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Anthony Albanese’s agenda laid bare ahead of Australia’s 47th Parliament opening on Tuesday

Climate change, cost of living and a “confronting” Budget update are set to dominate the first week of Australia’s new Parliament.

Tackling the aged care, labour and domestic violence crises will also be high on Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s legislative agenda when the 47th Parliament opens on Tuesday.

A total of 151 MPs and 72 senators will be sworn in and a new House Speaker and Senate President will need to be elected to take over from Liberal MPs Andrew Wallace and Slade Brockman, respectively.

In the upper house, West Australian Labor senator Sue Lines is expected to be elected president. It would be the first time in 26 years a female president has been installed in the Senate.

Senator Sue Lines, she was one of the jurors who sat in on Pinder’s first ever trial
Camera IconWest Australian Labor senator Sue Lines. Credit: Andrew Ritchie/The West Australian

Queensland Labor MP Milton Dick will have the support of his colleagues to rise to Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Governor-General David Hurley will outline the Labor Government’s priorities for the next three years in an address to parliament.

For the first time in nine years, Labor MPs will sit on the right hand side of the lower house chamber and take questions from the crossbench and Opposition.

The Opposition is expected to hammer the Government about the foot-and-mouth disease outbreak in Indonesia and the protective biosecurity measures announced so far. Labor has been criticised for not acting quickly enough and there have even been calls from some quarters for flights from Indonesia to be banned.

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