The Deputy of the Governor-General opened the 45th Parliament in the Senate chamber. Following a suspension of sitting, the Governor-General addressed the members of both houses assembled in the Senate chamber. Watch on ParlView
As a result of the double dissolution election, all 76 senators were sworn in. Watch on ParlView
Senator Stephen Parry was elected as President of the Senate, and Senator Sue Lines as Deputy President and Chair of Committees.
The Leader of the Government in the Senate advised the Senate of the Turnbull Ministry and party appointments in the Senate.
The Leader of the Nationals in the Senate, the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, and the Leaders of the Australian Greens, Pauline Hanson's One Nation, and the Nick Xenophon Team advised the Senate of various party appointments.
The Senate agreed to meet again at 9.30 am on Wednesday, 31 August 2016.
The Senate agreed that state senators listed at positions 7 to 12 on the certificate of election of senators for each state shall receive 3 year terms, and those listed at positions 1 to 6 shall receive 6 year terms. Watch on ParlView
- Watch Senator Hume's speech
- Watch Senator Dodson's speech
- Watch Senator Duniam's speech