Speeches Browse all speeches (Hansard) Biography Parliamentary service Elected to the House of Representatives for Forrest, Western Australia 1987, 1990, 1993, 1996, 1998, 2001 and 2004. Retired prior to general elections 2007. Ministerial appointments Minister for Small Business and Consumer Affairs from 11.3.96 to 18.7.97. Committee service House of Representatives Standing: Employment, Education and Training from 8.10.87 to 19.2.90; Industry, Science and Resources from 8.12.98 to 8.10.01 (Chair from 10.12.98 to 2.9.99 and from 17.2.00 to 8.10.01); Industry and Resources from 20.3.02 to 17.10.07.Joint Statutory: Public Accounts from 20.10.88 to 19.2.90.Joint Standing: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 25.3.98 to 17.10.07. Conferences, delegations and visits Official visits to New Zealand, August 1996; Hong Kong and Philippines, August-September 1996.Parliamentary Adviser, United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), New York, September-December 1999.Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the West Indies, February-March 2002.Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Kuwait, Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan, July-August 2002.Attended the Royal Institute of International Affairs Energy Conference, UK, February 2003.Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Croatia and Slovenia, April 2003.Member, Parliamentary Delegation to United Arab Emirates, Iran, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, April 2004.Member, Parliamentary Delegation to New Zealand, July 2006. Parliamentary party positions Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 11.4.90 to 11.3.96. Shadow Minister for Small Business, Housing and Customs from 11.4.90 to 7.4.93; Manufacturing and Service Industries from 7.4.93 to 26.5.94; Finance from 26.5.94 to 11.3.96. Party positions Liberal Party Bunbury Branch President 1979-82; Divisional Vice-President and Senior Vice-President 1982-84. Personal Born 6.11.1948 at Bunbury, WA.Married. Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament Self-employed businessman, company director and registered builder. Engaged in steel fabrication, building and construction, property development and management, and automotive engine reconditioning. Local government service Member, Bunbury City Council 1979-85.Member, Bunbury Water Board 1979-85. Electorate Description: rural.Location: 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: 21 143 sq km (approx.).Electors enrolled: 87 145 (at 9.10.04).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.State electorates: Forrest includes the Western Australian Legislative Assembly electorates of Bunbury, Capel, Leschenault, Vasse, Warren-Blackwood, and parts of Collie-Wellington.