Peter Poulos was elected to the Legislative Council in 2021 to fill a casual vacancy following the retirement of the Hon John Ajaka.
Peter has a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting and Finance from the University of New South Wales (1998). After graduating, he worked in the Banking and Finance sector.
He has been a member of the Liberal Party of Australia (NSW Division) since 1993 and was previously elected Urban Vice President during the term when the Hon Arthur Sinodinos AO was Party President. Peter was a member of the NSW State Executive, Liberal Party of Australia, NSW Division (2008-2012), Chair of the Local Government Oversight Committee, Treasurer of Liberal Friends of Greece, Member of the Convention Committee and held numerous office bearer positions and campaign related roles.
Peter Poulos' Inaugural Speech
Some words about Peter Poulos
The Hon. PETER POULOS (00:17): Last night during my inaugural speech I made reference to the late Neville Bonner, AO. I feel that I have an obligation to expand on my remarks because Neville Bonner was so deserving and it is incumbent on all of us, especially those members on this side of the Chamber, to appropriately recognise and celebrate the contributions of our political heroes. Neville Bonner was a trailblazer. This is not a term I apply lightly. He was courageous, forthright and dignified. He had real poise. I respectfully acknowledge his contributions to our nation and celebrate his life.
I will dedicate my tribute specifically to the inaugural speech made by Neville Bonner on 8 September 1971. This was a historic and seminal moment in the political history of Australia and I consider myself so privileged to be able to reflect on it. Honourable members are no doubt aware that this year marks the fiftieth anniversary of Neville Bonner formally making his address as the first self-identified Indigenous Australian to enter the Commonwealth Parliament. He revealed so much of himself and the struggle of our Indigenous First Australians.
Neville Bonner was a Jagera man born in 1922 on Ukerebagh Island, Tweed Heads. That might not be widely known, since he was elected as a Liberal senator for Queensland. I truly marvel at his courage. Importantly, one really must appreciate the unique context of the times. Try to think of those times and place yourself in his position. It was 1971. Some members may have been born, but I was not. Neville Bonner projected a proud and defiant message to the nation, and invited everyone to try to connect with the plight of Aboriginal people. He delivered a truly incredible oration. I encourage honourable members to familiarise themselves with his speeches, to absorb his spirit and his message. Neville Bonner spoke on behalf of his Elders, past, present and emerging. With the indulgence of the House, I will share some of the more moving observations made by Neville Bonner, who applied a gentle prose while delivering a painful account of history. Humbly, he revealed much about himself when he stated:
I have graduated through the university of hard knocks. My teacher was experience.
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