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Sen. Tim Ayres (ALP-NSW) – Maiden Speech

This is the maiden speech by Senator Tim Ayres, ALP, New South Wales.

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Hansard transcript of maiden speech by Senator Tim Ayres, ALP, New South Wales.

Senator AYRES (New South Wales) (17:33): ‘A Senator’s first speech is daunting,’ I had in my first line, but it’s not as daunting, I think, as what Senator Hughes just faced. I want to congratulate her for what you could describe as courage under fire. I want to use my comments today to set out how my life experiences shapes my approach to democracy and equity, and to point out the challenge that inequality poses to our democratic system and some of the principles that will drive my work in the Senate. [Read more…]


Sen. Hollie Hughes (Lib-NSW) – Maiden Speech

This is maiden speech to the Senate by NSW Liberal Senator Hollie Hughes.

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Hansard transcript of maiden speech by Senator Hollie Hughes, Liberal, New South Wales.

The PRESIDENT (17:00): Pursuant to order, I now call Senator Hughes to make her first speech. I ask that the usual courtesies be extended to her.

Senator HUGHES (New South Wales) (17:00): I’d like to acknowledge that we’re meeting today on the traditional lands of the Ngunawal people. I acknowledge them as custodians and traditional owners of this land and I extend my respects to elders past and present. [Read more…]


James Stevens (Lib-Sturt) – Maiden Speech

This is the maiden speech to the House of Representatives by James Stevens, Liberal member for Sturt, South Australia.

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Hansard transcript of maiden speech by James Stevens, Liberal member for Sturt.

The SPEAKER (16:28): The question is that the address be agreed to. Before I call the honourable member for Sturt, I remind the House that this is the honourable member’s first speech and I ask the House to extend to him the usual courtesies.

Mr STEVENS (Sturt) (16:28): Mr Speaker, can I start by congratulating you on your deserved re-election as Speaker of this parliament. I look forward to behaving myself to the extent that the rest of my colleagues seem to under your firm but fair chairmanship. [Read more…]


Fiona Phillips (ALP-Gilmore) – Maiden Speech

This is the maiden speech to the House of Representatives by Fiona Phillips, the ALP member for Gilmore, New South Wales.

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Hansard transcript of maiden speech by Fiona Phillips, ALP member for Gilmore.

The SPEAKER (12:02): Before I call the honourable member for Gilmore I remind the House that this is the honourable member’s first speech. I ask the House to extend to her the usual courtesies.

Mrs PHILLIPS (Gilmore) (12:02): I acknowledge that we’re gathered here today on Ngunawal country. I acknowledge all the First Nations people on the New South Wales South Coast and the many tribes, groups and clans that make up the Yuin and Dharawal nations. I pay my respects to elders past, present and emerging and acknowledge the presence of Uncle Tom Moore, a respected elder in our community, who has joined us here in the gallery today. I thank our local Aboriginal elders that I have met over many years through work and community. I am profoundly grateful for knowing you and what you continue to do in our community each day. At a National Sorry Day reconciliation walk in May I joined with hundreds of locals on the walk from Nowra to the Bomaderry Aboriginal Children’s Home. This home played a heartbreaking role in the stolen generation. The community came together, from babies to adults, to listen, to learn and to heal with former residents and their families. As the member for Gilmore I will continue to walk with you on our journey to reconciliation. [Read more…]


Vince Connelly (Lib-Stirling) – Maiden Speech

This is the maiden speech to the House of Representatives by Vince Connelly, Liberal member for Stirling, Western Australia.

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Hansard transcript of maiden speech by Vince Connelly, Liberal member for Stirling.

The SPEAKER (17:07): Before I call the honourable member for Stirling, I remind the House that this is the honourable member’s first speech, and I ask the House to extend to him the usual courtesies.

Mr CONNELLY (Stirling) (17:07): While I was writing this speech, my wife, Peta, gave me the kind of wise and blunt advice which I have come to expect and to rely upon. She said, ‘Vinny, don’t try to be witty or charming or intellectual; just be yourself.’ It is quite good advice, and so, as usual, I decided that I would take it. I was also encouraged by the eloquence and courage that my fellow new parliamentarians have applied during their maiden speeches, sharing their personal stories and shedding a light on why they have fought to be here. They’ve all said in a variety of ways that they are here because of others and they are here for others. Friends have asked me, ‘Vince, why do you want to go into politics?’ My answer has been consistent and simple: it’s because this is my opportunity to do the most good that I can do. [Read more…]


Celia Hammond (Lib-Curtin) – Maiden Speech

This is the maiden speech to the House of Representatives by the Liberal member for Curtin, Celia Hammond.

Hammond won the Western Australian seat at the May 18, 2019 elections. A lawyer, she is the former vice-chancellor of the University of Notre Dame. She succeeds the former deputy leader of the Liberal Party, Julie Bishop, who held the seat between 1998 and 2019.

Curtin is an inner metropolitan electorate in Perth. It includes suburbs such as Churchlands, Claremont, Cotteslow, Glendalough, Mosman Part, Nedlands, Peppermint Grove, Subiaco and Woodlands. Created in 1949, Hammond is its fifth member. The seat has always been held by the Liberal Party, except for the 1996 election, when the disendorsed Liberal member, Allan Rocher, was re-elected as an independent member.

