Magenta Marshall gives first speech in State Parliament

Magenta Marshall during her first speech to State Parliament. PIC: Parliament of Western Australia

Magenta Marshall has given her inaugural speech to State Parliament as the new member for Rockingham.

Ms Marshall, who won the by-election in July, became the youngest MP in WA Parliament after being sworn in last week.

On Tuesday, the 28-year-old gave her maiden speech.

"It is an honour to make history as the 30th woman elected to this parliament, giving women majority of representation in this house for the first time," she said.

Ms Marshall acknowledged her mother and her adoptive father.

"My mum has always been my role model and biggest inspiration," she said.

"When things got personal during the campaign, my mum encouraged me to stay strong and reminded me that kindness always wins.

"Dad has been in my life since before I was three, he's the father to my two younger sisters Sophie and Summer and is the only father I have ever known."

The new MP said she is proud to call Waikiki her home.

"Like many young couples, my husband Jake and I chose to stay in Waikiki when we purchased our first home due to the areas close proximity to the beach, its strong sense of community, its affordability and its connection to local amenities like the Rockingham Train Line."

"It's a wonderful community and a beautiful place to raise a family, something I hope to do one day."

Ms Marshall she hoped to bring “fresh perspective to debates” as the youngest MP and "support young Western Australians in the challenges they face". 

As a keen local sports player herself, Ms Marshall highlighted the importance of community sport and the influence the Matildas have had on women's sport.

“Although I didn’t have the privilege of watching the Matildas play when I was growing up, thanks to Dad, I never felt like I was any less a player than the boys,” she said.

“It’s been heartwarming to know that young girls growing up around Australia are watching women play professional sport and seeing that as an opportunity for their own lifetime,” she said.

“The Matildas have shown young girls they can be competitive, strong, feisty, athletic and ambitious — on and off the pitch.”

Ms Marshall also paid tribute to Mark McGowan who held the seat of Rockingham since 1996.

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