Dec 3, 2013

Clive, Cathy and the newbies: maiden speeches from our new MPs

Clive Palmer, Cathy McGowan and four other MPs stood in federal Parliament yesterday to give their maiden speeches. Crikey intern Tim Oliver captures the best of the rhetoric ...

Although perhaps the most anticipated, Clive Palmer’s was not the only maiden speech to be heard in Parliament yesterday. There were, in fact, six maiden speeches given, and funnily enough, Palmer spoke for the least amount of time. Traditionally, maiden speeches serve to introduce policy agenda to the Parliament albeit in an anecdotal and emotional way; yesterday did not disappoint.

Here’s an excerpt from all six of the speeches given to introduce you to our newest MPs …

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3 thoughts on “Clive, Cathy and the newbies: maiden speeches from our new MPs

  1. MJPC

    Can someone tell Comrade Clive, “patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundral”. I will unite with Clyde when he starts paying his way like the rest of us.
    p.s: I hope someone is holding up the other half of the sky, it could be a disaster.
    Cevolution Now!

  2. K.D. Afford

    Oh! My God! Clive made me cry!
    It is only because I was never rich!

  3. Terrence John Snedden

    They are only passing through pushed forward like scoria by the blades of progress dust particles impacted into a grandiose vision of our importance.

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