Beenleigh, Queensland , Australia
|| July 21, 1959
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Elected to the Senate for Queensland 1998 (term began 1.7.1999) and 2004.
Minister for Human Services from 3.12.07.
Senate Standing: Publications from 9.8.99 to 4.10.00; Regulations and Ordinances from 9.8.99 to 1.7.02; Selection of Bills from 17.8.00 to 11.2.02 and from 1.7.02; Procedure from 13.2.02 to 15.11.04 and from 7.9.05 to 11.12.05; Library from 1.7.02 to 15.11.04.
Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Legal and Constitutional: References Committee from 9.8.99 to 1.7.02, from 4.12.03 to 1.3.04 and from 1.7.05 to 11.9.06 and Legislation Committee from 1.7.02 to 11.5.05; Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 11.9.06; Finance and Public Administration: References Committee from 1.3.04 to 15.11.04.
Senate Select: Ministerial Discretion in Migration Matters from 23.6.03 to 31.3.04.
Joint Statutory: Australian Crime Commission from 1.7.05 to 27.3.07.
Joint Standing: Treaties from 9.8.99 to 1.7.02.
Conferences, delegations and visits
Member, Joint Standing Committee on Treaties visit to New Zealand, March 2000.
Official visit to USA, February 2004.
Parliamentary party positions
Deputy Opposition Whip in the Senate from 17.8.00 to 22.11.01.
Manager of Opposition Business in the Senate from 25.11.01 to 3.12.07.
Manager of Government Business in the Senate from 3.12.07.
Parliamentary Secretary to the Shadow Attorney-General from 25.11.01; and Parliamentary Secretary to the Shadow Minister for Homeland Security from 8.12.03 to 26.10.04.
Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 22.10.04 to 3.12.07. Shadow Minister for Justice and Customs from 26.10.04 to 9.3.07; Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs from 26.10.04 to 24.6.05; Shadow Attorney-General from 9.3.07 to 3.12.07.
Member, ALP from 1978.
Convener, ALP Economic and Industrial Relations Committee 1993-96; Convener, Employment, Training and Industrial Relations Committee 1996-99.
Member, ALP Rules Committee 1998-2005.
Born 21.7.1959, Longreach, Qld.
Qualifications and occupation before entering federal Parliament
BA (Qld), LLB (Qld University of Technology).
Management and Industrial Relations Certificate (Kangaroo Point TAFE).
Cadet Industrial Inspector 1978-80; Assistant Industrial Inspector 1980-82; Industrial Inspector 1982-88.
Training consultant 1988.
Industrial Advocate, Australian Workers' Union (Qld) 1988-93; Senior Industrial Advocate 1993-99.
Justice of the Peace from 1997.
49 Royal Queensland Regiment (Reserve).
2nd Lieutenant 5/11 Field Regiment Royal Australian Artillery (Reserve).
Queensland University Regiment (Reserve).