New Page MP takes his place
THE new Member for Page, Kevin Hogan, said mentioning the death of his sister had been the only difficult experience for him when he made his maiden speech in Federal Parliament this week.
Mr Hogan's sister, Margaret Schumacher, died on the Friday two weeks before the election, taking him out of the campaign for several days.
"Personally it was a really difficult time and when I came to it in my speech it brought it all back to me," Mr Hogan said.
"It was something I'm glad is over."
But the new kid on the block showed few nerves as he took the parliament on a bird's-eye tour of his electorate.
Kicking off with a joke about starting on the NSW/Queensland border and heading south being a good way to go, Mr Hogan said he wanted to show his colleagues his electorate was a special place.
Mr Hogan also paid tribute to all the former members for Page from both sides of politics: Ian Robinson, Harry Woods, Ian Causley and Janelle Saffin.
He said all had been outstanding representatives for their community and had set an example he wanted to follow.
Mr Hogan said he had felt at home since joining the ranks of the government. "The other night I was at a dinner and found myself sitting next to Tony Abbott," he said.
"I wasn't overawed at all. I felt like this was where I could really do something for my electorate.
"That's what a local member - even the PM - has to do, represent his electorate."