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