Senator McLachlan is the second former President of the Legislative Council in the South Australian Parliament to become a senator. The first was Senator Richard Baker, President of the Senate 1901 to 1906.
In his speech, Senator McLachlan spoke of issues important to his state, including the health of the Murray River, saying, ‘Much of our state is arid—stunningly beautiful but very dry. The River Murray is therefore sacred to us all. Its slow passage through our state, as it finds its way to the sea, makes a thread that binds us together.’
Senator McLachlan ended his speech by paying tribute to Australia’s volunteer firefighters and thanking his family.