CONTROVERSIAL Cook MP Billy Gordon harkened back to his murky past in Queensland Parliament, but refused "to be defined by my worst moments".
The father-of-five who admitted in parliament two weeks ago he had not paid part of his child support, thanked his children for their support.
But Mr Gordon has denied accusations he abused two former partners.
He thanked his current partner for standing with him throughout the scandal, including revelations of a criminal history when he was younger, which erupted after he was elected as a Labor MP.
Although Mr Gordon was essentially forced to leave Labor, he acknowledged the party during his maiden speech to parliament today.
"There will always be more that unites us than divides us," he said.
But Mr Gordon said he would now be driven by what it takes to bring about change, not ideology.
He said he would work with everyone to achieve that, no matter "who they are or their political party".
Mr Gordon also spoke of his determination to become a politician with indigenous heritage.
"I did not want to be the typical black story," he said.
- APN NEWSDESK
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