Tim Hammond talks up Perth in maiden speech to Federal Parliament

Perth MHR Tim Hammond giving his maiden Parliamentary speech.
Perth MHR Tim Hammond giving his maiden Parliamentary speech.

PERTH MHR Tim Hammond gave his maiden speech in Federal parliament yesterday, calling the Perth electorate a “wonderful culturally rich place”.

Mr Hammond, who represents City of Bayswater and Town of Bassendean residents, has been assigned assistant shadow portfolios by Labor including resources, WA, innovation, the digital economy and start-ups.

“I could extol the virtues of my local community until you have all gone home and the lights are out,” he told the House of Representatives.

Mr Hammond said it was a “hard fought and gruelling campaign” to keep the seat of Perth.

He told members that as a 20-year-old he was inspired by Papua New Guinea tribesman Rex Dagi who successfully took on BHP over river pollution.

Mr Hammond later became a barrister and represented many people who were dying from mesothelioma and lung cancer.

During his election campaign, Mr Hammond and Federal Labor promised put $1 million toward a Bayswater town centre structure plan if the party was elected.