This is the maiden speech to the House of Representatives by Fiona Phillips, the ALP member for Gilmore, New South Wales.
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Hansard transcript of maiden speech by Fiona Phillips, ALP member for Gilmore.
The SPEAKER (12:02): Before I call the honourable member for Gilmore I remind the House that this is the honourable member’s first speech. I ask the House to extend to her the usual courtesies.
Mrs PHILLIPS (Gilmore) (12:02): I acknowledge that we’re gathered here today on Ngunawal country. I acknowledge all the First Nations people on the New South Wales South Coast and the many tribes, groups and clans that make up the Yuin and Dharawal nations. I pay my respects to elders past, present and emerging and acknowledge the presence of Uncle Tom Moore, a respected elder in our community, who has joined us here in the gallery today. I thank our local Aboriginal elders that I have met over many years through work and community. I am profoundly grateful for knowing you and what you continue to do in our community each day. At a National Sorry Day reconciliation walk in May I joined with hundreds of locals on the walk from Nowra to the Bomaderry Aboriginal Children’s Home. This home played a heartbreaking role in the stolen generation. The community came together, from babies to adults, to listen, to learn and to heal with former residents and their families. As the member for Gilmore I will continue to walk with you on our journey to reconciliation.