Graduated from high school, 1973.
Alderman, deputy mayor Greater Taree City Council, 1985. Member of Parliament, Lyne House of Representatives, New South Wales, Australia, 1993—2008, national party whip Australia, 1995-1997. Minister Department Transportation & Regional Development, Australia, 1997-1998, Department Agricultural, Forests & Fisheries, Australia, 1998-2000, Department Trade, Australia, 1999—2006, Department Transport, 2006—2007.
Deputy prime minister Australia, 2005—2007. Member joint statutory committee of public accountants, House of Representatives, standing committee on selection, privileges, and communications, transport and microecon. reform, 1996-1997.
Chairman Wingham branch National Party, 1982, secretary Lyne electorate council, 1984, campaign director for Bruce Cowan, deputy leader, 1999-2005, leader, 2005-2007. Chairman Manning Valley Tourist Association, Wingham Chamber of Commerce, 1985.
Married Wendy, 1976; 3 children.