I’ve been watching proceedings in the Australian parliament keenly these past few weeks, tuning into more than a few of the maiden speeches. Why am I putting myself through an experience most non-political types would consider akin to torture? Well, the first speech of a fresh-faced politician tells you a lot about how they’ll approach the role. It gives an insight into the experiences that made them, what drives their agenda and sparks their passions.
There are a bunch of women MPs and Senators who are newcomers to parliamentary life. I’d like to take a moment to introduce them to you. If politics were a game of professional basketball, these women would be some of the players to watch. Whether you agree with their politics or not, they will likely be contenders for power and influence in the years to follow.
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