Clarke gives in­au­gu­ral ad­dress

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS -

NEWLY sworn in mem­ber for Mur­ray-Welling­ton MLA Robyn Clarke de­liv­ered her in­au­gu­ral ad­dress to Par­lia­ment last week, out­lin­ing her con­cerns and pri­or­i­ties for the re­gion.

On Tues­day night, Mrs Clarke gave her speech to the first sit­ting of the 40thWA Par­lia­ment be­gin­ning by ac­knowl­edg­ing the tra­di­tional own­ers of the land in her elec­torate, Bind­jareb peo­ple.

Dur­ing her speech, Mrs Clarke paid trib­ute to fe­male politi­cians past and present, in­clud­ing for­mer Prime Min­is­ter Ju­lia Gil­lard and May Hol­man, who held the seat of For­rest from 1925 to 1939 and was the first woman to sit in Par­lia­ment for longer than 10 years.

“I draw in­spi­ra­tion from th­ese two great Aus­tralian women as I be­gin my jour­ney,” she said.

Mrs Clarke said en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues in her elec­torate was one of the main pri­or­i­ties out­lined in her speech, par­tic­u­larly on the pro­tec­tion of wa­ter­ways and the need to shut the gate on frack­ing.

Mrs Clarke also said the shires of Har­vey, Waroona and Mur­ray which make up her seat, had been over­looked for a long time.

“Three lo­cal gov­ern­ments, through­out my cam­paign were very vo­cal that this cham­ber needed a re­fresher course on the ge­og­ra­phy of the re­gion, as gov­ern­ments have seemed to over­look it for quite some time,” she said.

Mrs Clarke said stand­ing up in Par­lia­ment for the first time was sur­real and an ab­so­lute hon­our.

“All I can say is it was the pin­na­cle af­ter go­ing through the cam­paign,” she said.

Pic­ture: Michael Wil­son The West Aus­tralian

Mur­ray-Welling­ton MLA Robyn Clarke in Par­lia­ment where she made her in­au­gu­ral ad­dress last week.

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