Posted by Senator Mehreen Faruqi
Dr Mehreen Faruqui, the newly elected Greens Senator in the Australian Federal Parliament reflects on her maiden speech given on Tuesday 21 August 2018 as the hundredth woman and the first Muslim to sit in the chamber.
When I gave my first speech to the Australian Senate on Tuesday evening as a Greens Senator, the hundredth woman and the first Muslim woman to sit in that chamber, I said that “People are right to say we need big, bold, fearless ideas”.
We face wicked problems that demand radical solutions. We must reject simplistic solutions and tackle the root causes.