First speech for Patrick Gorman

In his first speech to the House of Representatives, Mr Patrick Gorman, the Member for Perth, spoke of his pride as a West Australian.

Sep 25, 2018

In his first speech to the House of Representatives, Mr Patrick Gorman, the Member for Perth, spoke of his pride as a West Australian, saying, ‘The Australia I love would be nothing without Perth. Perth is the heart and the brain of Western Australia. Perth is Boorloo, on the banks of the Derbarl Yerrigan, home to Aboriginal leaders past, present and emerging ... Perth welcomes new Australians and has a proud migrant history.’

Mr Gorman listed education and tourism as two of his priorities, seeing a clear link between the two issues. ‘When tourists and visitors come to Australia, they should see a progressive and welcoming country. We demonstrate this to the world through an Indigenous voice to our parliament, enshrined in our Constitution. We demonstrate this to the world when we stand as an Australian republic. We demonstrate this to the world by building the world's best education system from the earliest years right through to lifelong learning.’

In conclusion, the new Member for Perth quoted Prime Minister John Curtin, describing the character and focus of the Australian Labor Party, ‘Labor is a peace-loving party. Its struggle has always been on behalf of the weak against the strong; for the poor, for those who never had a chance as against those whose privileged positions enabled them to prosper—even though millions suffer.’