Speeches Browse all speeches (Hansard) Biography Parliamentary service State: Shadow Minister for Aboriginal Affairs.Federal: Elected to the House of Representatives for Cook, New South Wales, 1998. Re-elected 2001 and 2004. Retired prior to general elections 2007. Committee service House of Representatives Standing: Industry, Science and Resources served from 8.12.1998 to 21.6.1999; Privileges served from 20.3.2002 to 31.8.2004; Economics, Finance and Public Administration served as Chair from 1.12.2004 to 17.10.2007Joint Select: Retailing Sector served as Chair from 8.2.1999 to 30.8.1999; Republic Referendum served from 2.6.1999 to 9.8.1999Joint Standing: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade served from 8.12.1998 to 17.10.2007; Migration served from 8.12.1998 to 8.10.2001; Treaties served from 8.12.1998 to 8.10.2001Joint Statutory: National Crime Authority served from 23.5.2001 to 23.5.2001; National Crime Authority served as Chair from 24.5.2001 to 8.10.2001; Australian Crime Commission served as Chair from 20.3.2002 to 31.8.2004; Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity served from 8.5.2007 to 17.10.2007 Conferences, delegations and visits Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the European Institutions, Strasbourg, Belgium and Luxembourg, June 2000.Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Malaysia, January 2003.Member, Parliamentary Delegation to United Arab Emirates, Iran, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, April 2004.Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Kuwait, October 2005.Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Hong Kong, December 2005.Member, Parliamentary Delegation to New Zealand, July 2006.Parliamentary Adviser, United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), New York, September-December 2006.Parliamentary Delegation to New Zealand, July 2007. Parliamentary party positions Member of the Government Policy Committee on Small Business, Tourism, Sport and the Arts.Member of the Government Policy Committee on Immigration, Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs. Party positions President of the Liberal Party Pennant Hills Branch from 1992 to 1993.President of the Northcott Electorate Conference from 1992 to 1993. Other positions Chair of the Parliamentary Christian Fellowship.Chair of the Friends of Tourism Group.Chair of the Amnesty International Parliamentary Group from 2000. Personal Born 28.2.1942, Sydney, AustraliaMarried Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament Hon PhD (University of Newcastle).MBA (University of Melbourne).BA (University of Sydney).Assistant Trade Commissioner at the Australian Embassy in Bonn from 1972 to 1976.Trade Commissioner at the Australian Consulate-General, New York from 1977 to 1980.Government Affairs Manager for Esso Australia Ltd. from 1980 to 1984.Managing Director of the Tourism Council of Australia from 1995 to 1998.Chair of the National Rail Corporation from 1997 to 1998. State/Territory Government service Shadow Minister for Aboriginal Affairs.Elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly for Northcott, 1984. Retired prior to general elections 1995.Shadow Minister for Transport and Finance from 1986 to 1988.Minister for Transport from 25.3.1988 to 4.4.1995.Minister for Sydney's Olympic Bid from 1990 to 1993.Minister for Tourism from 3.7.1992 to 26.5.1993.Minister for Roads from 26.5.1993 to 4.4.1995. Electorate Name: CookLocation: south-eastern Sydney; it includes the suburbs of Bundeena, Caringbah, Cronulla, Grays Point, Gymea, Gymea Bay, Kareela, Kirrawee, Kurnell, Lilli Pilli, Maianbar, Miranda, Sylvania and Woolooware.Area: 189 Sq kmElectors enrolled: 82,675 (at 9.10.2004)Industries: petroleum refineries at Kurnell, steel fabrication, pharmaceutical plant, boat building and oyster farming. Includes: Cook includes the New South Wales Legislative Assembly electorate of Cronulla, and parts of Heathcote and Miranda. Honours Appointed a Member of the Order of Australia, 26.1.2010.