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Bridget Archer (Lib-Bass) – Maiden Speech

This is the maiden speech to the House of Representatives by Bridget Archer, the Liberal member for the Tasmanian electorate of Bass.

Archer

Bass is located in north-eastern Tasmania. It is centred on Launceston and includes Dorset, George Town, West Tamar and Flinders Island.

Archer secured 42.33% of the primary vote, an increase of 3.14%. She won 50.41% of the two-party-preferred vote, a swing of 5.83%. She defeated the one-term ALP member Ross Hart. Bass has now changed parties at five of the last six elections.

Archer, 44, was previously the Mayor of George Town Council.

Watch Archer’s speech (21m):

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Hansard transcript of maiden speech by Bridget Archer, Liberal member for Bass.

Mrs ARCHER (Bass) (09:56): I second the motion.

The SPEAKER: 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.

Mrs ARCHER: Thank you, Mr Speaker. I thank the Prime Minister for the privilege of participating in the address-in-reply here today, and I commend the member for Herbert on his very moving first speech. I also acknowledge that the very first duty of our new Governor-General was the opening of this 46th Parliament of Australia. I wish General and Mrs Hurley the very best as they embark on their official duties. I also congratulate you, Mr Speaker, on your re-election to the chair. The commentary from both sides of this chamber reflects the high regard in which you are held. [Read more…]


Phillip Thompson (LNP-Herbert) – Maiden Speech

This is the maiden speech by Phillip Thompson, the Liberal National Party member for the Queensland electorate of Herbert.

Thompson

It was the first maiden speech of the 46th Parliament.

Thompson, 31, won Herbert at the May 18, 2019 federal election. The seat is based around Townsville, Hinchinbrook and Palm Island.

Thompson won 37.11% of the primary vote, an increase of 1.61%. He secured 58.36% of the two-party-preferred vote, an increase of 8.38%. He defeated the one-term ALP member Cathy O’Toole, who won the seat by 37 votes in 2016. Ahead of the election, it was the most marginal seat in the nation.

Thompson is a former infantry soldier who served and was seriously wounded in Afghanistan. He competed in the Invictus Games in London, in 2014. In 2018, he was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for his service to the welfare of veterans.

Watch Thompson’s speech (22m):

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Hansard transcript of maiden speech by Phillip Thompson, LNP member for Herbert.

GOVERNOR-GENERAL’S SPEECH

Mr Thompson, for the committee elected to prepare an address-in-reply to the speech of His Excellency the Governor-General, presented the proposed address, which was read by the Clerk. The proposed address read as follows: [Read more…]


Seating Plan – House of Representatives – 46th Parliament

This is the seating plan for the House of Representatives in the 46th Parliament.

To receive the call from the Speaker, members must be in their designated seat.

The 46th Parliament was elected on May 18, 2019. There are 27 new members.

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Seating Plan


David Hurley Sworn In As 27th Governor-General Of Australia

Retired General David Hurley has been sworn in as Australia’s 27th Governor-General.

Hurley
David Hurley takes the oath of office as Governor-General

The ceremony to install Hurley in place of Sir Peter Cosgrove took place in the Senate chamber at Parliament House.

Hurley, 65, was the 38th Governor of New South Wales from 2014 to 2019.

Listen to the swearing-in ceremony (16m):

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Election Officially Over As Writs Returned By AEC

The 2019 Federal Election is officially over, following today’s return of the writs by the Australian Electoral Commission.

The AEC returned the writ for the House of Representatives elections to the Governor-General, Sir Peter Cosgrove. Writs for state senators were returned to state governors. The Senate territory writs were also returned to the Governor-General.

The writ is an official command from the Governor-General to the AEC to conduct elections. Section 12 of the Constitution specifically outlines the requirements for Senate writs.

Now that the election is over, Section 5 empowers the Governor-General to summon parliament. This must occur within thirty days of the return of the writs. The government has already indicated the Parliament will meet on July 2. The Governor-General issued a proclamation to this effect on June 19.

Media release from the AEC announcing the return of the election writs.

Writs Returned


Fiona Patten Not Happy Malcolm Roberts Has Been Re-Elected

The Victorian Reason Party MP Fiona Patten has reacted badly to the re-election of Malcolm Roberts as a One Nation senator from Queensland.

Patten, a member of the Victorian Legislative Council, described Roberts as a “climate-change denying, weirdo, conspiracy theorist”.

“You’re f***ing kidding me right?” Patten wrote.

Malcolm Roberts’ election to the Senate was confirmed this week. First elected at the double dissolution in 2016, Roberts was ruled ineligible to nominate by the High Court on October 27, 2017. Roberts held dual citizenship with the United Kingdom, a breach of Section 44 of the Constitution.

Patten was elected to the Victorian parliament as a representative of the Sex Party in 2014. The party was renamed the Reason Party and she was re-elected in 2018.

Media release from Fiona Patten.

Fiona Patten


Governor-General Summons 46th Parliament For July 2 Meeting

The Governor-General, Sir Peter Cosgrove, has issued a proclamation summoning the 46th Parliament to convene on July 2.

The proclamation was issued on the advice of the prime minister, Scott Morrison, in accordance with the Governor-General’s power under Section 5 of the Constitution.

The first day of the new parliament will be largely ceremonial. All 151 members of the House of Representatives will be sworn in, as will the 40 senators elected on May 18. The other 36 senators, elected in 2016, remain in office until the next election and do not need to be sworn in.

Proclamation issued by the Governor-General, Sir Peter Cosgrove.

Proclamation