Economist Bank New South Wales, 1975—1976. Member Australian Diplomatic Service, 1976-1981. Senior foreign affairs representative South Australia, 1981.
Political advisor to prime minister, 1982-1983. Director Australian Chamber of Commerce, 1983-1984. Liberal member House Representatives for Mayo, Australia, 1984—2008.
Shadow minister for arts, heritage and environment, 1987. Shadow minister for housing, small business and customs, 1988-1989. Shadow minister for trade and trade negotiations, 1990-1992.
Shadow minister for defense, 1992-1993. Federal shadow treasurer, 1993-1994. Shadow minister for foreign affairs, 1995-1996.
Minister foreign affairs, 1996—2007. Special advisor to the secretary-general on Cyprus United Nations, since 2008. Mission to European communities, embassy to Belgium and Luxembourg, 1977-1980.
Leader Liberal Party, 1994-1995.