Speeches Browse all speeches (Hansard) Biography Parliamentary service Elected to the House of Representatives for Swan, Western Australia, 1980. Re-elected 1983, 1984, 1987, 1990, 1993. Elected to the House of Representatives for Brand, Western Australia, 1996, following electoral redistribution. Re-elected 1998, 2001 and 2004. Retired prior to general elections 2007. Parliamentary positions Member of the Speaker's Panel from 16.11.2004 to 8.2.2005. Ministerial appointments Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence from 11.3.1983 to 13.12.1984.Minister for Aviation from 11.3.1983 to 13.12.1984.Special Minister of State from 14.7.1983 to 21.1.1984.Cabinet Minister from 13.12.1984 to 11.3.1996.Minister for Defence from 13.12.1984 to 4.4.1990.Vice-President of the Executive Council from 15.2.1988 to 1.2.1991.Minister for Transport and Communications from 4.4.1990 to 9.12.1991.Minister for Finance from 9.12.1991 to 27.12.1991.Minister for Employment, Education and Training from 27.12.1991 to 23.12.1993.Minister for Finance from 23.12.1993 to 11.3.1996.Deputy Prime Minister from 20.6.1995 to 11.3.1996. Committee service Joint Statutory: Public Accounts from 26.11.1980 to 4.6.1981; ASIO, ASIS and DSD from 21.3.2002 to 7.3.2005. Joint Standing: Foreign Affairs and Defence from 4.12.1980 to 4.2.1983; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 20.3.2002 to 8.2.2005. House of Representatives Standing: Privileges from 15.2.1988 to 29.1.1996. Conferences, delegations and visits Parliamentary Delegation to Saudi Arabia, Oman and the United Arab Emirates, January 1982.Member, Australian Delegation to the South Pacific Commission, Pago Pago, October 1982.Official visits to China, September 1984.Official visits to New Zealand, March-April 1985.Official visits to USA and Canada, August-September 1985.Official visits to Indonesia, April-May 1986.Official visits to Sweden, Germany and USA, May 1986.Official visits to USA, August 1986.Official visits to New Zealand, April 1987.Official visits to New Zealand, September 1987.Official visits to South Pacific, October 1987.Official visits to Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Brunei, November 1987.Official visits to Malaysia, April 1988.Official visits to UK, Sweden and USA, June-July 1988.Official visits to Papua New Guinea, July 1988.Official visits to Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia, September 1988.Official visits to Papua New Guinea, October-November 1988.Official visits to New Zealand, December 1988.Official visits to New Zealand, February 1989.Official visits to USA, Europe and UK, June 1989.Official visits to Papua New Guinea, January 1990.Official visits to Turkey, April 1990.Official visits to Singapore, Japan and South Korea, April 1991.Official visits to USA and Hong Kong, September-October 1991.Official visits to USA, July-August 1992.Official visits to New Zealand, September 1992.Official visits to Singapore and Indonesia, November 1992.Official visits to USA, UK, Malaysia and Indonesia, June 1993.Official visits to Fiji, February 1995.Official visits to USA, October 1995.Official visits to Indonesia, December 1995.Official visits to India, Singapore and Indonesia, November 1996.Official visits to Hong Kong, Jordan, Israel, UK and Singapore, July 1997.Parliamentary Delegate to the Australian Constitutional Convention, Canberra, February 1998.Official visits to East Timor, December 1999.Official visits to East Timor, April-May 2000.Official visits to Indonesia, Singapore and Indonesia, April-May 2000.Official visits to Japan, June 2000.Parliamentary Delegation to Kuwait, Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan, July-August 2002.Member, Parliamentary Delegation to India, January 2003.Member, Parliamentary Delegation to East Timor, July 2003.Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Indonesia, February 2004.Official visits to Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia, April-May 2005.Official visits to Turkey, March-April 2005.Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Saudi Arabia, China, India, Republic of Korea, United Arab Emirates and Thailand, June-July 2007. Parliamentary party positions Leader of the House from 15.2.1988 to 11.3.1996.Deputy Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Australian Labor Party from 20.6.1995 to 19.3.1996.Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Australian Labor Party from 19.3.1996 to 22.11.2001.Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Australian Labor Party from 28.1.2005 to 4.12.2006.Leader of the Opposition from 19.3.1996 to 22.11.2001.Shadow Minister for Defence from 2.8.2004 to 26.10.2004.Leader of the Opposition from 28.1.2005 to 4.12.2006. Party positions Member of the Australian Labor Party State Executive (WA) from 1967 to 1973.Vice-President of the Australian Labor Party State Branch (WA) from 1970 to 1973.Member of the Australian Labor Party State Executive (WA) from 1976.Treasurer of the Australian Labor Party State Branch (WA) from 1977 to 1980.Member of the Australian Labor Party National Executive Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee from 1978 to 1990.Member of the Australian Labor Party Administrative Committee (WA) from 1980 to 1982.Delegate to the Australian Labor Party National Conference from 1980.Secretary to the Australian Labor Party Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence from 1980 to 1983.Member of the Australian Labor Party National Executive from 1991 to 2001.Member of the Australian Labor Party National Executive from 2005. Personal Born 14.12.1948, Perth, AustraliaMarried Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament MA (University of Western Australia).MPhil (University of Oxford).Rhodes Scholar (WA 1973).Tutor at Murdoch University (WA) from 1976 to 1979.Lecturer in Social and Political Theory at Murdoch University (WA), 1980. Electorate Name: BrandLocation: south of Perth; it includes the centres of Kwinana, Mandurah and Rockingham.Area: 430 Sq kmElectors enrolled: 84,223 (at 9.10.2004)Industries: heavy industry in the Kwinana industrial area, alumina refining, tourism and the naval base, HMAS Stirling, on Garden Island. Includes: Brand includes parts of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly electorates of Mandurah, Peel and Rockingham, and parts of Cockburn and Serpentine-Jarrahdale. Publications The Politics of Intrusion - the Superpowers in the Indian Ocean (with I Clark), Alternative Publishing Cooperative, Sydney: 1979.