Speeches Browse all speeches (Hansard) Biography Parliamentary service Elected to the House of Representatives for Lyne, New South Wales, 1993. Re-elected 1996, 1998, 2001, 2004 and 2007. Resigned 30.7.2008. Parliamentary positions Member of the Speaker's Panel from 31.1.1995 to 20.10.1997. Ministerial appointments Minister for Transport and Regional Development from 9.10.1997 to 21.10.1998.Cabinet Minister from 9.10.1997 to 3.12.2007.Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry from 21.10.1998 to 20.7.1999.Minister for Trade from 20.7.1999 to 29.9.2006.Deputy Prime Minister from 6.7.2005 to 3.12.2007.Minister for Transport and Regional Services from 29.9.2006 to 3.12.2007. Committee service Joint Statutory: Public Accounts from 12.5.1993 to 25.11.1997; Law Enforcement (formerly National Crime Authority from 15.6.1984 to 1.1.2003 and Australian Crime Commission from 1.1.2003 to 24.11.2010) from 26.5.1993 to 29.1.1996. House of Representatives Standing: Selection from 7.5.1996 to 22.10.1997; Communications, Transport and Microeconomic Reform from 29.5.1996 to 21.10.1997 (Chair from 30.5.1996 to 21.10.1997); Privileges from 18.6.1996 to 23.10.1997; Communications from 11.3.2008 to 30.7.2008. Conferences, delegations and visits Official visits to New Zealand, November 1997.Official visits to New Zealand, January 1999.Official visits to Singapore, Indonesia, UK, Belgium and Germany, February-March 1999.Official visits to Argentina, Brazil, Peru and Uruguay, August-September 1999.Official visits to New Zealand, September 1999.Official visits to Singapore and Japan, September-October 1999.Official visits to Switzerland, Romania, Germany, France, UK and Singapore, October-November 1999.Official visits to Thailand, November 1999.Official visits to USA, November-December 1999.Official visits to Thailand, February 2000.Official visits to Singapore, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and United Arab Emirates, February-March 2000.Official visits to China, May 2000.Official visits to France, Germany, Belgium and Israel, June-July 2000.Official visits to Indonesia and New Zealand, August 2000.Official visits to Thailand and Canada, October 2000.Official visits to India, Egypt, South Africa and Singapore, October 2000.Official visits to Brunei and Singapore, November 2000.Official visits to Malaysia, December 2000.Official visits to Taiwan and Indonesia, February 2001.Official visits to USA, April 2001.Official visits to UK, Belgium and France, May 2001.Official visits to Japan and China, June 2001.Official visits to Mexico, Uruguay and Chile, August-September 2001.Official visits to Vietnam, September 2001.Official visits to Singapore, October 2001.Official visits to Qatar, November 2001.Official visits to USA, January-February 2002.Official visits to Fiji and New Caledonia, March 2002.Official visits to Indonesia, March 2002.Official visits to China, Japan and Republic of Korea, April 2002.Official visits to Switzerland, France, Belgium, UK and Thailand, May 2002.Official visits to Mexico, May-June 2002.Official visits to United Arab Emirates, Libya and Singapore, July 2002.Official visits to Malaysia, July 2002.Official visits to New Zealand, August 2002.Official visits to United Arab Emirates, Iran and Brunei, September 2002.Official visits to USA, October 2002.Official visits to Bolivia and Mexico, October 2002.Official visits to Singapore, November 2002.Official visits to Japan, Singapore and India, February 2003.Official visits to Vietnam and Indonesia, March 2003.Official visits to USA, April-May 2003.Official visits to Thailand, May-June 2003.Official visits to UK, Switzerland and Egypt, June 2003.Official visits to USA and Canada, July-August 2003.Official visits to Cambodia, September 2003.Official visits to Mexico and USA, September 2003.Official visits to Thailand, October 2003.Official visits to USA, November 2003.Official visits to Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Iraq and Kuwait, December 2003.Official visits to USA, January-February 2004.Official visits to Costa Rica, February 2004.Official visits to China, April 2004.Official visits to United Arab Emirates, France, Belgium and USA, May 2004.Official visits to Chile, USA and Brazil, June 2004.Official visits to Switzerland, July 2004.Official visits to Indonesia, September 2004.Official visits to Chile, November 2004.Official visits to New Zealand, December 2004.Official visits to Switzerland, January-February 2005.Official visits to Kenya, March 2005.Official visits to China, March 2005.Official visits to Colombia, Brazil and Argentina, March-April 2005.Official visits to Indonesia, Japan and Singapore, April 2005.Official visits to United Arab Emirates, France and Turkey, April-May 2005.Official visits to Republic of Korea, May-June 2005.Official visits to China, July 2005.Official visits to Malaysia, August 2005.Official visits to Thailand and Laos, September-October 2005.Official visits to Switzerland, October and December 2005.Official visits to Hong Kong, December 2005.Official visits to Switzerland, January 2006.Official visits to Iraq and United Arab Emirates, February 2006.Official visits to USA and UK, March 2006.Official visits to Switzerland, April-May 2006.Official visits to France, May 2006.Official visits to Vietnam, May-June 2006.Official visits to Switzerland, June-July 2006.Official visits to Malaysia, August 2006.Official visits to China, December 2006. Parliamentary party positions National Party Assistant Whip in the House of Representatives from 2.6.1994 to 29.4.1996.National Party Whip in the House of Representatives from 29.4.1996 to 21.10.1997.Deputy Leader of the Federal Parliamentary National Party from 1.7.1999 to 11.10.2003.Deputy Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Nationals from 11.10.2003 to 23.6.2005.Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Nationals from 23.6.2005 to 26.11.2007. Party positions Member of the National Party from 1978.Chair of the National Party Wingham Branch from 1982 to 1986.Secretary of the National Party Lyne Federal Electorate Council from 1984 to 1990. Personal Born 18.4.1956, Sydney, AustraliaMarried Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament Jackeroo 1973-75.Farm machinery retailer 1975-78.Stock, station and real estate agent and auctioneer 1978-92. Local government service Alderman, Greater Taree City Council from 1985 to 1993.Deputy Mayor, Greater Taree City Council from 1986 to 1987.Deputy Mayor, Greater Taree City Council from 1991 to 1992.Deputy Mayor, Greater Taree City Council from 1992 to 1993. Electorate Name: LyneLocation: north central coast of New South Wales; it includes the centres of Bonny Hills, Crescent Head, Harrington, Kendall, Lake Cathie, Laurieton, North Haven, Old Bar, Port Macquarie, Taree, Wauchope and Wingham.Area: 9,039 Sq kmElectors enrolled: 86,814 (at 24.11.2007)Industries: timber, beef and dairy cattle, mixed farming, fishing and oyster farming, boat building, engineering and tourism. Includes: Lyne includes parts of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly electorates of Myall Lakes, Oxley and Port Macquarie.