MS LAWDER (Brindabella): I seek leave of the Assembly to make my inaugural speech.
MADAM SPEAKER: I wish to remind members that as this is Ms Lawder's inaugural speech and as is the convention in all parliaments, she will be heard in respectful silence.
MS LAWDER: It is a great honour and a privilege to be elected to the ACT Legislative Assembly and I must, first and foremost, thank the people of Brindabella for the faith they have placed in me.
I come to the Assembly via a path less trodden, that of filling a casual vacancy. However, I am in good company here. I am joined by Minister Barr, Dr Bourke and Minister Corbell, who also began their time in the same way.