Susan Templeman (ALP-Macquarie) – Maiden Speech

Susan Templeman has delivered her maiden speech to the House of Representatives as the Labor member for Macquarie.

Templeman

Templeman is a former journalist who reported on federal politics in the 1980s. She subsequently became a media trainer. She also contested Macquarie in 2010 and 2013. [Read more…]


Brian Mitchell (ALP-Lyons) – Maiden Speech

Brian Mitchell, the new ALP member for Lyons, has delivered his maiden speech in the House of Representatives.

Mitchell

Mitchell, 49, won the Tasmanian seat from the Liberal Party’s Eric Hutchinson at the July 2 double dissolution election. Hutchinson held the seat for just one term. Previously, the ALP’s Dick Adams held the seat for 20 years from 1993. [Read more…]


Andrew Gee (Nats-Calare) – Maiden Speech

Andrew Gee has delivered his maiden speech as the new Nationals member for the NSW electorate of Calare.

Gee

Gee was elected at the double dissolution on July 2, 2016. He succeeded John Cobb, who had held the seat since 2007.

Gee turned 38 years old yesterday. Since 2011, he was the member for Orange in the NSW Legislative Assembly. A solicitor and barrister, Gee has practiced in Orange and Sydney. [Read more…]


Turnbull Introduces Same-Sex Marriage Plebiscite Bill

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has introduced the same-sex marriage plebiscite bill into the House of Representatives.

Turnbull

The plebiscite is set down for February 11, 2017. The result will be based on a majority of electors nationwide.

This is the proposed format of the ballot paper:

Ballot

In his speech to the House, Turnbull accused the ALP of adopting a morally superior attitude in opposing the plebiscite. He said the nation was able to conduct a civil debate, free of reckless behaviour, ahead of the plebiscite. He said the government had a mandate from the electorate to conduct the plebiscite. [Read more…]


Rebekha Sharkie (NXT-Mayo) – Maiden Speech

This is the maiden speech by Rebekha Sharkie, member for the South Australian electorate of Mayo, representing the Nick Xenophon Team.

Sharkie

Sharkie was the only member of NXT to win a seat in the House of Representatives at the July 2 election. She defeated former Liberal minister Jamie Briggs. [Read more…]


David Littleproud (LNP-Maranoa) – Maiden Speech

This is the maiden speech by David Littleproud, the Liberal National member for the Queensland electorate of Maranoa.

Littleproud will sit as a member of The Nationals in Canberra.

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Hansard transcript of maiden speech by David Littleproud, LNP member for Maranoa.

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: Before I call the honourable member for Maranoa, I remind the House that this is the honourable member’s first speech. I ask the House to extend to him the usual courtesies. I personally would like to welcome my northern neighbour. We share a boundary of about 800 kilometres. [Read more…]


Justine Keay (ALP-Braddon) – Maiden Speech

This is the maiden speech to the House of Representatives by Justine Keay, ALP member for the Tasmanian electorate of Braddon.

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Hansard transcript of maiden speech by Justine Keay, ALP member for Braddon.

The SPEAKER (18:54): Before I call the honourable member for Braddon I remind the House that this is the honourable member’s first speech, and I ask the House to extend to her the usual courtesies. [Read more…]