There was a 6.37% two-party-preferred swing against the Liberal Party. Hammond finished with 64.33% of the two-party vote. The Liberal Party won 54.18% of the primary vote, a decrease of 11.32%. The ALP’s primary vote was 17.62%, an increase of 1.91%. The Greens polled 15.55%, up 1.35%.

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Transcript of maiden speech by Celia Hammond, Liberal member for Curtin.

The SPEAKER: Before I call the honourable member for Curtin, I remind honourable members that this is her first speech. I therefore ask that the usual courtesies be extended to her.

Ms HAMMOND (Curtin) (12:26): The House of Representatives begins each day with an acknowledgement of the traditional custodians of the land and the opportunity to say a prayer. And so I start my first speech here today by acknowledging and paying my respects to the elders of the Ngunawal and Nambri peoples, who are the traditional custodians of the Canberra area; the Whadjuk Noongar people, who are the traditional custodians of the land I call home; and the Ballardong Noongar people, the traditional custodians of the land on which I was born. As a person of faith, I also start by giving thanks to God. [Read more…]


Katie Allen (Lib-Higgins) – Maiden Speech

This is the maiden speech by Katie Allen, the Liberal member for Higgins, Victoria.

Allen, 53, previously a paediatrician at the Royal Childen’s Hospital, won Higgins at the May 18, 2019 election. She replaced the previous Liberal member, Kelly O’Dwyer.

Higgins is an inner suburban electorate in Melbourne, created in 1949. It includes the suburbs of Prahran, South Yarra, Toorak, Malven, Armadale, East Malvern, Chadstone, Carnegie, Murrumbeena, Ormond and Hughesdale. Higgins has always been held by the Liberal Party, and is the only electorate to have been held by two prime ministers, Harold Holt and John Gorton. Allen is the sixth member for Higgins.

There was a 6.09% two-party-preferred swing against the Liberal Party in Higgins. Allen won with 53.88% of the two-party vote, the lowest ever recorded by her party. The Liberal Party won 47.86% of the primary vote, down 3.72%. This is the first time the Liberal Party has not won Higgins on the primary vote.

The ALP’s primary vote rose 8.85% to 25.38%. The Greens polled 22.47%, down 1.72%. At the 2016 election, the Greens beat the ALP into second place.

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Transcript of Katie Allen’s maiden speech to the House of Representatives.

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.

The SPEAKER (11:59): Before I call the honourable member for Higgins, 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. I call the honourable member for Higgins. [Read more…]


Fiona Martin (Lib-Reid) – Maiden Speech

This is the maiden speech to the House of Representatives of Dr Fiona Martin, the Liberal member for Reid.

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Hansard transcript of maiden speech by Dr Fiona Martin, Liberal member for Reid.

The SPEAKER (12:05): Before I call the honourable member for Reid, 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.

Dr MARTIN (Reid) (12:06): Thank you, Mr Speaker. It is an honour and a privilege to address this House today as the new member for Reid, and I thank the people of Reid for the trust they have placed in me to represent them. As the federal member for Reid, I have been elected to serve and advocate on behalf of my constituency, and it is a privilege to serve a community that I grew up in and that I will now raise my family in. [Read more…]


Dave Sharma (Lib-Wentworth) – Maiden Speech

This is the maiden speech to the House of Representatives by Dave Sharma, the Liberal member for Wentworth, NSW.

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Hansard transcript of maiden speech by Dave Sharma, Liberal member for Wentworth.

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

Mr SHARMA (Wentworth) (17:55): Like many who call Australia home, my story starts on the other side of the world. My father was born to an Indian family in the West Indies, the youngest of nine children. His family, of modest background and means, worked hard and saved in order to send him to university in London. He arrived just after the war had ended, becoming the first in his family to receive a formal education. It was in London that he met my mother, an Australian girl from Sydney. Like many of her generation, she had sailed to London in the early 1960s looking for an adventure. They fell in love, married and started a family together. My elder twin sisters, Melanie and Belinda, were born in Trinidad and Tobago. I was born in Canada. Before going any further, I do wish to reassure you, Mr Speaker, and everyone else here that I am absolutely no longer a Canadian citizen! [Read more…]


Sen. Raff Ciccone (ALP-Vic) – Maiden Speech

This is the maiden speech to the Senate by Senator Raff Ciccone, ALP, Victoria.

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Hansard transcript of maiden speech by Senator Raff Ciccone, ALP, Victorian.

The PRESIDENT (17:26): Order! Pursuant to order, I now call Senator Ciccone to make his first speech. I ask honourable senators that the usual courtesies be extended to him.

Senator CICCONE (Victoria—Deputy Opposition Whip in the Senate) (17:27): As I stand in this chamber to make my first speech, I wish to pay my respects to First Nations people and to their elders past, present and emerging. I want to acknowledge Senators Dodson, McCarthy and Lambie, as well as colleagues in the other place, Linda Burney and Ken Wyatt, for their ongoing leadership on justice for First Nations people. I also pay tribute to the great elder, artist and social justice advocate from my home state of Victoria, William Barak. Barak was a highly respected man and leader, and one of the forerunners of reconciliation. [Read more…]