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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…]


Alicia Payne (ALP-Canberra) – Maiden Speech

This is the maiden speech to the House of Representatives by Alicia Payne, the ALP member for Canberra, ACT.

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Hansard transcript of maiden speech to the House of Representatives by Alicia Payne, ALP member for Canberra.

The SPEAKER: Before I call the honourable member for Canberra, 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 PAYNE (Canberra) (16:59): I want to begin in this place by paying respect to the Ngunawal and Ngambri people and their elders, past present and emerging. The beautiful land covered by the electorate of Canberra and on which our parliament meets is their country. It is a mountainous region with a harsh climate. Living here required great knowledge and skilful custodianship of the land, which the local Indigenous people exercised for tens of thousands of years. When resources were seasonally abundant, such as the bogong moth and yam daisy, there were gatherings of more than a thousand people at a time and important ceremonies were held. [Read more…]


Kate Thwaites (ALP-Jagajaga) – Maiden Speech

This is the maiden speech given to the House of Representatives by Kate Thwaites, the ALP member for Jagajaga.

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Hansard transcript of maiden speech by Kate Thwaites, ALP member for Jagajaga.

The DEPUTY SPEAKER (16:41): Before I call the honourable member for Jagajaga, 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 THWAITES (Jagajaga) (16:41): It’s important I begin this speech by acknowledging Australia’s first peoples. I pay my respects to the Ngunawal and Ngambri peoples, the traditional owners of the land on which we meet. I pay my respects to their elders past, present and emerging. I also acknowledge that the seat of Jagajaga is on the lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation. [Read more…]


Peta Murphy (ALP-Dunkley) – Maiden Speech

This is the maiden speech to the House of Representatives by Peta Murphy, the ALP member for Dunkley.

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Hansard transcript of maiden speech by Peta Murphy, ALP member for Dunkley.

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

Ms MURPHY (Dunkley) (11:23): We meet today on the lands of the Ngunawal people. My electorate of Dunkley is on the lands of the Boonwurrung people of the Kulin nation. We recognise and support local Indigenous culture, history and people at the gathering place by the bay, Nairm Marr Djambana. I pay my respects to their elders, past and present, and to all traditional owners. I stand here today to pledge my support for the recognition of First Nations people in Australia’s Constitution and the establishment of an Indigenous voice to parliament based on the Uluru Statement from the Heart. [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…]


Daniel Andrews Claims Victory As Labor Wins Landslide Re-Election In Victoria

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has claimed victory in the state election that as delivered a landslide win to the Labor Party.

The ALP appears to have won up to 8 seats from the coalition and looks likely to hold 55 seats in the 88-seat Legislative Assembly, a victory equal to the Bracks majority in 2006.

Andrews’ 2014 victory gave the ALP 47 seats, an absolute majority of six. It now looks set to govern with a majority of 22.

The government’s two-party-preferred vote is like to be around 57%, exceeding the 54.39% vote achieved by Bracks in 2006.

This is the speech Andrews delivered to supporters in Melbourne.

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Sen. David Smith (ALP-ACT) – Maiden Speech

Senator David Smith has delivered his maiden speech to the Senate.

Smith

Smith, 48, is a Labor senator, representing the Australian Capital Territory. He was elected in a special recount of votes from the 2016 election, following the disqualification of Katy Gallagher for dual citizenship under Section 44 of the Constitution. He was declared elected by the High Court on May 23, 2018 and sworn in on June 18.

Prior to his election, Smith was the ACT Director of Professionals Australia. He previously worked as an advisor in the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations, an industrial relations manager for the Australian Federal Police Association and a policy advisor in the ACT Chief Minister’s Department.

Smith’s term expires with the next dissolution of the House of Representatives. Katy Gallagher was this week endorsed by the Left faction to contest an August preselection against Smith, a former convenor of the Right faction.

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Hansard transcript of maiden speech by Senator David Smith.

The PRESIDENT (17:03): Order! Before I call Senator Smith, I remind honourable senators that this is his first speech and, therefore, I ask that the usual courtesies be extended to him. [Read more…]


Speaker Sets July 28 As Date For Five By-Elections; Opposition Outraged

The Speaker, Tony Smith, advised the House of Representatives this afternoon that he had set July 28 as the date for the five by-elections caused by recent resignations relating to dual citizenship.

Smith

Smith told the House that because of new regulations to refine the nomination process and because of imminent schools holidays, July 28 was the “optimal” date for the by-elections in Longman, Braddon, Mayo, Fremantle and Perth.

The ALP opposition accused the Speaker of inordinate delay and said the by-elections coincided with the ALP National Conference in Adelaide.

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Hansard transcript of House of Representatives proceedings relating to the calling of five by-elections on July 28.

The SPEAKER (15:12): If members could cease interjecting, could I please have the attention of the House on this important matter: I’d like to read a fairly lengthy statement, and then I’ll be tabling some documents. Earlier in the week, I advised the House I would provide an update on possible dates for by-elections in the seats of Braddon, Fremantle, Longman, Mayo and Perth. This update follows further consultation with the Australian Electoral Commissioner and party leaders. Under the Constitution, it is my responsibility alone to issue a writ for a by-election when a vacancy occurs, and generally it has not been the practice to provide an explanation for the exercise of this responsibility. I have varied from the usual practice because of the quite unusual—quite unique—circumstances surrounding these by-elections. [Read more…]


Ged Kearney (ALP-Batman) – Maiden Speech

This is the maiden speech of Ged Kearney to the House of Representatives.

Kearney

The new ALP member for Batman was elected at a by-election on March 17, 2018. The by-election was caused by the resignation of David Feeney, due to his inability to provide evidence that he had renounced his dual citizenship with the United Kingdom.

Kearney, 54, was the President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) between 2010 and February 2018. She is a former nurse and a former official of the Australian Nursing Federation. [Read more…]