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Gichuhi: I'm no accidental senator

Senator Lucy Gichuhi makes her first speech in parliament

Australia's newest senator says citizenship is not a right but a privilege. Kenyan-born independent Lucy Gichuhi sat down with SBS before giving her first speech in the senate on 21 June. And in the speech, she said she will fight for education, the elderly and freedom of conscience. Omar Dabbagh has the story. 

Lucy Gichuhi is in the Senate after the High Court ruled former Family First senator Bob Day was invalid.

 

As number two on the party ticket, Senator Gichuhi was found to be the next eligible candidate.

 

But she rejects being called the "accidental senator."

 

"I don't call it accidental, I call it preparation. And when you are preparing, and preparation meets opportunity, that is the intersection we refer to as 'accidental,' 'luck.' But there's nothing accidental or, you know, luck about putting up your hand to be on a ticket, which is where all this started."

 

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