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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…]