Speeches Browse all speeches (Hansard) Biography Parliamentary service Elected to the Senate for South Australia 1980. Re-elected 1983, 1984, 1987, 1993 and 1998. Retired with the expiration of term 2005. Parliamentary positions Temporary Chair of Committees from 16.9.2002 to 30.6.2005. Ministerial appointments Minister for Consumer Affairs from 15.2.1988 to 4.4.1990.Minister Assisting the Treasurer for Prices from 15.2.1988 to 4.4.1990.Minister for Administrative Services from 4.4.1990 to 24.3.1993.Cabinet Minister from 4.4.1990 to 11.3.1996.Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs from 24.3.1993 to 11.3.1996.Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Multicultural Affairs from 24.3.1993 to 11.3.1996. Committee service Joint Select: Republic Referendum served from 21.6.1999 to 9.8.1999Joint Standing: Foreign Affairs and Defence served from 28.2.1985 to 5.6.1987; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade served from 9.10.1987 to 24.2.1988; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade served from 31.5.1996 to 29.5.1997; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade served from 1.7.2002 to 30.6.2005Joint Statutory: National Crime Authority served from 28.2.1985 to 15.2.1988; National Crime Authority served from 31.5.1996 to 6.11.1996; Native Title and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Fund served as Deputy Chair from 28.8.1997 to 13.5.1998Senate Estimates: Estimates Group A served from 26.8.1981 to 4.2.1983; Estimates Group E served from 24.9.1987 to 18.3.1988Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Constitutional and Legal Affairs served from 25.8.1981 to 9.9.1981; Foreign Affairs and Defence served from 9.9.1981 to 1.7.1985; Constitutional and Legal Affairs served from 21.4.1983 to 18.3.1987; Constitutional and Legal Affairs served as Chair from 19.3.1987 to 5.6.1987; Legal and Constitutional Affairs served from 24.9.1987 to 5.10.1987; Legal and Constitutional Affairs served as Chair from 6.10.1987 to 24.2.1988; Legal and Constitutional Affairs: References served from 2.5.1996 to 9.11.1998; Legal and Constitutional Affairs: Legislation served from 2.5.1996 to 9.11.1998; Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts: Legislation served from 24.11.1998 to 11.2.2002; Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts: References served from 24.11.1998 to 11.2.2002; Finance and Public Administration: Legislation served as Substitute member from 28.4.1999 to 12.8.1999; Economics: References served from 13.2.2002 to 1.7.2002; Legal and Constitutional Affairs: Legislation served from 1.7.2002 to 30.6.2005; Legal and Constitutional Affairs: References served as Chair from 1.7.2002 to 30.6.2005; Legal and Constitutional Affairs: References served from 1.7.2005 to 30.6.2005Senate Select: Industrial Relations Legislation served from 22.9.1982 to 26.10.1982; Conduct of a Judge served from 30.3.1984 to 24.8.1984; Allegations Concerning a Judge served from 10.9.1984 to 21.2.1985Senate Standing: Privileges served from 25.8.1981 to 15.6.1984; Scrutiny of Bills served from 8.12.1982 to 20.2.1985; Disputed Returns and Qualifications served from 4.5.1983 to 5.6.1987; Privileges served from 29.5.1985 to 5.6.1987; Senators' Interests served from 2.5.1996 to 9.11.1998; Senators' Interests served from 13.2.2002 to 1.7.2002; Appropriations and Staffing served from 1.7.2002 to 15.11.2004 Conferences, delegations and visits Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Scandinavia, May-June 1982.Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Western Europe, Italy, Spain, Greece, Cyprus, October-November 1983.Representative of the Australian Government at the installation of the President of Nicaragua, January 1985.Alternate Delegate, Commonwealth Parliamentary Delegation to the Australian Constitutional Convention, Brisbane, July 1985.Parliamentary Adviser, United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), New York, September-December 1986.Delegate, 27th South Pacific Conference, Noumea, October 1987.Official visits to Fiji and Tuvalu, September-October 1988.Official visits to New Zealand, November 1988.Official visits to New Zealand, June-July 1990.Official visits to Japan, USSR, France and USA, September-October 1990.Official visits to Greece and Crete, May 1991.Official visits to Indonesia, China and Thailand, September-October 1991.Official visits to Cambodia, UK, Sweden, Czech Republic and Germany, July-August 1992.Official visits to Thailand, Hong Kong and USA, June 1993.Official visits to Switzerland, Germany, Greece and Turkey, September 1993.Official visits to Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Singapore, April 1994.Official visits to Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and Cyprus, September 1994.Official visits to Indonesia, Hong Kong, China and Republic of Korea, March-April 1995.Official visits to Lebanon, Italy, Malta and Greece, July-August 1995.Parliamentary Delegate to the Australian Constitutional Convention, Canberra, February 1998.Bilateral visits to Canada and USA, October-November 1999.Attended 6th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, The Hague, The Netherlands, November 2000.Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Japan and the Republic of Korea, December 2003.Member, Parliamentary Delegation to China and bilateral visit to Mongolia, April 2005.Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to New Zealand, May 2005. Parliamentary party positions Shadow Attorney-General from 20.3.1996 to 20.10.1998.Shadow Minister for Justice from 20.3.1996 to 20.10.1998.Shadow Minister for Environment and Heritage from 20.10.1998 to 22.11.2001. Personal Born: 17.7.1950, Adelaide, AustraliaGender: MaleMarital Status: Married Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament LLB (University of Adelaide).Lawyer and research officer.