44th Parliament—Second session
The second session of the 44th Parliament will be opened on 18 April at 9.30 am by the Governor-General in the Senate chamber (the following is an outline of the program):
Opening of the 2nd Session of the 44th Parliament
18th April 2016
On 21 March 2016 the Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), issued a proclamation summoning the Parliament to meet at 9.30am on Monday 18th April 2016. The Governor-General will open the session in the Senate chamber on 18th April 2016, arriving under the Great Verandah at the Main Front Entrance at approximately 9.15am.
Due to the arrival of the Governor-General access to some areas of the precinct and building will be briefly restricted. Shortly after 9.00am there may be a temporary road closure on Parliament Drive and a temporary closure of the Main Front Entrance to facilitate the arrival of the official party. We ask for the co-operation of all building occupants at this time.
The Senate and the House of Representatives will assemble at 9.30am in their respective chambers. In the Senate the Clerk will read the proclamation calling Parliament together and the Governor-General will be announced by the Usher of the Black Rod. The Governor-General will then direct the Black Rod to let the members of the House of Representatives know that he desires their attendance in the Senate chamber. In the House of Representatives, the Clerk will read the proclamation, and the Speaker will then make an acknowledgement of country and read prayers. Members will then await a message from the Governor-General, and following receipt of this, will attend the Senate.
When the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives are in attendance, the Governor-General will address the members of both Houses to declare the cause of calling the Parliament together. The Governor-General will then withdraw followed by the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives.
The sitting of the Senate will then be suspended for approximately half an hour to allow for resetting of the chamber, followed by the resumption of the routine of business. The Members of the House of Representatives will return to the House and the routine of business will resume immediately.
The opening of the 2nd Session of the 44th Parliament will be broadcast on Channel 115 and will be shown in the Theatre. Proceedings in the Senate and the House of Representatives will be broadcast on the House Monitoring Service as usual.
The public galleries in the Senate will be open as with a normal sitting day on a first-come first-seated basis. The galleries will be open at 8.45am. Those intending to view the proceedings from the galleries should arrive in good time to undergo cloaking and screening and take a seat before proceedings start at 9.30am.
For queries please contact the Black Rod's Office on (02) 6277 3396 or Blackrod.Sen@aph.gov.au or the Serjeant-at-Arms' Office on (02) 6277 4889 or SerjeantatArms.Reps@aph.gov.au.