Speeches First speech Browse all speeches (Hansard) Biography Parliamentary service Elected to the Senate for New South Wales 2004. Re-elected 2010 and 2016. Election ruled void 27.10.2017 under section 44 of the Constitution; ruled ineligible from 2.7.2016. Ministerial appointments Assistant Minister for Health from 18.9.2013 to 21.9.2015.Minister for Rural Health from 21.9.2015 to 19.7.2016.Minister for Regional Development from 18.2.2016 to 27.10.2017.Minister for Regional Communications from 18.2.2016 to 27.10.2017.Cabinet Minister from 18.2.2016 to 27.10.2017.Minister for Local Government and Territories from 19.7.2016 to 27.10.2017. Committee service Joint Standing: Parliamentary Library served from 2.3.2006 to 17.10.2007Joint Statutory: Public Accounts and Audit served from 16.8.2005 to 23.3.2007; Intelligence and Security served from 9.5.2006 to 17.10.2007; Intelligence and Security served from 12.3.2008 to 5.12.2008; Law Enforcement served from 16.3.2012 to 18.3.2012; Law Enforcement served as Deputy Chair from 19.3.2012 to 5.8.2013Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: References served from 16.8.2005 to 6.9.2005; Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: References served from 16.8.2005 to 10.9.2006; Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: Legislation served from 9.2.2006 to 10.9.2006; Community Affairs: Legislation served as Substitute member from 29.5.2006 to 29.5.2006; Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport served from 11.9.2006 to 24.9.2008; Environment, Communications and the Arts served as Substitute member from 1.12.2008 to 30.4.2009; Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport served from 12.3.2009 to 13.5.2009; Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: References served as Chair from 14.5.2009 to 27.9.2010; Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: Legislation served from 14.5.2009 to 11.11.2013; Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: References served from 28.9.2010 to 11.11.2013; Community Affairs: References served as Substitute member from 11.5.2012 to 11.5.2012Senate Select: Agricultural and Related Industries served from 14.2.2008 to 23.8.2010; National Broadband Network served from 26.6.2008 to 17.6.2010Senate Standing: Publications served from 16.8.2005 to 11.2.2008; Senators' Interests served from 16.8.2005 to 11.2.2008; Selection of Bills served from 6.2.2007 to 22.9.2008; Procedure served from 16.8.2007 to 11.2.2008; Appropriations and Staffing served from 14.2.2008 to 12.3.2009 Parliamentary party positions The Nationals Party Whip in the Senate from 6.2.2007 to 22.9.2008.Deputy Leader of The Nationals in the Senate from 27.6.2008 to 27.10.2017.Deputy Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Nationals from 11.2.2016 to 27.10.2017.Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Water Resources and Conservation from 22.9.2008 to 1.12.2008.Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Education from 14.9.2010 to 18.9.2013. Party positions Member of the Nationals Central Council (NSW) from 1997.Chair of the Nationals Lachlan State Electorate Council from 1997 to 2002.Member of the Nationals Central Executive (NSW) from 1999 to 2005.Delegate to the Nationals Federal Council from 2002.Delegate to the Nationals Women's Federal Council from 2002 to 2005.Treasurer of the Nationals Women's Federal Council, 2003.Member of the Nationals Central Council Campaign Committee (NSW) from 2003. Personal Born 6.5.1965, Sydney, AustraliaMarried Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament BA(LibSt) (Mitchell College of Advanced Education).Farming partner from 1991.Ministerial staffer from 1999 to 2004.