Speeches First speech Browse all speeches (Hansard) Biography Parliamentary service Elected to the Senate for Tasmania 1990. Re-elected 1996, 2001 and 2007. Resigned 1.6.2012. Parliamentary positions Temporary Chair of Committees from 12.11.1998 to 12.2.2002. Ministerial appointments Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Primary Industries and Energy from 24.3.1993 to 11.3.1996.Minister for Superannuation and Corporate Law from 3.12.2007 to 9.6.2009.Assistant Treasurer from 9.6.2009 to 14.9.2010.Minister for Small Business from 14.9.2010 to 14.12.2011.Minister Assisting the Minister for Tourism from 14.9.2010 to 14.12.2011.Minister Assisting on Deregulation from 14.9.2010 to 26.1.2011.Minister Assisting on Deregulation and Public Sector Superannuation from 26.1.2011 to 14.12.2011. Committee service Senate Standing: Scrutiny of Bills from 24.8.1990 to 18.5.1993; Appropriations and Staffing from 2.5.1996 to 9.11.1998; Senators' Interests from 2.5.1996 to 9.11.1998; Privileges from 3.3.1998 to 11.2.2008; Regulations and Ordinances from 3.3.1998 to 9.11.1998; Parliamentary Library from 24.11.1998 to 1.7.2002; Publications from 24.11.1998 to 9.8.1999; Appropriations and Staffing from 14.5.2008 to 1.6.2012; Privileges from 7.2.2012 to 1.6.2012. Senate Select: Animal Welfare from 24.8.1990 to 3.9.1991; Superannuation from 14.8.1991 to 1.9.1993 (Chair from 21.8.1991 to 30.6.1993); Sales Tax Legislation from 25.6.1992 to 19.8.1992; Functions, Powers and Operation of the Australian Loan Council from 10.10.1992 to 14.12.1993; Certain Aspects of Foreign Ownership Decisions in relation to the Print Media from 14.12.1993 to 30.3.1995; Superannuation from 29.5.1996 to 27.10.1997; Superannuation from 1.3.1998 to 9.11.1998; Socio-Economic Consequences of the National Competition Policy from 8.7.1998 to 9.11.1998; New Tax System from 26.11.1998 to 30.4.1999; Superannuation and Financial Services from 30.9.1999 to 11.2.2002; Superannuation from 19.3.2002 to 10.9.2003; Ministerial Discretion in Migration Matters from 23.6.2003 to 31.3.2004. Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Employment, Education and Training from 24.8.1990 to 18.5.1993; Rural and Regional Affairs from 10.9.1991 to 18.5.1993; Economics: Legislation from 2.5.1996 to 1.6.1997; Finance and Public Administration: References from 2.5.1996 to 31.10.1996; Finance and Public Administration: Legislation from 3.3.1998 to 9.11.1998. Senate Estimates: F from 24.8.1990 to 6.5.1993; D from 2.9.1993 to 2.9.1993. Joint Statutory: Public Accounts and Audit from 28.6.2001 to 11.2.2002; Corporations and Financial Services from 1.7.2005 to 17.10.2007; Corporations and Financial Services from 7.2.2012 to 1.6.2012; Public Accounts and Audit from 7.2.2012 to 1.6.2012. Joint Select: Gambling Reform from 27.2.2012 to 1.6.2012. Conferences, delegations and visits Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Hong Kong, Singapore and Indonesia, January-February 1991.Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to Canada, October 1992.Leader, Official Delegation to Taiwan 1993.Leader, Official Delegation to Hong Kong and China, July 1994.Official visit to Papua New Guinea, February 1995.Attended funeral of the former Greek President, His Excellency Mr Andreas Papandreou, Greece, July 1996.Bilateral visits to Sweden and Estonia, October 1999.Delegate, Global Horizons Pension and Lifetime Savings Conference, Washington DC, May 2002.Official visits to the UK and Ireland, January 2008.Official visits to Spain and UK, May 2008.Official visits to New Zealand, June 2008.Official visits to New Zealand, July 2008.Official visits to the USA, August 2008.Official visits to Vanuatu, October 2008.Official visits to New Zealand, November 2008.Official visits to Singapore and Indonesia, April-May 2009.Official visits to the USA, July 2009.Official visits to New Zealand, August 2009.Official visits to Turkey, October 2009.Official visits to Cook Islands, October 2009.Official visits to Uzbekistan, Qatar, Bahrain and United Arab Emirates, April-May 2010.Official visits to Papua New Guinea, July 2010.Official visits to China, April 2011. Parliamentary party positions Secretary of the Australian Labor Party Living Standards and Economic Development Caucus Committee from 1998.Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate from 19.3.1996 to 7.10.1997.Shadow Minister for Finance and Superannuation from 20.3.1996 to 27.3.1997.Shadow Assistant Treasurer from 27.3.1997 to 26.8.1997.Shadow Minister for Superannuation and Business Regulation from 27.3.1997 to 26.8.1997.Shadow Minister for Finance, Superannuation and Business Regulation from 26.8.1997 to 7.10.1997.Shadow Minister for Retirement Incomes and Savings from 25.11.2001 to 26.10.2004.Shadow Minister for Consumer Affairs from 25.11.2001 to 18.2.2003.Shadow Minister for Finance and Superannuation from 26.10.2004 to 24.6.2005.Shadow Minister for Superannuation and Intergenerational Finance from 24.6.2005 to 3.12.2007.Shadow Minister for Banking and Financial Services from 24.6.2005 to 3.12.2007. Party positions Member of the Australian Labor Party Administrative Committee (Tas.) from 1979 to 1983.Secretary of the Australian Labor Party Lindisfarne Branch from 1983 to 1986.Senior Vice-President of the Australian Labor Party State Branch (Tas.) from 1984 to 1985.President of the Australian Labor Party Lindisfarne Branch from 1987 to 1990.Member of the Australian Labor Party Administrative Committee (Tas.) from 1989 to 1990.Secretary of the Australian Labor Party Rules Committee (Tas.) from 1989 to 1990.Member of the Australian Labor Party Administrative Committee (Tas.) from 1991 to 1993.Senior Vice-President of the Australian Labor Party State Branch (Tas.), 1993.Member of the Australian Labor Party National Executive from 1995 to 1997.Member of the Australian Labor Party Administrative Committee (Tas.) from 1996 to 2002. Personal Born 19.11.1955, Kingston-on-Thames, EnglandMarried Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament BA (University of Tasmania).Secretary of the University Union (Tas.) from 1976 to 1979.Cashier and night auditor at Wrest Point Hotel Casino from 1976 to 1979.Secretary of the Federated Liquor and Allied Industries Union (Tas.) from 1979 to 1990.Negotiator for the Federated Liquor and Allied Industries Union (Tas.) from 1979 to 1990.Board Member of the College of Hospitality from 1980 to 1990.Councillor and Trustee of the Federated Liquor and Allied Industries Union (Tas.) from 1981 to 1990.Executive for the Trades and Labour Council (Tas.) from 1985 to 1990.Member of the Hospitality Group Training Board from 1985 to 1990.Trustee of the Host-Plus Superannuation Fund from 1986 to 1990.Manager, Trustee and Company Secretary of the Club-Plus Superannuation Fund (Tas.) from 1987 to 1992.Member of the Employment and Skills Formation Council Board from 1988 to 1990.President of the Trades and Labour Council (Tas.) from 1988 to 1990.