Party affiliation: Australian Labor Party
Consultant and Member, ACT Consumer Affairs Council, 1974-1979. Member, Legal Aid Commission, 1976-1979. Member, ACT Legislative Assembly.
Elected for Canberra, since 1980. Chairman, Joint Committee on the ACT. Member, Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee.
Parliamentary Expenditure Committee. Secretary, Federal Labor Party Parliamentary Caucus, 1981-1987. Minister for Defence and Personnel, 1987-1989.
Minister for Telecommunications and Aviation Support 1989-1990. Minister for Arts, Sport, the Environment, Tourism and Territories, since 1990. Professional career: teacher, 1969-1974.