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Opening of the 44th Parliament

Today marked the opening day of the 44th Parliament.

In a largely ceremonial day, new Members were administered the Oath or Affirmation of Allegiance and a new Speaker of the House of Representatives elected.

As expected, the Hon Bronwyn bishop MP, was elected to preside over the new Parliament; the first woman from the conservative side of politics to assume the Parliament’s highest office.

Her Excellency the Governor-General delivered the Opening Speech which, by convention, is prepared by the Government of the day and outlines its forward legislative agenda.

Consistent with the Coalition’s pre-election commitments, several key priorities for the Abbott Government were identified, including:

  1. Repealing the Carbon Tax
  2. Building a strong, prosperous economy
  3. Strengthening border protection
  4. Building the roads of the 21st century

To read the Governor-General’s Opening Speech, click here.

The House also began its formal business, with the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition informing the Parliament of the composition of the Ministry and Shadow Ministry respectively.

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