Maiden Speeches / First Speeches

New members of parliament make what is now called a First Speech.

The first speech was once officially known as a maiden speech.

By tradition, new members are heard in silence during their first speech and there are no interjections. One famous exception was when John McEwen interjected during Gough Whitlam’s maiden speech in March 1953.

Maiden Speeches – Many with audio and/or video

2016

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2008

2005

2004

2002

1998

1996

1994

1993

1990

1989

1983

1959

1953

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