Speeches First speech Browse all speeches (Hansard) Biography Parliamentary service Elected to the House of Representatives for Ballarat, Victoria, 1990, 1993, 1996 and 1998. Retired prior to general elections 2001.Elected to the Senate for Victoria 2004 (term began 1.7.2005) and 2010. Resigned 28.2.16. Ministerial appointments Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Transport and Regional Development from 14.10.96 to 21.10.98.Minister for Veterans' Affairs from 18.9.13 to 21.9.15.Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC from 18.9.13 to 21.9.15.Special Minister of State from 18.9.13 to 21.9.15. Committee service Senate Standing: Privileges from 1.7.05 to 11.2.08 and from 12.10.15 to 4.2.16; Regulations and Ordinances from 13.2.08 to 16.3.12; Environment and Communications: Legislation Committee from 12.10.15 to 4.2.16; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: Legislation Committee from 12.10.15 to 4.2.16.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 9.5.07; Economics from 8.2.07 (Chair from 8.2.07) to 11.2.08. House of Representatives Standing: Library from 16.5.90 to 29.1.96; Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 7.3.91 to 8.2.93 and from 9.12.98 to 17.2.00; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs from 14.9.92 to 8.2.93; Employment, Education and Training from 29.6.94 to 29.1.96; Primary Industries, Resources and Rural and Regional Affairs from 29.5.96 (Chair from 30.5.96) to 12.12.96; Members' Interests from 29.5.96 to 14.10.96; Selection from 23.11.98 to 8.10.01; Employment, Education and Workplace Relations from 7.2.01 to 29.3.01.Joint Standing: Electoral Matters from 20.3.08 to 24.6.09. Parliamentary party positions Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 7.4.93 to 11.3.96 and from 6.12.07 to 18.9.13. Shadow Minister for Youth, Sport and Recreation from 7.4.93 to 26.5.94; Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition from 26.5.94 to 26.10.94; Shadow Minister for Schools, Vocational Education and Training from 26.10.94 to 11.3.96; Shadow Cabinet Secretary from 6.12.07 to 8.12.09; Shadow Special Minister of State from 6.12.07 to 14.9.10; and Scrutiny of Government Waste from 8.12.09 to 14.9.10; Shadow Minister for Veterans' Affairs from 14.9.10 to 18.9.13; Shadow Minister Assisting the Leader of the Opposition on the Centenary of ANZAC from 3.3.11 to 18.9.13.Chief Government Whip in the House of Representatives from 18.10.98 to 8.10.01. Party positions Member, Liberal Party from 1981.Member, Liberal Party Administrative Committee (Vic) 2001-2004.Various branch positions including President and Vice-President, Liberal Party Newington Branch. Personal Born 13.2.1954 at Ballarat, Vic.Married. Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament LLB (Melb).Barrister and solicitor. Local government service Councillor, Ballarat City Council 1981-87.