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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…]


Gavin Pearce (Lib-Braddon) – Maiden Speech

This is the maiden speech to the House of Representatives by Gavin Pearce, the Liberal member for Braddon, Tasmania.

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Hansard transcript of maiden speech to the House of Representatives by Gavin Pearce, Liberal member for Braddon.

The DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr S Georganas): Before I call the honourable member for Pearce, I remind the House that this is the honourable member’s first speech. Therefore I ask the House to extend to him the usual courtesies.

Mr PEARCE (Braddon) (17:26): Thanks, Mr Deputy Speaker. May I begin by congratulating our Speaker on his re-election. His position is one of honour and he does it justice. Indeed, to everyone in this place, congratulations. We’re all here today because of the faith our constituents have placed in us, and I wish everyone right across the chamber all the very best for the 46th Parliament. [Read more…]


Sen. Andrew Bragg (Lib-NSW) – Maiden Speech

This is the maiden speech by Senator Andrew Bragg, Liberal, New South Wales.

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Hansard transcript of maiden speech by Senator Andrew Bragg, Liberal, New South Wales.

The PRESIDENT (16:59): It is approaching 5 pm and, pursuant to order, I will now call Senator Bragg to make his first speech. I ask senators that the usual courtesies be extended to him.

Senator BRAGG (New South Wales) (16:59): Mr President, I have a confession to make. I first discovered my love of Australia in Victoria. My upbringing in regional Victoria featured football, fishing and work in orchards, a cannery and a dairy. My interest in politics arose from growing up in a world where tax, trade, foreign investment and water policies all impacted people’s lives. Later came tertiary study, work and—sometimes boring—research, which imbued the notion in me that Australia must be competitive to succeed. [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…]


Pat Conaghan (Nats-Cowper) – Maiden Speech

This is the maiden speech to the House of Representatives by Pat Conaghan, the Nationals member for Cowper.

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Hansard transcript of maiden speech to the House of Representatives by Pan Conaghan, Nationals member for Cowper.

The DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Andrews): Before I call the honourable member for Cowper, may I remind the House that this is the honourable member’s first address and that the usual courtesies should be extended to him.

Mr CONAGHAN (Cowper) (11:54): On the foreshore of Port Macquarie town green, adjacent to Lady Nelson Wharf, sits an oversized bronze statue of Australia’s first Prime Minister, Sir Edmund Barton. The figure sits staring out over the Hasting River with a backdrop of the Banda Banda mountain range. Observers might be forgiven for thinking that the statue was contemplating what might have been but for the selfless actions of one man, Francis Clark. [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…]