Opening of the 44th Parliament

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

The opening of a new Parliament is a day of ceremony and tradition. At the opening of the 44th Parliament, an Indigenous ceremony of welcome was held in the Great Hall; the Parliament was officially opened; Members of the House of Representatives and Territory Senators were sworn in. In the House of Representatives, Hon Bronwyn Bishop MP was elected as Speaker,  and in the afternoon, an opening address was given by Her Excellency the Governor-General, the Honourable Quentin Bryce AC CVO.

This page provides a photogallery of events throughout the day and links to video replays of the day's proceedings.

A video presentation at the foot of this page uses footage from previous openings to show what happens on the opening day of a new parliament.

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Watch Opening of Parliament replay

Video of the Opening of Parliament proceedings is available on ParlView.

Usher of the Black Rod and the Serjeant-at-Arms with performers prepare for the Welcome to Country ceremony.
Usher of the Black Rod and the Serjeant-at-Arms with performers prepare for the Welcome to Country ceremony.

Thumbnail image: Ngambri elder, Matilda House, addresses the gathering at the Welcome to Country ceremony.
Ngambri elder, Matilda House, addresses the gathering at the Welcome to Country ceremony.

thumbnail image: Welcome to Country ceremony performers leave the Great Hall
Welcome to Country ceremony performers leave the Great Hall

Thumbnail image: Welcome to Country ceremony performers leave the Great Hall
Welcome to Country ceremony participants leave the Great Hall

Thumbnail image: The Prime Minister, Hon Tony Abbott MP and the Leader of the Opposition, Hon Bill Shorten MP, with performers from the Welcome to Country ceremony.
The Prime Minister, Hon Tony Abbott MP and the Leader of the Opposition, Hon Bill Shorten MP, with performers from the Welcome to Country ceremony.

Thumbnail image: Ken Wyatt MP, Matilda House and Senator Nova Peris.
Ken Wyatt MP, Senator Nova Peris and Ngambri elder, Matilda House, on the forecourt of Parliament House.

Thumbnail image: Hon Bronwyn Bishop MP with Ngambri elder, Matilda House, and Paul House on the forecourt of Parliament House
Hon Bronwyn Bishop MP with Ngambri elder, Matilda House and Paul House on the forecourt of Parliament House

Thumbnail image: The Smoking Ceremony on the Great Verandah of Parliament House.
The Smoking Ceremony on the Great Verandah of Parliament House.

Thumbnail image: Deputy of the Governor-General, the Honourable Robert French AC, Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia, in the Speaker's Chair of the House of Representatives
Deputy of the Governor-General, the Honourable Robert French AC, Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia, in the Speaker's Chair of the House of Representatives.

Members' swearing in ceremony
Swearing-in of Members of the House of Representatives
Members' swearing in ceremony
Swearing-in of Members of the House of Representatives
Leader of the House, Hon Christopher Pyne MP and the Prime Minister, Hon Tony Abbott MP lead the newly-elected Speaker, Hon Bronwyn Bishop MP to the Speaker's Chair.
Leader of the House, Hon Christopher Pyne MP and the Prime Minister, Hon Tony Abbott MP lead the newly-elected Speaker, Hon Bronwyn Bishop MP to the Speaker's Chair.
Speaker Bishop in the chair, House of Representatives chamber
Speaker Bishop takes the chair in the House of Representatives chamber

Hon Bronwyn Bishop MP, Speaker of the House of Representatives
Hon Bronwyn Bishop MP, Speaker of the House of Representatives

The Guard and Band on the forecourt of Parliament House.
The Guard and Band on the forecourt of Parliament House.
Her Excellency the Governor-General, the Honourable Quentin Bryce AC CVO receives the Royal Salute on the forecourt of Parliament House.
Her Excellency the Governor-General, the Honourable Quentin Bryce AC CVO receives the Royal Salute on the forecourt of Parliament House.
Her Excellency the Governor-General, the Honourable Quentin Bryce AC CVO inspects the Guard and Band on the forecourt of Parliament House.
Her Excellency the Governor-General, the Honourable Quentin Bryce AC CVO inspects the Guard and Band on the forecourt of Parliament House.
The Serjeant-at-Arms leads the Speaker and members of the House of Representatives to be presented to the Governor-General.
The Serjeant-at-Arms leads the Speaker and members of the House of Representatives to be presented to the Governor-General.
The Governor-General and the Speaker, the Hon Bronwyn Bishop MP.
The Governor-General and the Speaker, the Hon Bronwyn Bishop MP.
The Speaker presents the Hon Tony Abbott MP, Prime Minister of Australia, to the Governor-General.
The Speaker presents the Hon Tony Abbott MP, Prime Minister of Australia, to the Governor-General.
 The Usher of the Black Rod.
The Usher of the Black Rod.

A new parliament - what happens on the first day of Parliament

Using footage from previous opening days, this video shows how Opening Day procedures have been conducted in the past. More information is available from the Infosheet and Senate Brief links below.

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