Maryborough MP gives maiden speech
THE 26th Member for Maryborough rose to his feet on Wednesday evening for an emotional first speech to the Queensland Parliament.
Sporting a pale red tie, Labor's Bruce Saunders stood at 5.05pm on Wednesday to make his maiden speech.
Today marks 100 days since Mr Saunders was officially named as the Member for Maryborough.
In his maiden speech in parliament, the gelato store owner spoke passionately about the people who make up his electorate.
"The people of Maryborough have always been fighters, survivors," he said.
"They know when to move with the tide and resist when their way of life is under attack."
He was emotional when speaking about the influence his father who died in 2004, had on his life.
The quietly spoken Saunders also paid tribute his family and in particular his wife, who remained in Maryborough during his speech after undergoing major surgery last week.
"My wife, Jenny, was always the glue that held the threads of knowledge together," he said in the chamber.
"She was a quiet whisper to keep me calm when I was doing my na-na. She was a loving smile when I needed a friendly face."
Concluding his five-page speech, Mr Saunders spoke of how Maryborough voices shaped Queensland.
'If a voice can change a room, it can change a city," he said.
"If it can change a city, it can change a state.
"The people's voice in Maryborough has succeeded in doing this. It has changed the state."