from 15.2.2018 to 1.7.2019Senate Select: Stillbirth Research and Education served from 28.3.2018 to 4.12.2018; COVID-19 served from 8.4.2020 to 21.10.2021Senate Standing: Publications served from 15.2.2018 to 1.7.2019 Parliamentary party positions Australian Labor Party. Served: 14.02.2018 to 13.04.2022Deputy 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 Cabinet Minister 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 AmericaGender: FemaleMarital Status: Married 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.