Speeches First speech Browse all speeches (Hansard) Biography Parliamentary service Elected to the House of Representatives for Ballarat, Victoria, 1990. Re-elected 1993, 1996, 1998. Retired prior to general elections 2001. Elected to the Senate for Victoria 2004. Re-elected 2010. Resigned 28.2.2016. Ministerial appointments Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Transport and Regional Development from 14.10.1996 to 21.10.1998.Minister for Veterans' Affairs from 18.9.2013 to 21.9.2015.Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC from 18.9.2013 to 21.9.2015.Special Minister of State from 18.9.2013 to 21.9.2015. Committee service House of Representatives Standing: Parliamentary Library served from 16.5.1990 to 29.1.1996; Legal and Constitutional Affairs served from 7.3.1991 to 8.2.1993; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs served from 14.9.1992 to 8.2.1993; Employment, Education and Training served from 29.6.1994 to 29.1.1996; Primary Industries, Resources and Rural and Regional Affairs served as Chair from 29.5.1996 to 16.10.1996; Members' Interests served from 29.5.1996 to 14.10.1996; Primary Industries, Resources and Rural and Regional Affairs served from 17.10.1996 to 14.12.1996; Selection served from 10.11.1998 to 8.10.2001; Legal and Constitutional Affairs served from 9.12.1998 to 17.2.2000; Employment, Education and Workplace Relations served from 7.2.2001 to 29.3.2001Joint Standing: Electoral Matters served from 20.3.2008 to 24.6.2009Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts: Legislation served from 1.7.2005 to 10.9.2006; Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts: References served from 1.7.2005 to 10.9.2006; Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts served from 11.9.2006 to 9.5.2007; Economics served from 8.2.2007 to 8.2.2007; Economics served as Chair from 9.2.2007 to 11.2.2008; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: Legislation served from 12.10.2015 to 4.2.2016; Environment and Communications: Legislation served from 12.10.2015 to 4.2.2016Senate Standing: Privileges served from 1.7.2005 to 11.2.2008; Regulations and Ordinances served from 13.2.2008 to 16.3.2012; Privileges served from 12.10.2015 to 4.2.2016 Parliamentary party positions Liberal Party of Australia. Served: 24.03.1990 to 08.10.2001, 01.07.2005 to 28.02.2016Shadow Minister for Youth, Sport and Recreation from 7.4.1993 to 26.5.1994.Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition from 26.5.1994 to 25.9.1994.Shadow Minister for Schools, Vocational Education and Training from 26.10.1994 to 11.3.1996.Shadow Special Minister of State from 6.12.2007 to 14.9.2010.Secretary to the Shadow Cabinet from 22.9.2008 to 8.12.2009.Shadow Cabinet Minister from 22.9.2008 to 8.12.2009.Shadow Minister for Scrutiny of Government Waste from 8.12.2009 to 14.9.2010.Shadow Minister for Veterans' Affairs from 14.9.2010 to 18.9.2013.Shadow Minister Assisting the Leader of the Opposition on the Centenary of ANZAC from 3.3.2011 to 18.9.2013.Government Chief Whip in the House of Representatives from 18.10.1998 to 8.10.2001. Party positions Officeholder of the Liberal Party Newington Branch (Vic.).Member of the Liberal Party from 1981.Member of the Liberal Party Administrative Committee (Vic.) from 2001 to 2004. Personal Born: 13.2.1954, Ballarat, AustraliaGender: MaleMarital Status: Married Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament LLB (University of Melbourne). Local Government service Councillor, Ballarat City Council from 1981 to 1987.