Sen. Lucy Gichuhi (SA-Ind) – Maiden Speech

This is Senator Lucy Gichuhi’s first speech to the Senate.

Gichuhi

Gichuhi, 54, was declared elected as a South Australian senator on April 19, 2017. She replaced Senator Bob Day, who resigned in 2016 but whose election was also declared invalid under Section 44 of the Constitution. Gichuhi had been the number two candidate on the Family First ticket at the 2017 election. She was elected following a court-ordered countback of votes. She has chosen to sit as an independent.

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Hansard transcript of Senator Lucy Gichuhi’s maiden speech.

The PRESIDENT (17:15): Pursuant to order, I now call Senator Gichuhi to make her first speech and ask that honourable senators extend the usual courtesies for a first speech. Senator, can I apologise for the delay in commencement, but at least we have everyone in the chamber for you.

Senator GICHUHI (South Australia) (17:16): Today, I, Lucy Muringo Gichuhi, happily stand before you as the first black African-born senator in the history of Australia. I am deeply honoured to be given the privilege of serving the people of Australia as a senator. To all Australians, I say thank you. It is with this sentiment that I honour those who came before me, faithfully leading Australia to build the outstanding nation we see today. [Read more…]


Sen. Kimberley Kitching (ALP-Vic) – Maiden Speech

Senator Kimberley Kitching has delivered her maiden speech to the Senate.

Kitching

Kitching, an ALP senator from Victoria, filled a casual vacancy caused by the resignation of Senator Stephen Conroy. The preferred candidate of Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, Kitching’s preselection was controversial inside the Victorian ALP.

A former lawyer and union official, Kitching is 46. Her term expires on June 30, 2022. [Read more…]


Julia Banks (Lib-Chisholm) – Maiden Speech

Julia Banks, the Liberal member for Chisholm, has delivered her maiden speech to the House of Representatives.

Banks

Chisholm was the only seat the Coalition won from the ALP at the July 2 double dissolution. Banks succeeds the former Speaker, Anna Burke, who held the seat for 18 years from 1998. [Read more…]


Jason Falinski (Lib-Mackellar) – Maiden Speech

Jason Falinski, the Liberal member for Mackellar, has delivered his maiden speech to the House of Representatives.

Falinski

Falinski, 46, replaces Bronwyn Bishop, who represented the electorate for 22 years from 1994. He defeated Bishop in a preselection contest earlier this year. [Read more…]


Trevor Evans (Lib-Brisbane) – Maiden Speech

Trevor Evans, the Liberal National member for Brisbane, has delivered his maiden speech to the House of Representatives.

Evans

Evans has succeeded Teresa Gambaro, who took the seat from the ALP in 2010. It had previously been held by the ALP since 1980. [Read more…]


Damian Drum (Nats-Murray) – Maiden Speech

Damian Drum, the Nationals member for Murray, has delivered his maiden speech to the House of Representatives.

Drum

Drum, 56, won the northern Victorian electorate from the Liberal Party at the July 2 double dissolution election. Sharman Stone held the seat for 20 years from 1996. The Nationals last held it with Bruce Lloyd (1971-96). [Read more…]


Julian Leeser (Lib-Berowra) – Maiden Speech

Julian Leeser, the Liberal member for Berowra, has delivered his maiden speech to the House of Representatives.

Leeser

Leeser, 40, succeeded Philip Ruddock in the safe Liberal electorate. Ruddock served 43 years in the House and held Berowra for 23 years from 1993. [Read more…]