Speeches Browse all speeches (Hansard) Biography Parliamentary service Elected to the House of Representatives for Fairfax, Queensland, 1990. Re-elected 1993, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007 and 2010. Retired prior to general elections 2013. Parliamentary appointments Parliamentary Representative on the Australian Archives Advisory Council from 24.6.1996 to 24.2.2011.Trustee of the Parliamentary Retiring Allowances Trust from 13.2.2008 to 5.8.2013. Parliamentary positions Member, Speaker's Panel from 16.11.04 to 17.10.07 Ministerial appointments Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government from 9.10.1997 to 21.10.1998. Committee service Joint Statutory: Public Accounts from 16.5.1990 to 22.10.1997 (Chair from 30.5.1996 to 22.10.1997); Australian Security Intelligence Organization from 18.6.1996 to 18.11.1997; National Crime Authority from 8.12.1998 to 5.10.2000; Public Accounts and Audit from 8.12.1998 to 16.8.2005; Public Accounts and Audit from 25.10.2010 to 5.8.2013. Joint Standing: Electoral Matters from 8.12.1998 to 29.3.2001; National Capital and External Territories from 8.12.1998 to 11.2.2002; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 24.5.2001 to 31.8.2004; Electoral Matters from 25.10.2010 to 5.8.2013. House of Representatives Standing: Banking, Finance and Public Administration from 12.5.1993 to 29.1.1996; Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 12.5.1993 to 10.5.1994; Privileges from 24.2.1994 to 22.10.1997; House from 29.5.1996 to 22.10.1997; Members' Interests from 29.5.1996 to 23.10.1997 (Chair from 15.10.1996 to 13.2.1997); Procedure from 29.9.1997 to 23.10.1997; Economics, Finance and Public Administration from 8.12.1998 to 17.10.2007; Members' Interests from 8.12.1998 to 8.10.2001 (Chair from 9.12.1998 to 8.10.2001); House from 8.12.1998 to 19.7.2010; Privileges from 8.12.1998 to 17.10.2007 (Chair from 9.12.1998 to 31.8.2004); Industry and Resources from 20.3.2002 to 25.6.2002; Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 6.11.2003 to 31.8.2004; Health and Ageing from 1.12.2004 to 17.10.2007 (Chair from 2.12.2004 to 17.10.2007); Procedure from 11.3.2008 to 19.7.2010; Privileges and Members' Interests from 11.3.2008 to 19.7.2010; Petitions from 30.11.2009 to 10.2.2010. House of Representatives Select: Print Media from 22.8.1991 to 25.3.1992. Conferences, delegations and visits Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Canada and USA, May-June 1992Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the European Institutions, Strasbourg, Belgium and Luxembourg, September-October 1993Joint Public Accounts Committee visit to New Zealand, November 1994Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the 93rd IPU Conference, Madrid, and bilateral visits to Egypt and Israel, March-April 1995Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the 95th IPU Conference, Istanbul, April 1996Member, Official Delegation to the 4th Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum Annual Meeting, Cha'am and bilateral visit to Cambodia, January 1996Attended CPA Regional Seminar, New Zealand and Sydney, September-October 1996Member, Parliamentary Delegation to CPA Mid-year Executive Council, April 1997Member, Parliamentary Delegation to France and Belgium, June-July 1997Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the 101st IPU Conference, Brussels, Belgium and bilateral visit to Norway, April 1999Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the 102nd IPU Conference, Berlin, Germany and bilateral visit to Italy, October 1999Attended IPU Conference of the Asia-Pacific Group, Mongolia, August 1999Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the 103rd IPU Conference, Amman, Jordan and bilateral visit to Tanzania, April-May 2000Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the 104th IPU Conference, Jakarta, Indonesia, and bilateral visit to Vietnam, October 2000Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the 105th IPU Conference, Havana, Cuba, and bilateral visit to Mexico, March-April 2001Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Hungary, October 2006 Parliamentary party positions Secretary to the Shadow Cabinet from 23.5.1992 to 7.4.1993.Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition from 7.4.1993 to 26.5.1994.Opposition Chief Whip in the House of Representatives from 12.2.2008 to 5.8.2013. Party positions Chair, Liberal Party Maroochydore BranchFederal Representative, Liberal Party State Policy and Development Committees (Qld)Chair, Fairfax Federal Electoral CouncilMember, Liberal Party State Council (Qld)Delegate, Liberal Party State Convention (Qld) from 1990Member, Liberal Party State Executive (Qld) 2002 Personal Born 18.1.1946, Budapest, HungaryMarried Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament B.Ec (ANU)Public servantConsultant economistCompany directorSenior Private Secretary to the Hon. AE Adermann, MP Electorate Description: RuralLocation: coastal and inland region north of Brisbane; it includes the centres of Buderim, Coolum Beach, Eumundi, Kenilworth, Mapleton, Maroochydore, Nambour, Palmwoods, Peregian Springs, Woombye and Yandina.Area: 1036 Sq kmElectors enrolled: 89743 (at 21.8.2010)Industries: avocados, ginger, fruit juice, tropical fruits, dairy and beef cattle, tourism, construction, small business and infrastructure industries. Electorate: Fairfax includes the Queensland Legislative Assembly electorate of Buderim, and parts of Glass House, Maroochydore, Nicklin and Noosa.