Prorogation of the 45th Parliament and Dissolution of the House of Representatives

The 45th Parliament was prorogued at 8.29 am on Thursday, 11 April 2019 and the House of Representatives was dissolved at 8.30 am on the same day.

A general election for the House of Representatives and half of the Senate will be held on Saturday, 18 May 2019.

Proclamation 2019

What does this mean for the House of Representatives?

Upon dissolution of the House, all business on the Notice Paper lapses but may be introduced in the next Parliament in the usual way.

House committees and joint committees established by Act or resolution cease to exist but may be re-established in the next Parliament. Any inquiries that were not completed have lapsed and submissions cannot be received.

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Mr David Elder, the Clerk of the House and Mr Paul Singer MVO, Official Secretary to the Governor-General sign the proclamation.

The Official Secretary to the Governor-General (right), the Clerk of the House (back left) and the Serjeant-at-Arms (front) head to the forecourt for the reading of the proclamation.

Mr Paul Singer MVO, Official Secretary to the Governor-General reads the proclamation at the front of Parliament House.

The reading of the proclamation at the front of Parliament House.

Mr David Elder, Clerk of the House places the proclamation on display in front of the House of Representatives.

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