Several teal independents are challenging a longstanding convention that threatens their ability to deliver a maiden parliamentary speech and are prepared to forego the opportunity in order to debate the government’s legislation enacting its 43 per cent climate target.
Under the convention, MPs who engage in parliamentary debate before having delivered a maiden speech sacrifice the chance to deliver it at a later date.
In effect, their first contribution to debate in the chamber would become their maiden speech to parliament.
Ms Tink told The Australian she would forego her first speech in order to contribute to the climate debate if the government refused to negotiate on the four main changes she wanted to make to its legislation.
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