- Parliamentary service
- Elected to the House of Representatives for Lilley, Queensland, 1993. Defeated at general elections 1996. Re-elected 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016.
- Ministerial appointments
- Treasurer from 3.12.07 to 27.6.13.
- Deputy Prime Minister from 24.6.10 to 27.6.13.
- Committee service
- House of Representatives Standing: Transport, Communications and Infrastructure from 12.5.93 to 29.1.96; Privileges and Members' Interests from 10.10.16.
- Joint: Electoral Matters from 26.5.93 to 29.1.96.
- Parliamentary party positions
- Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 19.10.98 to 1.12.00 and from 17.2.01 to 3.12.07. Shadow Minister for Family and Community Services from 20.10.98 to 1.12.00 and from 17.2.01 to 26.10.04; Shadow Treasurer from 26.10.04 to 3.12.07.
- Manager of Opposition Business in the House from 12.2.02 to 16.6.03.
- Deputy Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party from 24.6.10 to 26.6.13.
- Party positions
- Campaign Director, ALP (Qld) 1988-93.
- State Secretary, ALP (Qld) 1991-93.
- Born 30.6.1954 at Nambour, Qld.
- Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
- BA(Hons) (Qld).
- Lecturer, Queensland Institute of Technology 1976-77, 1981-82 and 1985-88.
- Policy analyst, Office of Youth Affairs 1978.
- Adviser to the Leader of the Opposition, the Hon. WG Hayden, MP 1978-80; Special Ministers of State, the Hon. MJ Young, MP and the Hon. KC Beazley, MP 1983; and the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon. WG Hayden, MP 1984.
- Party official (see Party positions above).
- Adviser 1996-98.
Description: inner metropolitan.
Location: north-eastern Brisbane; it includes the suburbs of Banyo, Boondall, Brighton, Chermside, Chermside West, Deagon, Eagle Farm, Geebung, Kedron, McDowall, Northgate, Nudgee, Nudgee Beach, Nundah, Pinkenba, Sandgate, Shorncliffe, Stafford Heights, Taigum, Virginia, Wavell Heights, Zillmere and parts of Aspley, Bridgeman Downs, Eagle Farm, Everton Park and Stafford.
Area: 147 sq km.
Electors enrolled: 106 969 (at 2.7.16).
Industries: domestic and international airports, light and heavy engineering, sea-cargo facilities, chemical production, warehousing (civilian and military), oil refining and storage.
State electorates: Lilley includes the Queensland Legislative Assembly electorate of Nudgee, and parts of Aspley, Clayfield, Everton, Sandgate and Stafford.
- Postcode: the splintering of a nation, North Melbourne: Pluto Press Australia, 2005.