Speeches Browse all speeches (Hansard) Biography Parliamentary service Elected to the Senate for South Australia 2004 (term began 1.7.2005). Defeated at general elections 2010 (term ended 30.6.2011). Committee service Senate Standing: Publications from 1.7.05 to 30.6.08; Regulations and Ordinances from 1.7.05 to 12.5.10; House from 14.2.08 to 30.6.11.Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts: Legislation and References Committees from 1.7.05 to 11.9.06; Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts from 11.9.06 to 11.2.08; Environment, Communications and the Arts from 12.2.08 to 14.5.09; Environment, Communications and the Arts: Legislation and References Committees from 14.5.09 to 27.9.10; Environment and Communications: Legislation and References Committees from 30.9.10; Education, Employment and Workplace Relations from 12.2.08 to 30.6.08; Education, Employment and Workplace Relations: Legislation Committee from 30.9.10 to 30.6.11.Joint Statutory: Public Works from 1.7.05 to 9.11.05.Joint Standing: Treaties from 1.7.05 to 30.6.11.Joint Select: Cyber-Safety from 16.3.10 to 30.6.11. Conferences, delegations and visits Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Denmark, Sweden and Greece, April 2011. Parliamentary party positions Deputy Government Whip in the Senate from 12.2.08 to 30.6.08. Party positions Delegate, ALP State Convention 1981-82 and 1994-2008.Delegate, ALP State Council 1995-2008.Chair, ALP Affirmative Action Monitoring Committee. Personal Born 1959, Adelaide, SA. Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament BEd (Communication Studies) (SA), DipT (Salisbury CAE).School teacher 1980-87.Education officer 1988-90.Education sections editor and journalist 1991-94.Industrial Officer, Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance 1994-97.Assistant State Secretary (SA and NT), Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance 1997-2001; State Secretary (SA and NT) 2001-05.