Senator for Victoria - Liberal Party of Australia
Elected to the Senate for Victoria 1990 (term began 1.7.90), 1996 and 2002.
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Social Security from 11.3.96 to 14.10.96.
Assistant Treasurer from 14.10.96 to 23.11.01.
Minister for the Arts and Sport from 23.11.01.
The Minister has portfolio responsibility for policy matters relating to the arts and sport. Portfolio agencies include national cultural institutions, film funding and training organisations and the Australian Sports Commission, the Australian Institute of Sport, the Australian Sports Drug Agency and the Australian Sports Drug Testing Laboratory.
Parliamentary Party Positions
Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition from 28.4.92 to 7.4.93; Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate from 7.4.93 to 26.5.94; Shadow Minister for Administrative Services from 26.5.94 to 11.3.96; the Australian Capital Territory from 26.5.94 to 11.3.96; Public Administration from 25.9.94 to 10.3.95; the Environment from 10.3.95 to 11.3.96. Manager, Government Business in the Senate from 17.3.96 to 6.11.96.
Born 21 December 1944 at Melbourne, Victoria. Married.
Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament
Senior Private Secretary to the Minister for Social Security and Minister for Finance, Dame Margaret Guilfoyle 1977-82.
Director, Institute of Public Affairs 1982-89.
Editor-in-Chief, IPA Review 1982-89.