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David Littleproud (LNP-Maranoa) – Maiden Speech

This is the maiden speech by David Littleproud, the Liberal National member for the Queensland electorate of Maranoa.

Littleproud will sit as a member of The Nationals in Canberra.

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Hansard transcript of maiden speech by David Littleproud, LNP member for Maranoa.

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: Before I call the honourable member for Maranoa, I remind the House that this is the honourable member’s first speech. I ask the House to extend to him the usual courtesies. I personally would like to welcome my northern neighbour. We share a boundary of about 800 kilometres. [Read more…]


John McVeigh (LNP-Groom) – Maiden Speech

This is the maiden speech to the House of Representatives by John McVeigh, LNP member for Groom.

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Hansard transcript of John McVeigh’s maiden speech to the House of Representatives as the LNP member for Groom.

The DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Goodenough): Before I call the honourable member for Groom, I remind the House that it is the honourable member’s first speech. I ask that the House extend to him the usual courtesies. [Read more…]


Andrew Wallace (LNP-Fisher) – Maiden Speech

Andrew Wallace, the LNP member for Fisher, has delivered his maiden speech to the House of Representatives.

Wallace

A former barrister, Wallace has succeeded Mal Brough in the safe Queensland electorate.

Wallace polled 48.26% of the primary vote and 59.06% of the two-party-preferred vote. [Read more…]


Ted O’Brien (LNP-Fairfax) – Maiden Speech

This is the first speech to the House of Representatives from Ted O’Brien, LNP member for Fairfax.

O'Brien

O’Brien was elected at the July 2, 2016 election. He regained the seat for the Liberal National Party and replaced Clive Palmer.

O’Brien polled 48.44% of the primary vote and 60.89% of the two-party-preferred vote. [Read more…]


45th Parliament Opens; Members And Senators Sworn In; House Speaker And Senate President Re-Elected Unopposed

The 45th Parliament opened in Canberra this morning.

Laing-FrenchClerk of the Senate Rosemary Laing and Chief Justice Robert French preside over Senate proceedings during the opening of the 45th Parliament.

The video below shows proceedings in the Senate and the House of Representatives, starting at 10.30am.

The Governor-General’s deputy, High Court Chief Justice Robert French opened the Parliament in the Senate chamber, House members having first been summoned via a message from the Senate’s Black Rod.

The two houses then separately swore in their members, who each took an oath or affirmation and signed the register of members. The swearing-in of senators is shown in the video.

The Senate then elected Senator Stephen Parry (Liberal-Tasmania) as President, unopposed. It is Parry’s second term. [Read more…]


Current Federal Parliamentary Leaders

Each political party represented in the Federal Parliament elects leaders in each house.

Just as the government is decided in the House of Representatives, so the parties elect their leaders and deputy leaders from amongst their representatives in the House. If the party is not represented in the lower house, its leader will be chosen from amongst its members in the Senate.

These tables are correct as of the first day of the 45th Parliament, August 30, 2016. The Liberal, Nationals and ALP positions are unchanged from those that applied immediately prior to the July 2 double dissolution election. Senate parties with more than one senator have been included for the first time. [Read more…]


Turnbull Addresses LNP Conference In Brisbane

In the aftermath of the federal election, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has addressed the Liberal National Party annual convention in Brisbane today.

Turnbull

The LNP lost two seats in the July election but still holds 21 of Queensland’s 30 seats in the House of Representatives. One of the seats it lost, Herbert, may be subject to challenge in the Court of Disputed Returns.

Turnbull thanked LNP candidates and praised Michelle Landry for winning re-election in Capricornia, the first time in 60 years that the Coalition has won the seat at two consecutive elections.

Turnbull reiterated his intention to secure the passage of the Building and Construction Commission legislation, to “restore law and order” to the construction industry.

He called upon the ALP to support the government’s omnibus bill to cut government spending.

Much of the speech was taken up with itemising infrastructure projects planned or underway in Queensland. [Read more…]