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 Senate Standing: Selection of Bills from 12.9.2006 to 4.7.2011; Scrutiny of Bills from 23.3.2007 to 11.2.2008; Appropriations and Staffing from 9.5.2007 to 1.7.2014; House from 9.5.2007 to 9.5.2016; Procedure from 20.6.2007 to 9.5.2016; Senators' Interests from 4.2.2009 to 12.5.2009; Publications from 12.3.2009 to 11.11.2013; Appropriations and Staffing from 14.11.2014 to 9.5.2016 (Chair from 14.11.2014 to 9.5.2016); Appropriations, Staffing and Security from 1.9.2016 to 2.11.2017 (Chair from 1.9.2016 to 2.11.2017); Procedure from 1.9.2016 to 2.11.2017. Senate Select: Men's Health from 25.11.2008 to 4.12.2008; Cyber-Safety from 27.6.2013 to 30.8.2013. Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts from 11.9.2006 to 12.2.2007; Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 8.2.2007 to 11.2.2008; Environment, Communications and the Arts from 12.2.2008 to 24.11.2008; Finance and Public Administration from 24.11.2008 to 14.5.2009; Finance and Public Administration: References from 14.5.2009 to 11.3.2010; Legal and Constitutional Affairs: References from 11.3.2010 to 1.7.2011; Legal and Constitutional Affairs: Legislation from 11.3.2010 to 1.7.2011. Joint Statutory: Public Works from 11.8.2005 to 17.10.2007; Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity from 23.3.2007 to 1.7.2014; Law Enforcement (formerly National Crime Authority from 15.6.1984 to 1.1.2003 and Australian Crime Commission from 1.1.2003 to 24.11.2010) from 9.5.2007 to 1.7.2014; Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings (formerly Broadcasting) from 9.5.2007 to 11.3.2008; Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings (formerly Broadcasting) from 25.9.2008 to 1.7.2014. Joint Standing: Migration from 1.7.2005 to 17.10.2007; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 1.7.2011 to 1.7.2014; National Capital and External Territories from 4.7.2011 to 7.7.2014. Joint Select: Cyber-Safety from 1.7.2011 to 24.6.2013. 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.Opposition Chief 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, AustraliaMarried Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament Qualification as Master Funeral Director.Certificate in Mortuary Science.Graduate.Police officer 1977-86.Member, Surf Lifesaving Australia; Chief Instructor, Burnie 1981-83.Detective 1983-86.Funeral director 1986-2004.Member, Rotary Club of Ulverstone West from 1987.Club Captain, Surf Lifesaving Australia; Ulverstone 1991-93.President, Rotary Club of Ulverstone West from 1992-93.Embalmer 1995-2004.National Deputy Chairman, Australian Institute of Embalming 1996-97.National Chairman, Australian College of Funeral Service 1999-2000.President, Burnie Chamber of Commerce and Industry 2000-04.Director, Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry 2000-04.National President, Australian Funeral Directors Association 2001-03.