Speeches Browse all speeches (Hansard) Biography Parliamentary service Elected to the House of Representatives for Bradfield, New South Wales, 1996. Re-elected 1998, 2001, 2004 and 2007. Resigned 19.10.2009. Ministerial appointments Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence from 30.1.2001 to 26.11.2001.Minister for Education, Science and Training from 26.11.2001 to 27.1.2006.Cabinet Minister from 26.11.2001 to 3.12.2007.Minister for Defence from 27.1.2006 to 3.12.2007. Committee service House of Representatives Standing: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs (Aboriginal Affairs before 4.5.1992) from 29.5.1996 to 31.8.1998; Family and Community Affairs from 29.5.1996 to 31.8.2000; Finance and Public Administration from 29.5.1996 to 31.8.1998; Employment, Education and Training from 22.10.1997 to 31.8.1998; Employment, Education and Workplace Relations from 8.12.1998 to 7.2.2001. Conferences, delegations and visits Study tour, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Switzerland and France, July-August 1999.Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Singapore, September 2000.Study tour, New Zealand, July 2002.Official visits to China, India and UK, October 2003.Official visits to Chile, Brazil and USA, April 2005.Official visits to China, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia, July 2005.Official visits to United Arab Emirates, March 2006.Official visits to New Zealand, May 2006.Official visits to Singapore and Malaysia, June 2006.Official visits to USA and UK, June-July 2006.Official visits to Iraq and Afghanistan, August-September 2006.Official visits to East Timor, November 2006.Official visits to Bahrain, USA, France, the Netherlands, Belgium and UK, December 2006.Official visits to Canada, April 2007.Official visits to Kuwait, United Arab Emirates and Turkey, April 2007.Official visits to Singapore and Japan, June 2007.Official visits to Indonesia and China, July 2007.Official visits to United Arab Emirates and USA, August-September 2007.Official visits to UK and USA, August 2008. Parliamentary party positions Chair of the Government Members' Health and Aged Care Committee from 1996 to 1998.Secretary of the Government Members' Employment, Education and Workplace Relations Committee from 1998.Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Liberal Party from 29.11.2007 to 16.9.2008.Leader of the Opposition from 3.12.2007 to 16.9.2008. Party positions Member of the Liberal Party (Tas.) from 1994.Member of the Liberal Party Pymble Branch from 1994. Other positions Chair of the Sydney Airport Community Forum from 1998 to 2001. Personal Born 19.8.1958, Coburg, Australia Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament MBBS (Flinders University).FAMA (American Medical Association).FRACP (Hon) (Royal Australasian College of Physicians).MRACGP (Royal Australian College of General Practitioners).General medical practitioner from 1985 to 1995.Director of the After Hours Medical Services, Hobart/Launceston (Tas.) from 1987 to 1991.President of the Australian Medical Association (Tas.) from 1990 to 1992.Vice-President of the Australian Medical Association from 1991 to 1993.President of the Australian Medical Association from 1993 to 1995.Medical columnist from 1995 to 1997. Electorate Name: BradfieldLocation: Sydney's North Shore; it includes the suburbs of Gordon, Killara, Lindfield, Pymble, St. Ives, Turramurra, Warrawee, West Pymble and parts of Asquith, Chatswood, Chatswood West, Hornsby, Middle Cove, Roseville and Wahroonga.Area: 93 Sq kmElectors enrolled: 93,405 (at 24.11.2007)Industries: light manufacturing, service industries, Chatswood CBD and shopping centre, commercial businesses and government offices. Includes: Bradfield includes parts of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly electorates of Davidson, Hornsby, Kuring-gai, Lane Cove and Willoughby.