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Sen. Mitch Fifield (Lib-Vic) – Valedictory Speeches

These are the valedictory speeches for Senator Mitch Fifield, Liberal, Victoria.

Fifield, 52, was appointed to the Senate on March 3, 2004, filling a casual vacancy caused by the resignation of Senator Richard Alston.

Fifield served as a minister in the governments of Tony Abbott, Malcolm Turnbull and Scott Morrison, between September 2013 and May 2019. He was Minister for the Arts and Minister for Communications from 2015 until 2019.

He was Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate between 2017 and 2018, and Manager of Government Business in the Senate from 2018 to 2019.

Prior to entering parliament, Fifield worked for Treasurer Peter Costello (1996-2003) as a senior political adviser. He was also a senior policy adviser to Alan Brown, the Victorian Minister for Transcpot (1992-96).

Fifield, bruised by the leadership turmoil in the Liberal Party in 2018, will soon take up the post of Ambassador to the United Nations.

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Hansard transcript of valedictory speeches for Senator Mitch Fifield.

The PRESIDENT (18:33): Pursuant to order, the Senate will now move to valedictory statements.

Senator FIFIELD (Victoria) (18:33): Colleagues and friends, doesn’t it go by in the blink of an eye? It was a little over 15 years ago that I rose to speak for the first time in this great chamber. I did so as the 487th senator to serve in this place since Federation. This struck me at the time as being a pretty small number, but since I arrived 120 senators have left this place. I cite these figures to highlight that, while ours may be a select group, our custodianship is transitory. To be chosen by your party peers to be their flag-bearer, to be endorsed by the voters, to be afforded a platform and resources to pursue the national interest, there are few greater privileges. Today, for me, represents the culmination of a decade and a half in the Senate, and the drawing of stumps on a parliamentary and a ministerial career. But today also represents for me the conclusion of 31 years in full-time professional politics and 23 years working in this building. [Read more…]


Sen. Matt O’Sullivan (Lib-WA) – Maiden Speech

This is the maiden speech to the Senate of Senator Matt O’Sullivan, Liberal, Western Australia.

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Hansard transcript of maiden speech by Senator Matt O’Sullivan, Liberal, Western Australia.

The PRESIDENT (18:05): Pursuant to order, I will now ask Senator O’Sullivan to come forward and make his first speech, and I ask senators to observe the usual courtesies.

Senator O’SULLIVAN (Western Australia) (18:05): Mr President, as this is my first speech, may I start by congratulating you on being elected as President of the Senate. I’d also like to congratulate my fellow Western Australian Senators elected at the 18 May election: Senators Linda Reynolds, Patrick Dodson, Slade Brockman, Louise Pratt and Jordon Steele-John. Together we have the immense privilege of representing Western Australia, and I look forward to working with you to deliver for the great state of Western Australia. [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…]


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…]