Nationals Leader: Legislative Council
Minister: Higher Education and Skills
Minister: responsible for the Teaching Profession
The Member for Eastern Victoria Region (formerly Gippsland Province) since 1988, Peter was born in Castlemaine and educated locally, attending the Castlemaine High School where he was Head Prefect in 1969.
Before his election to Parliament, Peter was a secondary school teacher in Traralgon. Peter was Deputy President of the Legislative Council and Chairman of Committees from May 1996 until October 1999. After the 1999 State Election, Peter was elected to the position of Deputy Leader of the National Party in the Legislative Council.
Peter was appointed to the newly reformed Coalition Shadow Ministry in 2008 and has the portfolios of Skills & Workplace Participation and Tertiary Education & Training.
On election to Government in November 2010, Peter was appointed Minister for Higher Education and Skills and Minister responsible for the Teaching Profession.