Speeches Browse all speeches (Hansard) Biography Parliamentary service Elected to the Senate for Queensland 1983. Re-elected 1984, 1987 and 1993. Retired with the expiration of term 1999. Parliamentary positions Temporary Chair of Committees from 2.3.1995 to 30.6.1999. Ministerial appointments Parliamentary Secretary for Local Government from 24.7.1987 to 18.9.1987.Minister for Local Government from 18.9.1987 to 4.4.1990.Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on the Status of Women from 19.1.1988 to 4.4.1990. Committee service Joint Select: Video Material served from 31.5.1985 to 5.6.1987Joint Standing: Australian Capital Territory served from 11.5.1983 to 26.10.1984; New Parliament House served from 28.2.1985 to 5.6.1987; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade served from 18.5.1993 to 29.1.1996; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade served from 29.5.1997 to 30.6.1999; Treaties served from 5.3.1998 to 30.6.1999Joint Statutory: Public Accounts served from 13.12.1983 to 26.10.1984; Public Accounts served from 14.5.1990 to 12.5.1994; National Crime Authority served from 16.5.1990 to 20.2.1991; Native Title and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Fund served from 25.3.1994 to 30.5.1996; Australian Security Intelligence Organization served from 8.3.1995 to 29.1.1996; Native Title and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Fund served as Deputy Chair from 31.5.1996 to 28.8.1997; Native Title and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Fund served from 13.5.1998 to 30.6.1999Senate Estimates: Estimates Group E served from 4.5.1983 to 16.4.1985; Estimates Group D served from 16.4.1985 to 17.4.1985; Estimates Group D served as Chair from 18.4.1985 to 11.9.1985; Estimates Group D served from 12.9.1985 to 23.9.1985; Estimates Group D served from 20.3.1986 to 9.4.1986; Estimates Group D served as Chair from 10.4.1986 to 24.3.1987; Estimates Group F served from 24.3.1987 to 6.5.1987; Estimates Group F served as Chair from 7.5.1987 to 5.6.1987; Estimates Group C served from 9.5.1990 to 3.5.1993; Estimates Group D served from 6.5.1993 to 19.8.1993; Estimates Group C served from 19.8.1993 to 30.8.1993; Estimates Group C served as Chair from 31.8.1993 to 9.10.1994Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Education and the Arts served from 21.4.1983 to 5.6.1987; Science, Technology and the Environment served from 21.4.1983 to 20.2.1985; Finance and Government Operations served from 14.11.1985 to 5.6.1987; Constitutional and Legal Affairs served from 25.2.1987 to 5.6.1987; Community Affairs served from 11.5.1990 to 17.10.1990; Community Affairs served from 6.11.1990 to 28.9.1993; Rural and Regional Affairs served from 10.9.1991 to 1.7.1993; Legal and Constitutional Affairs served from 1.7.1993 to 9.10.1994; Environment, Recreation, Communications and the Arts: References served from 10.10.1994 to 24.9.1997; Environment, Recreation, Communications and the Arts: Legislation served from 10.10.1994 to 29.4.1996; Finance and Public Administration: Legislation served as Substitute member from 1.12.1994 to 1.12.1994; Community Affairs: References served from 2.5.1996 to 8.5.1996; Environment, Recreation, Communications and the Arts: Legislation served as Substitute member from 4.12.1997 to 12.3.1998; Environment, Recreation, Communications and the Arts: References served from 31.12.1997 to 9.11.1998; Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts: References served from 24.11.1998 to 3.12.1998Senate Select: Volatile Substance Fumes served from 26.2.1985 to 6.12.1985; Community Standards Relevant to the Supply of Services Utilising Electronic Technologies served as Chair from 14.8.1991 to 12.5.1993; Community Standards Relevant to the Supply of Services Utilising Electronic Technologies served from 12.5.1993 to 12.5.1993; Community Standards Relevant to the Supply of Services Utilising Electronic Technologies served as Chair from 13.5.1993 to 29.4.1996; Land Fund Bill served from 30.11.1994 to 9.2.1995; Community Standards Relevant to the Supply of Services Utilising Electronic Technologies served from 30.4.1996 to 26.6.1997; Uranium Mining and Milling served from 22.5.1996 to 15.5.1997; Information Technologies served from 23.9.1997 to 30.9.1997; Information Technologies served from 28.1.1998 to 31.8.1998Senate Standing: Parliamentary Library served from 4.5.1983 to 20.2.1985; House served from 26.2.1985 to 5.6.1987; House served from 11.5.1990 to 29.4.1996; Publications served from 11.5.1990 to 30.5.1995; Privileges served as Chair from 1.7.1993 to 9.10.1994; Privileges served from 10.10.1994 to 29.4.1996 Conferences, delegations and visits Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the European Parliamentary Institutions, Strasbourg and Berlin, September-October 1985.Ministerial visits to New Zealand, March 1989.Ministerial visits to Japan, Philippines and Indonesia, January 1990.Member, 84th IPU Conference, Punta del Este, Uruguay, October 1990.Adviser, UN Conference on Human Rights, Vienna, June 1993.Adviser, Australian Delegation, UN Conference on Population and Development, Cairo, September 1994.Member, Official Delegation to 40th CPA Conference, Banff, Canada, and bilateral visit to Mexico, September-October 1994.Adviser, Australian Delegation, UN 4th World Conference on Women, Beijing, September 1995.Parliamentary Adviser, United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), New York, September-December 1997. Parliamentary party positions Chair of the Australian Labor Party Status of Women Caucus Committee from 1995. Party positions Member of the Australian Labor Party State Council (Qld.) from 1981 to 1983.Organiser for the Australian Labor Party North Queensland Branch from 1982 to 1983.Member of the Australian Labor Party Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs National Platform Committee from 1983.Member of the Australian Labor Party Status of Women National Platform Committee, 1983.Member of the Australian Labor Party Foreign Policy National Platform Committee from 1986 to 1987. Other positions Member of the Parliamentary Education Office Advisory Committee.Member of the Aboriginal Reconciliation Council from 1991 to 1996. Personal Born: 19.7.1941, Launceston, AustraliaGender: FemaleMarital Status: Married Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament DipSpEd (James Cook University).BA (University of Queensland).Teacher from 1960 to 1976.Lecturer from 1977 to 1982. Local Government service Councillor, Townsville City Council from 1979 to 1983. Honours Appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia, 26.1.2023. Publications HERstory: Australian Labor women in Federal, State and Territory Parliaments 1925-1994 (co-edited with Jean Willoughby), M. Reynolds, Townsville, Queensland: 1994.The last bastion: Labor women working towards equality in the Parliaments of Australia, M. Reynolds, Business and Professional Publishing, Sydney: 1995.