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Sen. Claire Chandler (Lib-Tas) – Maiden Speech

This is the maiden speech by Senator Claire Chandler (Liberal-Tasmania).

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Hansard transcript of maiden speech by Senator Claire Chandler (Liberal-Tasmania).

The PRESIDENT (17:28): I will now call Senator Chandler to make her first speech, and again remind honourable senators that the usual courtesies be extended to her.

Senator CHANDLER (Tasmania) (17:28): First of all, I would like to congratulate you, Mr President, on your re-election to your position in the 46th Parliament. The chair in which you now sit it is one that has a proud history and, particularly, a recent history of being occupied by fellow Tasmanians. While you don’t quite fit that moniker, given that you hail from the great and neighbouring state of Victoria I suppose I can accept that’s the next best thing! [Read more…]


Sen. Susan McDonald (Nats-Qld) – Maiden Speech

This is the maiden speech by Senator Susan McDonald (Nationals-Queensland).

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Hansard transcript of maiden speech by Senator Susan McDonald (Nationals-Queensland).

The PRESIDENT (16:59): Pursuant to order, we’ll now move to first speeches. I call upon Senator McDonald to make her first speech and ask honourable senators that the usual courtesies be extended to her.

Senator MCDONALD (Queensland) (16:59): It is with much pride that I stand before you to make my first speech in the Senate. It is an incredible privilege to be elected by Queenslanders to be their voice in the Australian parliament in the Senate, the house that makes the ultimate determination on the passage of legislation. I take my seat in this chamber not because of any quota and not because of any faction. I do not believe in identity politics, because that leaves behind people who do not share that same identity. [Read more…]


Gladys Liu (Lib-Chisholm) – Maiden Speech

This is the maiden speech delivered to the House of Representatives by Gladys Liu, the Liberal member for Chisholm, Victoria.

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Hansard transcript of maiden speech by Gladys Liu (Liberal-Chisholm).

The SPEAKER (16:57): Before I call the honourable member for Chisholm, 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.

Ms LIU (Chisholm) (16:57): I am thankful to rise to speak in the Parliament of Australia for the first time and for the opportunity to represent the people of Chisholm, who have entrusted me to be their voice in this place. It is a wonderful example of the welcoming character of Australians that my electorate has sent a woman born in Hong Kong to speak for them in the parliament. We are so fortunate to live in a country where migrants can come to Australia, become Australians and serve its people here in the parliament. How good is Australia? [Read more…]


Anika Wells (ALP-Lilley) – Maiden Speech

This is the maiden speech to the House of Representatives by the ALP member for Lilley, Anika Wells.

Wells

Wells won the Queensland seat of Lilley at the May 18, 2019 election.

After graduating with Arts and Law degrees, she worked for Maurice Blackburn as a compensation lawyer.

She won preselection for Lilley in 2018, after Wayne Swan announced his retirement. Swan held the seat from 1993-1996 and from 1998 until 2019.

Lilley was established at the 1913 federal election. It is named in honour of Sir Charles Lilley (1827-1897), a former Premier of Queensland. The inner metropolitan and mostly residential seat consists of part of the Brisbane City Council and part of the Moreton Bay Regional Council.

Wells suffered a 5.04% two-party swing at the May 18, 2019 election. She won 50.64% of the two-party-preferred vote, winning by 1,229 votes. The ALP’s primary vote fell by 8.12% to 35.64%. The LNP’s primary vote increased by 2.08% to 40.78%. The Greens polled 14.01%, an increase of 2.34%. One Nation secured 5.35%.

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Hansard transcript of maiden speech to the House of Representatives by Anika Wells, ALP member for Lilley.

The SPEAKER: Before I call the honourable member for Lilley, 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.

Ms WELLS (Lilley) (16:24): As we stand on this ground and take our seats in this chamber, we must be forever mindful that we are being carried on the shoulders of 1,600 generations of Indigenous people. Scientists and artists and parents and children have been here for millennia. Our First Nations people are the world’s oldest astronomers. Their connection between land and sky and people allowed them to navigate and predict the patterns of seasons, weather, flora and fauna. Both Indigenous knowledge and modern Western science strive to understand how our world works. Both our First Nations and our nation’s scientists value collaboration in a shared pursuit of higher knowledge. So, then, do these Australians signpost our way forward as we take our seats in this new parliament, connecting land, sky and people with evidence and hope. I have high hopes. Our future needs hope. Australians need hope, and we who are standing in this parliament need to bring hope now.

Wells

I am grateful to be here and for this opportunity. I want to thank the Lilley campaign team, particularly those who lived and died by the count in that warehouse in Zillmere. I want to thank my colleagues who have given me their time and their guidance: the members for Maribyrnong and Sydney, my good friend the member for Rankin, and the member for Grayndler—who, in his own words mused during the election campaign, ‘If he’d spent any more time in Lilley, he would have had to enrol there.’ [Read more…]


Josh Burns (ALP-Macnamara) – Maiden Speech

This is the maiden speech to the House of Representatives by Josh Burns, the ALP member Macnamara.

