Senator Stoker’s first speech

Senator Amanda Stoker was chosen by the Queensland Parliament under section 15 of the Australian Constitution to fill the casual vacancy created by Senator Brandis’s resignation.

Jun 29, 2018

In her first speech to the Senate, she observed that, ‘Australians don't trust politicians.’ She spoke about the importance of self-reliance: ‘The government can't be the answer to all problems, nor should it be. If it is the answer then you've got a problem with your question. The loss of individual self-reliance makes our society weaker.’

Senator Stoker also spoke about her home state of Queensland. ‘There are 11 other senators here who will agree with me about my chosen home state. Queensland is a magnificent place—from the cape to Coolangatta and Cameron Corner. It has beautiful landscapes: the beach, the rainforest, the bush and the desert. We are rich in minerals, leaders in agriculture and an exporter of education.’

In closing, the senator quoted President John F Kennedy, ‘With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's work must truly be our own.’