Speeches First speech Browse all speeches (Hansard) Biography Parliamentary service Elected to the Senate for Queensland 1983. Re-elected 1984, 1987, 1990, 1996, 2001 and 2007. Retired with the expiration of term 2014. Parliamentary appointments Member of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies Council from 19.9.1989 to 5.3.1990. Ministerial appointments Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Transport and Regional Services from 20.7.1999 to 7.10.2003. Committee service Senate Standing: Appropriations and Staffing from 2.5.1996 to 11.2.2008; Parliamentary Library from 2.5.1996 to 1.7.2002; Regulations and Ordinances from 13.11.2013 to 30.6.2014. Senate Select: Administration of Aboriginal Affairs from 2.6.1988 to 28.2.1989; Free Trade Agreement - Australia and the United States of America from 12.2.2004 to 5.8.2004; Climate Policy from 17.3.2009 to 15.6.2009. Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: National Resources from 21.4.1983 to 5.6.1987; Foreign Affairs and Defence from 1.7.1985 to 5.6.1987; Transport, Communications and Infrastructure from 24.9.1987 to 11.9.1990; Industry, Science and Technology from 17.9.1990 to 18.5.1993; Environment, Communications and the Arts from 15.10.2008 to 14.5.2009; Environment, Communications and the Arts: References from 14.5.2009 to 27.9.2010; Environment and Communications: References from 30.9.2010 to 11.9.2012; Environment and Communications: References from 20.9.2012 to 11.11.2013; Education, Employment and Workplace Relations: References from 20.9.2012 to 30.6.2014; Community Affairs: Legislation from 1.11.2012 to 22.11.2012; Community Affairs: References from 22.11.2012 to 30.6.2014; Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: Legislation from 13.11.2013 to 3.3.2014. Senate Estimates: C from 4.5.1983 to 5.6.1987; D from 6.9.1989 to 24.8.1990. Joint Statutory: Australian Security Intelligence Organization from 30.6.1999 to 11.5.2000. Joint Standing: Electoral Matters from 30.6.1999 to 7.9.2000; Parliamentary Library from 13.11.2013 to 30.6.2014 (Chair from 11.12.2013 to 30.6.2014). Joint Select: Retailing Sector from 10.12.1998 to 30.8.1999; Republic Referendum from 21.6.1999 to 9.8.1999. Conferences, delegations and visits Delegate, 27th South Pacific Conference, Noumea, October 1987.Parliamentary Delegate to the Australian Constitutional Convention, Canberra, February 1998.Official visits to Taiwan, November 1999.Official visits to Taiwan, November 2001.Official visits to New Zealand, August 2002.Official visits to USA, October-November 2002.Official visits to Taiwan, October 2003. Parliamentary party positions National Party Spokesman on Small Business from 30.4.1987 to 6.8.1987.Leader of the National Party in the Senate from 10.4.1990 to 11.10.2003.Leader of the Nationals in the Senate from 11.10.2003 to 3.12.2007.Deputy Leader of The Nationals in the Senate from 3.12.2007 to 27.6.2008.Shadow Minister for Regional Development and External Territories from 16.9.1988 to 11.4.1990.Shadow Minister for Northern Australia and External Territories from 7.4.1993 to 26.5.1994.Shadow Minister for Consumer Affairs from 26.5.1994 to 9.12.1994. Party positions Chair of the National Party Wynnum Branch, 1974.Vice President of the National Party Metropolitan Zone from 1976 to 1983.Member of the National Party State Management Committee (Qld.) from 1976 to 1983.Central Councillor of the National Party from 1976. Personal Born 9.12.1940, Perth, AustraliaMarried Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament Manufacturer's agent.