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Fielding delivers final Senate speech

Fielding delivers final Senate speech

Yesterday afternoon Senator Steve Fielding presented his valedictory speech to the Senate: I have always loved listening to stories. I love sitting around a campfire with my kids and telling them stories of my own childhood, growing up in a large family of 16 children. There is something about a story that allows others to […]

Hurley delivers final Senate speech

Hurley delivers final Senate speech

Yesterday afternoon Senator Annette Hurley presented her valedictory speech to the Senate: It was hard work for me to get into the Labor Party. It took me six months to join the New South Wales branch in the early eighties. My flatmate and I were living in Petersham and did not realise that the impending […]

Hutchins delivers final Senate speech

Hutchins delivers final Senate speech

Yesterday afternoon Senator Steve Hutchins presented his valedictory speech to the Senate: Cleaver Elliott, the then Deputy Clerk of the Senate, when asked what is a senator’s most important speech, said ‘It is the last, not the first, as it is a chance to speak to the future.’ My last speech is to be just […]

McGauran delivers final Senate speech

McGauran delivers final Senate speech

Yesterday afternoon Senator Julian McGauran presented his valedictory speech to the Senate: McGauran: Mr President, I ask for the suspension of standing order 187—speeches not to be read! The President: Proceed, Senator McGauran. I am looking forward to your speech. McGauran: Mr President and Senators, now that my hour has come to give my final […]

Ferguson presents final Senate speech

Ferguson presents final Senate speech

Yesterday afternoon Senator Alan Ferguson presented his valedictory speech to the Senate: The President: Before I call Senator Ferguson, I table volume 16 of Rulings of the President of the Senate, which covers Senator Ferguson’s time as president. Ferguson: Thank you, Mr President. That will probably be the shortest book in history! It gives me […]

Minchin delivers final Senate speech

Minchin delivers final Senate speech

Yesterday afternoon Senator Nick Minchin presented his valedictory speech to the Senate: The 30th of June will, in my case, bring to an end not just 18 years in the Senate but 32 years of full-time involvement in politics. Unusually for the conservative side of politics, I have spent virtually all my working life serving […]