It’s that time of the six-year electoral Senate cycle again, where departing senators give their valedictory speeches outlining what they’ve accomplished and how their political dreams were crushed, delivered with a hefty dose of nostalgia, wisdom and a dig at their foes. We've been covering these speeches as they come out and in the current round we have Labor Senators Steve Hutchins and Annette Hurley, as well as Family First leader Steve Fielding. Read Nick Minchin, Alan Ferguson and Julian McGauran's farewells at The Stump.

Steve Hutchins: 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.’