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Archives for September 1996

Senator Bob Brown’s Maiden Speech to the Senate

This is the text of Senator Bob Brown’s first speech to the Senate.

Senator Brown was elected as a Greens representative from Tasmania at the March 1996 Federal Election.

Senator Bob BrownSenator BROWN (5.15 p.m.) — It is an enormous privilege and honour for me to be standing here in this Senate as the first Australian Greens senator to join my colleague, Dee Margetts from the Western Australian Greens, and to follow in the footsteps of Christabel Chamarette and Jo Vallentine, who have pioneered the entry of Green politics into this, the national parliament. It is an extraordinary period in human history which doubles the privilege of being able to represent the people of Australia and, indeed, to be a voice helping guide this parliament towards a more effective Australia in a world which is facing great social and environmental problems. [Read more…]


Pauline Hanson’s Maiden Speech In The House Of Representatives

Pauline Hanson was elected to the House of Representatives electorate of Oxley at the March 1996 election.

Hanson was disendorsed by the Liberal Party during the election campaign because of comments she made about Australian Aborigines. Because of the timing of the dis-endorsement, she appeared on the ballot paper as a Liberal candidate.

Oxley was a traditionally safe Labor electorate in Queensland, centred on Ipswich. Labor’s Les Scott held Oxley with a two-party-preferred margin of 14.65%. Hanson secured a swing of 19.31% and won the seat with a majority of 4.66%.

Hanson’s maiden speech to the House on September 10 caused a storm of controversy because of its criticisms of Aboriginals, multiculturalism and immigration. [Read more…]


Joe Hockey (Lib-North Sydney) – Maiden Speech

The Liberal member for North Sydney, Joe Hockey, was first elected to the House of Representatives at the 1996 Federal Election.

Prior to entering parliament, Hockey worked as banking and finance lawyer with Corrs Chambers Westgarth. He had also been Director of Policy for John Fahey, the Premier of New South Wales.

Hockey reclaimed the traditionally safe Liberal seat from the independent member Ted Mack, who won it in 1990, was re-elected in 1993 and then retired in 1996.

Hockey was 31 years old when he gave his maiden speech on September 10, 1996. Two years later, he was made Minister for Financial Services and Regulation in the Howard government. [Read more…]