Speeches First speech Browse all speeches (Hansard) Biography Parliamentary service Elected to the Senate for Tasmania 2004. Re-elected 2010 and 2016. Resigned 2.11.2017. Parliamentary positions Temporary Chair of Committees from 26.6.2008 to 15.6.2009.Deputy President of the Senate from 4.7.2011 to 7.7.2014.Chairman of Committees from 4.7.2011 to 7.7.2014.President of the Senate from 7.7.2014 to 9.5.2016.President of the Senate from 30.8.2016 to 13.11.2017. Committee service Joint Select: Cyber-Safety served from 1.7.2011 to 24.6.2013Joint Standing: Migration served from 1.7.2005 to 17.10.2007; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade served from 1.7.2011 to 1.7.2014; National Capital and External Territories served from 4.7.2011 to 7.7.2014Joint Statutory: Public Works served from 11.8.2005 to 17.10.2007; Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity served from 23.3.2007 to 1.7.2014; Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings served from 9.5.2007 to 11.3.2008; Australian Crime Commission served from 9.5.2007 to 25.11.2010; Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings served from 25.9.2008 to 1.7.2014; Law Enforcement served from 25.11.2010 to 5.8.2013; Intelligence and Security served from 13.11.2013 to 9.5.2016; Law Enforcement served from 2.12.2013 to 1.7.2014; Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings served from 7.7.2014 to 9.5.2016Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Legal and Constitutional Affairs: References served as Substitute member from 14.9.2005 to 6.10.2005; Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts served from 11.9.2006 to 12.2.2007; Economics served as Substitute member from 13.10.2006 to 13.10.2006; Legal and Constitutional Affairs served from 8.2.2007 to 11.2.2008; Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts served as Substitute member from 19.2.2007 to 23.2.2007; Environment, Communications and the Arts served from 12.2.2008 to 24.11.2008; Finance and Public Administration served from 24.11.2008 to 13.5.2009; Finance and Public Administration: References served from 14.5.2009 to 11.3.2010; Legal and Constitutional Affairs: Legislation served from 11.3.2010 to 1.7.2011; Legal and Constitutional Affairs: References served from 11.3.2010 to 18.8.2011Senate Select: Men's Health served from 25.11.2008 to 4.12.2008; Cyber-Safety served from 28.6.2013 to 30.8.2013Senate Standing: Selection of Bills served from 12.9.2006 to 20.4.2007; Scrutiny of Bills served from 23.3.2007 to 11.2.2008; Selection of Bills served as Chair from 21.4.2007 to 11.2.2008; House served from 9.5.2007 to 11.11.2013; Appropriations and Staffing served from 9.5.2007 to 11.11.2013; Procedure served from 20.6.2007 to 11.11.2013; Selection of Bills served from 12.2.2008 to 4.7.2011; Publications served from 12.3.2008 to 11.11.2013; Senators' Interests served from 4.2.2009 to 12.5.2009; Procedure served as Chair from 12.11.2013 to 6.7.2014; Appropriations, Staffing and Security served from 13.11.2013 to 1.7.2014; Appropriations, Staffing and Security served as Chair from 7.7.2014 to 9.5.2016; Procedure served from 7.7.2014 to 9.5.2016; House served as Chair from 7.7.2014 to 9.5.2016; Appropriations, Staffing and Security served as Chair from 1.9.2016 to 2.11.2017; Procedure served from 1.9.2016 to 2.11.2017 Parliamentary party positions Government Deputy Whip in the Senate from 11.9.2006 to 21.4.2007.Government Chief Whip in the Senate from 21.4.2007 to 3.12.2007.Chief Opposition Whip in the Senate from 3.12.2007 to 4.7.2011.Manager of Opposition Business in the Senate from 16.2.2009 to 19.7.2010. Party positions Member of the Liberal Party from 1980.President of the Liberal Party Cradle Coast Branch from 1999 to 2005.Chair of the Liberal Party Braddon Federal Electorate Council from 2000 to 2002.Member of the Liberal Party State Executive (Tas.) from 2000 to 2002. Personal Born: 31.10.1960, Burnie, AustraliaGender: MaleMarital Status: Married Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament Qualification as Master Funeral Director.Certificate in Mortuary Science.Graduate.Police officer from 1977 to 1986.Member and Chief Instructor at Surf Lifesaving Australia, Burnie (Tas.) from 1981 to 1983.Detective from 1983 to 1986.Funeral director from 1986 to 2004.Member of Rotary Club, Ulverstone West (Tas.) from 1987.Club Captain at Surf Lifesaving Australia, Ulverstone (Tas.) from 1991 to 1993.President of Rotary Club, Ulverstone West from 1992 to 1993.Embalmer from 1995 to 2004.Deputy Chairman of the Australian Institute of Embalming from 1996 to 1997.Chairman of the Australian College of Funeral Service from 1999 to 2000.President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Burnie (Tas.) from 2000 to 2004.Director of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Tas.) from 2000 to 2004.President of the Australian Funeral Directors Association from 2001 to 2003.