SPEECH IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, PARLIAMENT OF AUSTRALIA
28 JULY 2019
Last week I gave my first speech to this House. It was a humbling and moving experience and one I will always remember. So many people have helped me along this journey that it was not feasible to thank them all last week and, as such, I would like to take this opportunity to thank some of the many individuals who took the time to support and encourage me in my two campaigns over the past 10 months.
The Liberal Party is a grassroots movement that relies on the blood, sweat, toil and tears of thousands volunteers—each of whom strives to make a real difference to our country. The Liberal Party in Wentworth is no different. Between last year’s by-election in October 2018 and the general election of May 2019, thousands of people gave their time and invested their effort to help return Wentworth to the Liberal column. I will always appreciate the trust placed in me by the Wentworth Federal Electorate Conference, or FEC. I was not a born and bred local and had not been active in the party over a long period. I did not know many of them and they in turn did not know me. But I was welcomed with open arms by the FEC, and for that I will be internally grateful.
In particular, I would like to thank my campaign team: Harry Stutchbury, Sally Betts, Sam Fay, Darel Hughes, Natarsha Terreiro, Luke Barnes, Will Nemesh, Andrew Bragg and Yosi Tal. Without their efforts, I would not be here today. I’ll take with me many fond memories of countless campaign meetings, late nights and endless phone calls. A candidate could not wish for a more dynamic, hardworking, dedicated and selfless campaign team.
In addition to my campaign team many local Liberals committed themselves to my campaign, undertaking countless hours of letterboxing, doorknocking, street stalls and prepoll voting. It would be impossible to name them all, but I would like to thank Toby Moore, Georgia de Mestre, Annabelle Young, Zac Scott, Sal Sefionidis, David Tsor, Michael Hughes, Mark Coppleson, Kim and Yvonne Messenger, Skye Leckie, James Ardouin, Shawn Carmichael, Jason Howe, Bill Maroukas, Phil Occhiuto, Kylie von Muenster, Leon Goltsman and Travis Russell. I would also like to extend my thanks to Fiona and Matthew Playfair, Daisy Turnbull and James Brown, Sue Cullen, Donald and Janet McDonald, Eitan Neishlos, Kellie and Adam Sloane, Andrew Low, Deanne and Steve Chapman, Andrew and Abbey McKinnon, Brendon and Jodie Lyons, James and Helen Stevens, Karen Jorritsma, Emily Smith and Ellie Atkin and Warwick Smith.
From the Liberal Party headquarters, I would like to thank Chris Stone, Andrew Hirst, Simon Berger, Bonnie Marshall and Luke Nayner for their tireless efforts. Thank you also to my state parliamentary colleague Gabrielle Upton as well Bruce Notley-Smith, the former member for Coogee.
I’d also like to thank some early supporters along this journey, including Matt Kean, James Wallace, Trent Zimmerman and Chris Rath. Their guidance and support has been invaluable in every step of this journey. To my new staff—Harry Stutchbury, Luke Barnes, Toby Moore, Jodie Lyons and Deyi Wu: thank you for joining me on this journey. I look forward to serving the people of Wentworth with you.
I’ve been lucky to have the friendship and support of many community members and groups across Wentworth: from Bronte Surf Lifesaving Club, Basil Scaffidi, David Finnimore and Harries Carroll; from North Bondi Surf Life Saving Club, Mark Cotter; from Easts Rugby, John Murray and Sam Fay; from some of the local pubs, Pete Tate and the Malouf brothers; from the Sydney Swans, Tom Harley, Andrew Pridham and Peter Ivany; from Netball NSW, Carolyn Campbell, the CEO; and from the Royal Motor Yacht Club at Point Piper, John Barbouttis.
I would also like to thank Sydney Central Synagogue, St Matthias Anglican Church at Paddington, St George Greek Orthodox Church at Rose Bay, the Jewish Board Of Deputies, the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, Chabad Double Bay, Mizrachi Synagogue, South Head Synagogue, Dover Heights Shoah, Emanuel Synagogue, Moriah College and Emanuel School for welcoming me so warmly to the community.
One of the most rewarding parts of being a candidate has been delivering important outcomes for local organisations—commitments made to the Woollahra Men’s Shed, Bondi Cottage, the Lokahi Foundation, North Bondi Surf Life Saving Club, Bronte Surf Life Saving Club and Jewish community security measures are close to my heart.
As the Member for Wentworth I look forward to working with important local service providers to improve their organisational capacity.
Finally, I’d like to once again thank the people of Wentworth for placing their trust in me as their local representative. I will always pursue their interests first, doing my very best to represent them in Federal Parliament.