Bachelor, University Tasmania, Australia, 1979. Bachelor of Laws, University Tasmania, Australia, 1981.
Partner, Abetz, Curtis & Docking, Australia, 1987-1994;
liberal senator for Tasmania, Government of Australia, Hobart, since 1994. Barrister, solicitor Supreme Court of the Tasmania, since 1983, High Court of Australia, since 1986. Commissioner Supreme Court of the Tasmania, 1987-1994.
Legal consultant Abetz & Company in conjunction with Shields Heritage, Australia, since 1994.
State president Tasmanian division Liberal Party of Australia, 1990-1994. Federal president Australian Liberal Student's Federation, 1980-1981. Member Royal Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (honorary legal advisor), Rotary International.
Married Michelle Ann Oates, October 5, 1991. Children: Laura, John, Jeremy.