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2013 My First Speech competition winners announced

Speaker of the House of Representatives Anna Burke has announced the winners of the 2013 My First Speech competition. They are:

1st place - Johnson Ye, Perth Modern School, Western Australia

2nd place -  Soraya Pradhan, Seymour College, South Australia

3rd place - Jacob Kerspien, St Stephen’s School, Western Australia

The other finalists were:

Benjamin Armstrong
Emily Baulch
Anabelle Keaney
Tha Lai Hser
Madeleine Lamb
Jack McKay
Lana Wyatt

Videos of the winners' and finalists' entries are now available from this page.

There were 96 entries from all parts of Australia.

Ms Burke said the essence of a great first speech in the House of Representatives is to be able to present universal issues through the concerns, hopes and aspirations of the people you represent.

“It is clear Johnson, Soraya and Jacob have met this challenge wonderfully and created statements that would sit comfortably with the many memorable first speeches delivered in this parliament over the years,” Ms Burke said.

All three winners came to Canberra to present their speeches at Australia’s Parliament House, as part of the 25th anniversary Open Day on Saturday 24 August 2013.

Congratulations to all who participated.

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