Speeches Browse all speeches (Hansard) Biography Parliamentary service Elected to the House of Representatives for Melbourne, Victoria, 1993, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2004 and 2007. Retired prior to general elections 2010. Ministerial appointments Minister for Finance and Deregulation from 3.12.07 to 3.9.10. Committee service House of Representatives Standing: Selection from 12.5.93 to 29.1.96; Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 12.5.93 to 29.1.96; Communications, Transport and Microeconomic Reform from 29.5.96 to 31.8.98; Communications, Information Technology and the Arts from 20.3.02 to 31.8.04; Economics, Finance and Public Administration from 2.12.04 to 17.10.07.Joint Statutory: Corporations and Securities from 12.5.93 to 29.1.96; Public Accounts and Audit from 9.8.99 to 11.2.02 and from 2.12.04 to 17.10.07. Conferences, delegations and visits Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the European Institutions and bilateral visit to Spain, September-October 1995.Study tour, Singapore, July 1998; Cyprus, Israel and Lebanon, April 2000; USA, July 2000; UK, July 2002; New Zealand, November 2003; UK, 2005.Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Canada and China, November-December 2002.Official visits to New Zealand, June 2008; UK, France and the Netherlands, July 2008; USA, January 2009. Parliamentary party positions Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 19.3.96 to 22.10.04 and from 24.6.05 to 3.12.07. Shadow Minister for Transport from 20.3.96 to 20.10.98; Shadow Minister for Finance from 20.10.98 to 25.11.01; Shadow Minister for Consumer Affairs from 28.10.98 to 25.11.01; Shadow Minister for Communications from 25.11.01 to 22.10.04; and Shadow Minister for Community Relationships from 29.1.04 to 22.10.04; Shadow Minister for Finance from 24.6.05 to 3.12.07. Party positions Member, ALP Administrative Committee (Vic) 1983-87.Delegate, ALP National Conference 1988, 1990, 1991, 1994 and 1998; Proxy Delegate 1982, 1986, 2001 and 2004.Various ALP branch, committee and campaign positions from 1978. Personal Born 24.4.1956 at Orbost, Vic.Married. Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament BA (Hons), LLB (Hons), MA (Melb).Articled clerk and solicitor 1982-85.Electorate assistant to Senator BC Cooney 1985-87.Assistant Secretary, Federated Clerks' Union (Vic) 1987-88; State Secretary 1988-93. Electorate Description: inner metropolitan.Location: inner Melbourne; it includes the central business district and the suburbs of Abbotsford, Ascot Vale, Carlton, Carlton North, Clifton Hill, Collingwood, East Melbourne, Fitzroy, Fitzroy North, Flemington, Kensington, North Melbourne, Parkville, Richmond and West Melbourne, and parts of Alphington, Brunswick, Brunswick East, Docklands and Fairfield.Area: 53 sq km (approx.).Electors enrolled: 98 449 (at 24.11.07).Industries: heavy and light engineering, extensive manufacturing, commercial and retail activities (including Melbourne markets and central business district), dockyards, clothing and footwear industries, warehousing and distribution of whitegoods.State electorates: Melbourne includes the Victorian Legislative Assembly electorates of Melbourne and Richmond, and parts of Brunswick, Essendon and Northcote. Publications The politics of pollution (with P Russ), Melbourne, Visa Books, 1978.The last battle, Carlton, Vic, Kokkino Press, 1996.Open Australia, Sydney, Pluto Press, 1999.Crowded lives, Sydney, Pluto Press, 2003.