Speeches First speech Browse all speeches (Hansard) Biography Parliamentary service Elected to the Senate for Tasmania 2004 (term began 1.7.2005) 2010 and 2016. Resigned 2.11.17. Parliamentary positions Temporary Chair of Committees from 26.6.08 to 15.6.09.Deputy President of the Senate from 4.7.11 to 7.7.14.Chairman of Committees from 4.7.11 to 7.7.14.President of the Senate from 7.7.14 to 13.11.17. Committee service Senate Standing: Selection of Bills from 12.9.06 to 4.7.11; Scrutiny of Bills from 23.3.07 to 11.2.08; Appropriations and Staffing from 9.5.07 to 1.7.14 and from 14.11.14 to 9.5.16 (Chair from 14.11.13 to 9.5.16); House from 9.5.07 to 9.5.16; Procedure from 20.6.07 to 9.5.16 and from 1.9.16; Senators' Interests from 4.2.09 to 12.5.09; Publications from 12.3.09 to 11.11.13; Appropriations, Staffing and Security from 1.9.16 (Chair from 1.9.16).Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts from 11.9.06 to 12.2.07; Environment, Communications and the Arts from 12.2.08 to 24.11.08; Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 8.2.07 to 11.2.08; Legal and Constitutional Affairs: Legislation and References Committees from 11.3.10 to 1.7.11; Finance and Public Administration from 24.11.08 to 14.5.09; Finance and Public Administration: References Committee from 14.5.09 to 11.3.10.Senate Select: Men's Health from 25.11.08 to 4.12.08; Cyber-Safety from 27.6.13 to 30.8.13.Joint Statutory: Public Works from 11.8.05 to 17.10.07; Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity from 23.3.07 to 1.7.14; Australian Crime Commission from 9.5.07 to 25.11.10; Law Enforcement from 25.11.10 to 1.7.14; Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings from 9.5.07 to 11.3.08 and from 25.9.08 to 1.7.14.Joint Standing: Migration from 1.7.05 to 17.10.07; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 1.7.11 to 1.7.14; National Capital and External Territories from 4.7.11 to 7.7.14.Joint Select: Cyber-Safety from 1.7.11 to 24.6.13. Parliamentary party positions Deputy Government Whip in the Senate from 11.9.06 to 21.4.07.Chief Government Whip in the Senate from 21.4.07 to 3.12.07.Chief Opposition Whip in the Senate from 3.12.07 to 4.7.11.Manager of Opposition Business in the Senate from 16.2.09 to 19.7.10. Party positions Member, Liberal Party from 1980.President, Liberal Party Cradle Coast Branch 1999-2005.Chair, Liberal Party Braddon Federal Electorate 2000-02.Member, Liberal Party State Executive (Tas) 2000-02.Federal Delegate, Liberal Party 2004-05. Personal Born 31.10.1960, Burnie, Tas.Married. Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament Graduation Certificate, Tasmania Police Academy.Certificate in Mortuary Science, Australian College of Funeral Service.Master Funeral Director, Australian College of Funeral Service.Police officer 1977-86; Detective 1983-86.Funeral director 1986-2004; Embalmer 1995-2004.Member, Rotary Club of Ulverstone West from 1987; President 1992-93.Member, Surf Lifesaving Australia; Chief Instructor, Burnie 1981-83; Club Captain, Ulverstone 1991-93National President, Australian Funeral Directors Association 2001-03.National Chairman, Australian College of Funeral Service 1999-2000.National Deputy Chairman, Australian Institute of Embalming 1996-97.President, Burnie Chamber of Commerce and Industry 2000-04.Director, Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry 2000-04.