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MPs, senators gather for 47th parliament


The House of Representatives and Senate are sitting for the first time since Labor won the May election. The first sitting fortnight runs from July 26 to August 4.


* MPs and senators will attend an ecumenical church service on Tuesday morning

* This will be followed by an Indigenous welcome to country in the Great Hall

* High Court Chief Justice Susan Kiefel will attend the Senate chamber where she will address the members of both houses and formally open the 47th parliament

* The swearing-in of senators and members, and the election of the Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives then take place in the respective chambers

* During an adjournment, Governor-General David Hurley will receive the royal salute and inspect the guard in the Parliament House forecourt

* The new Senate President and Speaker will be presented to the governor-general in the Members’ Hall

* The governor-general will then proceed to the Senate chamber and summon MPs, before addressing them. At the conclusion of his address there will be a 19-gun salute on the forecourt

* First speeches will be delivered by: Sally Sitou (Labor, Reid), Zaneta Mascarenhas (Labor, Swan), Aaron Violi (Liberal, Casey) and Zoe Daniel (Independent, Goldstein).

* The two houses will sit from 5pm and adjourn around 7.30pm.


* The new Speaker will be Queensland Labor MP Milton Dick

* The new Senate President is expected to be WA Labor senator Sue Lines

* Labor plans to introduce 18 bills, dealing with: aged care reform, a new carbon emissions target, paid domestic violence leave, the establishment of Jobs and Skills Australia, the abolition of the cashless debit card

* 35 new members and 12 new senators will give their first speeches

* Crossbenchers will receive three questions, up from one, during Question Time in the lower house from Wednesday

* Treasurer Jim Chalmers will deliver an economic statement on Thursday, ahead of the Albanese government’s first budget in October

* Former prime minister Scott Morrison won’t be attending the first week due to a prior commitment to a trip to Japan for meetings

* Total of 40 sitting days for the year is less than 2021 (67) and 2020 (58) and the average of the past three election years (48).

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