By Dan Conifer
As the 45th Parliament kicks off, ABC News has been given behind-the-scenes access with new federal politicians before they address the nation for the first time.
First up was Tim Wilson, whose feelings ahead of his first speech to Parliament were “trepidation and responsibility”.
Trepidation on the inside, perhaps, but the freshly-minted MP maintains a cool, confident exterior when we arrive at his office early Wednesday afternoon.
Sitting behind a wooden desk, Mr Wilson is focused on his computer screen, ensuring each word is perfectly placed and spelled.
His navy suit, white shirt and pink-spotted blue tie sit perfectly symmetrical.
No detail is left unattended.
“These are my lucky socks; these are my lucky cufflinks,” he says, moving his leg slightly to expose the blue and purple striped attire.
The handmade cufflinks are wooden with a cream cotton thread. The company’s website says it prides itself on “hand-sewn trimmings for handsome gentlemen”.
“All good things that have ever happened are when I’m wearing these socks and these cufflinks,” Mr Wilson says.
Reaching into his jacket, he retrieves a fob watch his grandfather owned.
“I wore it for my swearing in yesterday in my little pocket … so one day, when I hand it down to another family member, I’ll be able to say: ‘And that was with me on the day I was sworn into the House of Representatives’.”
That day has appeared likely for years.
Mr Wilson is a former policy director at the Institute of Public Affairs — a free market think-tank with ideals and ideas similar to the Liberal Party’s.
The Abbott Government then appointed him to the Australian Human Rights Commission as its so-called “freedom commissioner”.
But despite the high-profile roles — and the speeches each entailed — the 36-year-old says this was a different challenge.
“I’ve delivered many speeches, to the National Press Club [and] to local community events,” he says.