How to address Senators and Members

Prime Minister

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The Hon. Tony Abbott, MP Prime Minister of Australia

Salutation

Dear Prime Minister

Conclusion

Yours faithfully

How to address orally

Prime Minister or Mr Abbott

 

President of the Senate (when writing formally)

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Senator the Hon. John Hogg President of the Senate

Salutation

Dear Mr President

Conclusion

Yours faithfully

How to address orally

Mr President or Senator Hogg

 

President of the Senate (when writing to the President in their electoral capacity)

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Senator the Hon. John Hogg

Salutation

Dear Senator or Senator Hogg

Conclusion

Yours faithfully

How to address orally

Senator

 

Speaker of the House of Representatives (when writing formally)

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The Hon Mrs Bishop, MP Speaker of the House of Representatives

Salutation

Dear Madam Speaker

Conclusion

Yours faithfully

How to address orally

Madam Speaker

 

Speaker of the House of Representatives (when writing to the Speaker in their electoral capacity)

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The Hon Mrs Bishop, MP Speaker of the House of Representatives

Salutation

Dear Mrs Bishop

Conclusion

Yours faithfully

How to address orally

Madam Speaker

 

Minister (Senate)

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Senator the Hon. Eric Abetz, Minister for Employment

Salutation

Dear Minister

Conclusion

Yours faithfully

How to address orally

Minister or Senator

   

Minister (House of Representatives)

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The Hon. Christopher Pyne, MP Minister for Education

Salutation

Dear Minister

Conclusion

Yours faithfully

How to address orally

Minister or Mr Pyne

   

Assistant Treasurer (Senate)

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Senator the Hon. Arthur Sinodinos AO, Assistant Treasurer

Salutation

Dear Assistant Treasurer

Conclusion

Yours faithfully

How to address orally

Minister or Senator

   

Assistant Minister (House of Representatives)

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The Hon. Sussan Ley, Assistant Minister for Education

Salutation

Dear Assistant Minister

Conclusion

Yours faithfully

How to address orally

Minister or Ms Ley

   

Parliamentary Secretary (Senate)

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Senator the Hon. Scott Ryan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education

Salutation

Dear Senator Ryan

Conculsion

Yours faithfully

How to address orally

Senator Ryan

   

Parliamentary Secretary (House of Representatives)

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The Hon. Darren Chester, MP Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence

Salutation

Dear Mr Chester

Conculsion

Yours faithfully

How to address orally

Mr Chester

   

Senator

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Senator Richard Di Natale, Senator for Victoria

Salutation

Dear Senator

Conclusion

Yours faithfully

How to address orally

Senator

   

Member (House of Representatives)

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Mr Michael Danby, MP

Salutation

Dear Sir

Conclusion

Yours faithfully

How to address orally

Mr Danby

Who can use the title Honourable?

A Member or Senator who becomes a Minister is appointed to the Executive Council and thus has the title ‘Honourable’ while they remain Executive Councillors. It rests with the Governor-General to continue or terminate membership of the Executive Council and consequently the right to the title. With one exception, Ministers appointed to the Executive Council have not in the past had their appointment to the Council terminated upon termination of their commission and hence have retained the title ‘Honourable’ for life. Parliamentary Secretaries also have the title ‘Honourable’ when, as has been the recent practice, they have been appointed to the Executive Council. It is established custom for a Member who is elected Speaker to use the title ‘Honourable’ during his or her period of office and to be granted the privilege of retaining the title for life if he or she serves in the office for three or more years. Source: House of Representatives Practice (5th edition)

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