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Rob Oakeshott: First Speech

Rob Oakeshott won the NSW rural electorate of Lyne in a by-election on September 6, 2008.

Oakeshott stood as an independent in the formerly Nationals seat. It had been vacated by the former Nationals leader and Deputy Prime Minister, Mark Vaile.

Oakeshott was first elected to the NSW Legislative Assembly as the Nationals member for Port Macquarie in 1996.

He resigned to sit as an independent in 2002 and was subsequently re-elected as an independent.

Hansard transcript of Rob Oakeshott’s first speech to the House of Representatives.

OakeshottMr OAKESHOTT (4:50 PM) —‘Jum-mada-gai’ are three Aboriginal words from my home that mean ‘Come, you’re welcome.’ I start with this standing invitation to all who are listening that you are welcome to my place, called the mid-north coast of New South Wales, and in particular those who have the power to help on the many issues that I will be raising tonight and over the coming years. And I also start with these words as an act of respect—an act of respect now done by all three councils within the Lyne electorate, an act of respect now done by the New South Wales parliament and an act of respect that I am therefore both surprised and disappointed this parliament is yet to adopt as part of its daily practice. [Read more…]


Craig Thomson (ALP-Dobell) – Maiden Speech

This is the text of the first speech to the House of Representatives by Craig Thomson.

Thomson was elected as the ALP member for Dobell at the 2007 election.

Dobell is a provincial electorate on the central coast of New South Wales. It includes the centres of Bateau Bay, Berkeley Vale, Blue Haven, Matcham, Mount Elliot, Ourimbah, The Entrance, Warnervale, Wyoming, Wyong, the Yarramalong Valley, and parts of Erina Heights, Gorokan, Holgate, Lisarow, Kulnura, Narara, Niagara Park and Wamberal.

Hansard transcript of Craig Thomson’s maiden speech to the House of Representatives.

Craig ThomsonMr CRAIG THOMSON (6:12 PM) — Can I say right at the start what a great honour it is to be here today representing the people of Dobell in this place. Not many people get the honour and privilege of representing in federal parliament and to be counted amongst them is an immense privilege.

At this stage, I need to acknowledge the fantastic advice and assistance I received from Mark Arbib, Karl Bitar and Sam Dastyari from the New South Wales ALP head office. All of the Labor shadow ministers in the last parliament were great, but, in particular, Wayne Swan and Anthony Albanese need to be acknowledged for the support they gave to and tireless work they put into my campaign. Senator Hutchins has been a fantastic supporter for many years and has helped to create the opportunity to win back Dobell. Along with former member Michael Lee, he has provided tremendous insight into the many issues that affect the people of Dobell. I would also like to acknowledge the work of former Prime Minister Bob Hawke. He visited my electorate four times, along with many other electorates around the country. The shot of old Hawkie charisma was just the lift that my campaign needed. [Read more…]


Bill Shorten (ALP-Maribyrnong) – Maiden Speech

Bill Shorten was first elected to represent the Melbourne electorate of Maribyrnong at the 2007 federal election.

Shorten was the National Secretary of the Australian Workers’ Union from 2001 to 2007.

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Hansard transcript of Bill Shorten’s first speech to the House of Representatives on February 14, 2008.

Mr SHORTEN (Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Children’s Services) (10:33 AM) —Congratulations to you, Mr Speaker, upon your election to this very important office. I rise today in full recognition of the honour which the people of Maribyrnong and the Australian Labor Party have granted me by enabling me to serve in this parliament. I rise in full recognition of the responsibility that comes with this honour: to serve my electorate and the Australian people. And I rise in full recognition of the historic moment the parliament and the Australian people witnessed yesterday when we said sorry to the stolen generation. What a time to join a new parliament, what a time to be part of a new government and what a time to be part of the creation of a new and more hopeful chapter in the ongoing story of reconciliation with Indigenous Australians. [Read more…]


Senator Judith Adams (Lib-W.A) – First Speech

This is the first speech of Judith Adams, Liberal Senator from Western Australia.

Senator Adams was elected at the 2004 federal election. She took up her seat on July 1, 2005.

Hansard transcript of Senator Judith Adams’s first speech to the Senate.

Senator Judith Adams(5:01 PM) — Mr President, may I congratulate you on your re-election and thank you and the staff of the Senate for an excellent three-day orientation program. This was made available to the class of 2004 to prepare us for the responsibilities and challenges of being a senator. It is a great honour and privilege for me to become a member of the Senate representing Western Australia. I sincerely thank the Liberal Party State Council delegates for their endorsement. To the people of Western Australia who elected me, I will do my best to represent you with honesty, sincerity and integrity. Special mention must be made of the contribution of my predecessor, the former Senator Sue Knowles, who spent nearly 21 years representing Western Australia in this place. Sue is remembered for her direct approach to issues, her debating skills and her committee work, especially in the areas of social and health policy. She will also be remembered for her compassion and support she gave to her fellow committee members. I thank Sue for her encouragement and assistance to me, both before and after my election, and I wish her well in her future endeavours. [Read more…]


Louise Markus (Lib-Greenway) – Maiden Speech

The first member of the 41st parliament elected in 2004 to deliver what used to be known as a “maiden speech” was Louise Markus, the new Liberal member for Greenway.

Markus won the seat following the retirement of the Labor member, Frank Mossfield. She defeated the Labor candidate, Ed Husic. [Read more…]


Greens Senator Kerry Nettle’s First Speech

Social change starts in the hearts and minds of committed and passionate individuals, according to new Australian Greens Senator Kerry Nettle.

Nettle was giving her first speech to the Senate. Elected at the November 10, 2001 Federal Election, Nettle took up her seat on July 1, 2002.

She represents New South Wales and is the second Australian Greens senator. She joins Senator Bob Brown who was elected in 1996.

Text of Senator Kerry Nettle’s first speech to the Senate.

NettleI revel in the opportunity to deliver my first speech during a debate about bargaining fees, where people on this side of the chamber rise to speak in the defence of Australian workers being able to organise collectively in the workplace. I start by paying my respects to the Ngunnawal people, the traditional owners of this land. I acknowledge the pain and the suffering that so many Indigenous Australians have suffered as a result of the European invasion of this country. I acknowledge that the price for the prosperity and the peace that we enjoy today has been overwhelmingly borne by the first Australians. On behalf of the people that I represent in this parliament, I say sorry for these past injustices. The Greens look forward to continuing to work with Indigenous Australians to address both past and current discrimination. Only when Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians work together can the true potential of our multicultural society be realised. [Read more…]


Kevin Rudd (ALP-Griffith) – Maiden Speech

Kevin Rudd was elected to the House of Representatives as the Labor member for Griffith at the federal election of October 3, 1998.

Rudd was previously a diplomat and then Chief of Staff to the Queensland Premier, Wayne Goss. He subsequently served as Director-General of the Office of Cabinet.

Rudd contested Griffith at the 1996 election but was defeated by the Liberal candidate, Graeme McDougall. [Read more…]