Kristina Keneally says her stillborn daughter 'changed her forever' in maiden speech

 Kristina Keneally is congratulated by Senator Jenny McAllister after delivering her maiden speech in the Senate. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Kristina Keneally is congratulated by Senator Jenny McAllister after delivering her maiden speech in the Senate. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Stillbirth was an insidious health crisis on which Australia had made virtually no strides despite health improvements in other areas, Senator Keneally said. Six babies die each day - 2200 a year - and "the rate of stillbirth has not changed in Australia in decades," she said, vowing to make it a priority in this second act of her political career. "Surely we can do better than that as a nation."

Senator Keneally has hit the ground running, with the Senate on Tuesday agreeing to an inquiry to examine the economic impact of stillbirth, research needs and options for sustainable funding.