Speeches Browse all speeches (Hansard) Biography Parliamentary service Elected to the Senate for Western Australia 1984 (term began 1.12.1984), 1987, 1993 and 1998. Retired prior to general elections 2004 (term ended 30.6.2005). Parliamentary positions Temporary Chairman of Committees from 1.5.96 to 30.6.05. Committee service Senate Standing: House from 26.2.85 to 18.8.93 and from 2.5.96 to 1.7.02; Selection of Bills from 18.12.89 to 12.5.93; Privileges from 2.5.96 to 20.8.03 and from 22.12.03 to 30.6.05.Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Education and the Arts from 26.2.85 to 5.6.87; Community Affairs from 24.9.87 to 18.8.93 and from 25.8.94 to 10.10.94; Community Affairs: References Committee from 10.10.94 and Legislation Committee from 11.10.94 (Chair from 4.2.97) to 30.6.05; Environment, Recreation, Communications and the Arts: References Committee from 19.6.96 to 13.2.97.Participating member, Legal and Constitutional: Legislation Committee from 1.12.94 to 29.4.96 and from 24.8.99 to 30.6.05 and References Committee from 24.8.99 to 30.6.05; Participating member, Economics: Legislation and References Committees from 24.8.99 to 30.6.05; Participating member, Employment, Workplace Relations, Small Business and Education: Legislation and References Committees from 24.8.99 to 11.2.02; Participating member, Employment, Workplace Relations and Education: Legislation and References Committees from 11.3.02 to 30.6.05; Participating member, Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts: Legislation and References Committees from 24.8.99 to 30.6.05; Participating member, Finance and Public Administration: Legislation and References Committees from 24.8.99 to 30.6.05; Participating member, Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: Legislation and References Committees from 24.8.99 to 30.6.05; Participating member, Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: Legislation and References Committees from 24.8.99 to 30.6.05.Senate Select: Community Standards Relevant to the Supply of Services Utilising Electronic Technologies from 22.5.96 to 26.6.97; Medicare from 15.5.03 to 11.2.04.Senate Estimates: F from 6.5.93 to 8.2.94 and from 12.5.94 to 10.10.94.Joint Statutory: Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings from 2.6.94 to 1.7.02. Conferences, delegations and visits Attended CPA Annual Group Discussion, London and Isle of Man, May 1985.Member, Australian Political Exchange Delegation to Canada, October 1985.Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Russia and Ukraine, March-April 1995.Member, 99th IPU Conference, Namibia, and bilateral visits to Zimbabwe, Angola and Mozambique, April 1998; Leader, 100th IPU Conference, Moscow, September 1998.Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the Philippines and Japan, May-June 1999.Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Singapore, September 2000.Member, Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing Committee on Community Affairs visit to UK and Canada, April 2001.Member, Parliamentary Delegation to South Africa, September 2001.Parliamentary Adviser, United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), New York, September-December 2003. Parliamentary party positions Deputy Opposition Whip in the Senate from 14.9.87 to 7.4.93.Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 7.4.93 to 26.5.94. Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs from 7.4.93 to 26.5.94. Party positions State President, Young Liberal Movement (WA) 1977-81.Member, Liberal Party State Executive (WA) 1977-85.Member, Liberal Party State Council (WA) from 1977.State Vice-President (WA) 1981-83.State Campaign Chairman (WA) 1982-85.Senior Vice-President, Liberal Party (WA) 1983-85.Life Member, Young Liberal Movement. Personal Born 10.4.1951, Brisbane, Qld. Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament Sales/marketing manager.