Speeches Browse all speeches (Hansard) Biography Parliamentary service Elected to the House of Representatives for Forrest, Western Australia, 1987. Re-elected 1990, 1993, 1996, 1998, 2001 and 2004. Retired prior to general elections 2007. Ministerial appointments Minister for Small Business and Consumer Affairs from 11.3.1996 to 18.7.1997. Committee service Joint Statutory: Public Accounts from 20.10.1988 to 19.2.1990. Joint Standing: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 25.3.1998 to 17.10.2007. House of Representatives Standing: Employment, Education and Training from 8.10.1987 to 19.2.1990; Industry, Science and Resources from 8.12.1998 to 8.10.2001 (Chair from 10.12.1998 to 2.9.1999); Industry, Science and Resources from 8.12.1998 to 8.10.2001 (Chair from 17.2.2000 to 8.10.2001); Industry and Resources from 20.3.2002 to 17.10.2007. Conferences, delegations and visits Official visits to New Zealand, August 1996Official visits to Hong Kong and Philippines, August-September 1996Parliamentary Adviser, United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), New York, September-December 1999Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the West Indies, February-March 2002Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Kuwait, Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan, July-August 2002Attended the Royal Institute of International Affairs Energy Conference, UK, February 2003Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Croatia and Slovenia, April 2003Member, Parliamentary Delegation to United Arab Emirates, Iran, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, April 2004Member, Parliamentary Delegation to New Zealand, July 2006 Parliamentary party positions Member of the Opposition Shadow Ministry from 11.4.1990 to 11.3.1996.Shadow Minister for Small Business, Housing and Customs from 11.4.1990 to 7.4.1993.Shadow Minister for Manufacturing and Service Industries from 7.4.1993 to 26.5.1994.Shadow Minister for Finance from 26.5.1994 to 11.3.1996. Party positions Liberal Party Bunbury Branch President 1979-82Liberal Party Bunbury Divisional Vice-President and Senior Vice-President 1982-84 Personal Born 6.11.1948, Bunbury, AustraliaMarried Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament Self-employed businessman, company director and registered builderEngaged in steel fabrication, building and construction, property development and management, and automotive engine reconditioning Electorate Description: RuralLocation: south-west Western Australia; it includes the centres of Augusta, Australind, Bridgetown, Bunbury, Busselton, Capel, Collie, Donnybrook, Dunsborough, Eaton, Harvey, Manjimup, Margaret River, Nannup, Pemberton, Walpole, Yallingup and Yarloop.Area: 21143 Sq kmElectors enrolled: 87145 (at 9.10.2004)Industries: agriculture (beef and dairy cattle, sheep, fruit and vegetables, wine, flowers), forestry (hard and softwoods, wood chipping) mining (coal, mineral sands, tin and tantalite), fisheries, manufacturing, commerce and tourism. Electorate: Forrest includes the Western Australian Legislative Assembly electorates of Bunbury, Capel, Leschenault, Vasse, Warren-Blackwood, and parts of Collie-Wellington.