Burns

Burns, 32, was most recently a senior adviser to the Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews.

A former state candidate, Burns succeeds Michael Danby in the seat formerly known as Melbourne Ports. Danby held Melbourne Ports for just over 20 years.

Raised in Caulfield, Burns, is the grandson of a Jewish refugee from Nazi Germany. He attended Mt Scopus College and Monash University.

Macnamara is named after Dame Annie Jeam Macnamara DBE (1899-1968), a medical researched and doctor who worked on the polio virus. The electorate includes the suburbs of Port Melbourne, Albert Park, South Melbourne, St Kilda, Elsternwick and Caulfield.

Burns secured 56.25% of the two-party-preferred vote, a swing to the ALP of 5.04%. The ALP primary vote rose by 5.24% to 31.78%. The Liberal Party won 37.37% of the primary vote, a decline of 4.60%. The Greens polled 24.24%, an increase of 0.08%.

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Hansard transcript of maiden speech to the House of Representatives by Josh Burns, ALP member for Macnamara.

The DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Andrews): The question is that the address be agreed to. Before I call the honourable member for Macnamara, I remind the House that this is the honourable member’s first speech and I ask members to extend to him the usual courtesies.

Mr BURNS (Macnamara) (16:03): I’m extremely grateful to be standing here in this place to represent the people of Macnamara. It is my privilege to stand here on the lands of the Ngunawal and Ngambri people, the traditional owners of this place, and I pay my respects to their elders, past, present and emerging.

Burns

The electorate of Macnamara is set by the Port Phillip Bay in Melbourne on lands walked on for thousands of years by the Boonwurrung people of the Kulin nation. Today I come with a message for our parliament from the Boonwurrung. With your indulgence, I’d like to share their words: [Read more…]


Julian Simmonds (Lib-Ryan) – Maiden Speech

This is the maiden speech to the House of Representatives by the Liberal member for Ryan, Julian Simmonds.

Simmonds

Simmonds was most recently a Brisbane City councillor. He was elected in 2010, 2012 and 2016.

In 2018, Simmonds defeated the previous member for Ryan, Jane Prentice, in a preselection contest. He reportedly won 256 votes to 103 for Prentice.

The electorate of Ryan has existed since 1949. It is named after a former Labor premier of Queensland. The electorate includes part of the Brisbane City Council area and part of the Moreton Bay Regional Council.

Simmonds won 56.03% of the two-party-preferred vote in Ryan, a swing against the Liberal National Party of 2.95%. He polled 48.61% of the primary vote, a loss of 3.51%. The ALP polled 24.43% of the primary vote, an increase of 1.46%. The Greens polled 20.35%, an increase of 1.59%.

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Hansard transcript of maiden speech to the House of Representatives by Julian Simmonds, Liberal member for Ryan.

Consideration resumed of the motion:

That the following Address in Reply to the speech of His Excellency the Governor-General be agreed to:

May it please Your Excellency:

We, the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Australia, in Parliament assembled, desire to express our loyalty to our Most Gracious Sovereign, and to thank Your Excellency for the speech which you have been pleased to address to Parliament— [Read more…]


Melissa McIntosh (Lib-Lindsay) – Maiden Speech

This is the maiden speech by Melissa McIntosh, the NSW Liberal member for Lindsay.

McIntosh

McIntosh, 41, was elected at the May 18, 2019 election. She attended Western Sydney University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and communications. She was a communications manager with the not-for-profit Wentworth Community Housing at the time of her election.

The western Sydney seat of Lindsay was created in 1984. It includes Badgerys Creek, Castlereagh, Emu Plains, Mulgoa, Penrith and Werrington.

McIntosh is the sixth member for Lindsay, and its third Liberal. Each of her two predecessors, one Liberal and one Labor, survived only one term. McIntosh defeated the former ALP state minister Diane Beamer, following the disendorsement of the sitting Labor member, Emma Husar.

McIntosh secured a 6.15% two-party swing to the Liberal Party. She increased the Liberal primary vote by 7.16% to 46.45%. The ALP primary decreased by 5.47% to 35.61%.

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Hansard transcript of maiden speech by Melissa McIntosh, Liberal member for Lindsay.

The SPEAKER: Before I call the honourable member for Lindsay, I remind the House that this is the honourable member’s first speech. I ask the House to extend to her the usual courtesies.

McIntosh

Mrs MCINTOSH (Lindsay) (12:03): Mr Speaker, colleagues, family and friends that are here today, Lindsay is in so many ways a microcosm of the Australian community. It’s got families, it’s got retired people, it’s got lots and lots of small businesses and it’s got a very strong community spirit. These are the words of former Prime Minister Howard OM AC on his visit to Lindsay during the campaign—and, as always, former Prime Minister Howard is right—’From Menzies’ forgotten people to Howard’s battlers to Morrison’s quite Australians, Lindsay has been and will remain a microcosm of Australia.’ [Read more…]