Speeches First speech Browse all speeches (Hansard) Biography Parliamentary service State: Elected to the Tasmanian House of Assembly for Denison, 1983. Resigned 12.2.1993.Federal: Elected to the Senate for Tasmania 1996. Re-elected 2001 and 2007. Resigned 15.6.2012. Committee service Senate Standing: Senators' Interests from 17.9.2008 to 25.10.2010; Procedure from 3.2.2009 to 15.6.2010. Senate Select: Socio-Economic Consequences of the National Competition Policy from 24.8.1999 to 17.2.2000. Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts: Legislation from 1.7.2005 to 5.10.2005; Finance and Public Administration from 26.11.2008 to 15.6.2009 (Substitute member from 26.11.2008 to 15.6.2009); Finance and Public Administration: Legislation from 14.5.2009 to 15.6.2009 (Substitute member from 14.5.2009 to 15.6.2009); Environment and Communications: References from 11.5.2011 to 22.9.2011 (Substitute member from 11.5.2011 to 22.9.2011). Joint Standing: Electoral Matters from 14.2.2008 to 5.7.2011. Conferences, delegations and visits Study tour, Tibet, Nepal and India, November 1999.Host, Global Greens Conference, Canberra, April 2001.Study tour, Colombia, Republic of Korea and East Timor, May 2002. Parliamentary party positions Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Australian Greens from 28.11.2005 to 13.4.2012.Spokesperson for the Australian Greens on Prime Minister and Cabinet; Treasury; Foreign Affairs, Defence and National Security; Schools, Education; Forests (Tasmania); Whaling and Antarctica from 1.7.2011 to 15.6.2012. Party positions Senate Candidate for the United Tasmania Group, the World's First Greens Party, 1975.Delegate for Tasmania to the Founding Meeting of the Australian Greens Party, 1992. Other positions Life Member of the Australian Conservation Foundation.Life Member of the Hobart Walking Club.Founding Member of the Wilderness Society, 1976.Participated in Franklin River blockade, 1982.Participated in Tarkine wilderness protest, 1995. Personal Born 27.12.1944, Oberon, AustraliaPartner Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament MBBS (University of Sydney).General practitioner from 1968 to 1980.Director of the Wilderness Society from 1979 to 1984.Founding President of the Australian Bush Heritage Fund, 1990. State/Territory Government service Elected to the Tasmanian House of Assembly for Denison, 1983. Resigned 12.2.1993.Parliamentary Leader of the Greens from 1989 to 1993. Publications Wild Rivers: Franklin/Denison/Gordon (with Peter Dombrovskis), Peter Dombrovskis Pty, Sandy Bay, Tas: 1983.Lake Pedder, Wilderness Society, Hobart, Tas.: 1986.Tarkine Trails, Wilderness Society, Hobart, Tas.: 1994.The Greens (with Peter Singer), Text Publishing Co, Melbourne: 1996.Valley of the giants: a guide to Tasmania's Styx River Forests, Wilderness Society, Hobart, Tas.: 2001.Memo for a saner world, Penguin Books, Camberwell, Vic., 2004.Earth, Self-published, Hobart, Tas., 2009.In Balfour St, Self-published, Hobart, Tas., 2010.