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No. 49/2010

Monday, 27 September 2010

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On the first day of each sitting week the Senate Daily Summary outlines the business scheduled for consideration in the Senate. On subsequent days, it provides a convenient summary of the previous day’s proceedings in the Senate, with links to official Senate records.

Another document useful in tracking the business of the Senate is the Dynamic Red, which records proceedings in the Senate as they happen.

43rd Parliament

The 43rd Parliament will be opened on 28 September by the Deputy of the Governor-General in the Senate chamber (see pages 3 and 4 for an outline of the program).

As agreed to by both Houses on 23 June 2010 [see Journals of the Senate and Votes and Proceedings], a Welcome to Country ceremony will take place on the Forecourt of Parliament House prior to the opening.

After the opening of the Parliament, Senators Humphries and Lundy (representing the Australian Capital Territory) and Crossin and Scullion (representing the Northern Territory) will be sworn in.

In the afternoon, Her Excellency the Governor-General will address members and senators. The address-in-reply (the Senate’s response to the Governor-General’s speech) is programmed for debate in the Senate during the week.

Other business

Since the prorogation of the 42nd Parliament in July 2010, a large number of documents have been presented out of sitting. These will be tabled on 28 September. Click here for a complete list of these documents.

During the week the Senate is expected to establish its sitting pattern for the remainder of the year, and dates for supplementary budget estimates. The programs for estimates hearings will be available online. The Senate is also expected to appoint members to Senate committees and move to reappoint joint committees.

 

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Online

The Senate Daily Summary is available on the Internet at www.aph.gov.au/senate

It is issued by the Senate Table Office as a convenient summary of each day’s proceedings in the Senate. For a complete account see the official record, the Journals of the Senate, on the Internet at http://www.aph.gov.au/senate/pubs/index.htm

Related resources

The Order of Business (or ‘Senate Red’) and the Dynamic Red (which updates the Order of Business throughout the sitting day) are also available on the Internet at www.aph.gov.au/senate

Contact details

Inquiries, comments and suggestions:
phone 6277 3021
e-mail: sds@aph.gov.au

 

OPENING OF PARLIAMENT 28 SEPTEMBER 2010

The events and approximate times associated with the Opening of Parliament on Tuesday 28 September 2010, will be:

Morning Proceedings

8.50am


9.00am

Senators and members assemble on Forecourt for Welcome to Country Ceremony [restricted to senators and members and invited guests only].

Welcome to Country Ceremony [televised in theatrette and on channel 15 of house monitoring system].

10.15am

Forecourt/Foyer – arrival of the Deputy of the Governor-General, the Hon Robert French AC, Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia.

10.25am

Senate and House bells ring

10.30am

Senate and House assemble. Deputy directs Black Rod to request members to attend Senate Chamber

10.40am

Senate Chamber – The Deputy addresses both Houses and opens the Parliament.
Deputy and members retire

10.45am

Senate Chamber – Swearing-in of territory senators

10.55am
(approx)

House of Representatives Chamber – Swearing-in of members by Deputy

Senate suspends.

11.35am
(approx)

Forecourt/Foyer – The Deputy departs Parliament House

House of Representatives Chamber – Election of Speaker. At conclusion House suspends.

For the morning proceedings staff and members of the public are welcome to view proceedings in the public galleries of the Senate. Seats will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. The public galleries in the House of Representatives will be occupied by invited guests but limited seating will be available in the first and second floor galleries.

Afternoon Proceedings

2.00pm

Forecourt – Her Excellency the Governor-General, Ms Quentin Bryce AC and Mr Bryce arrive. The Governor-General receives the Royal Salute and inspects the Guard and Band.

2.25pm

House bells ring

2.30pm

Members assemble and proceed to Members’ Hall.

The Speaker and members of the House of Representatives are presented to the Governor-General.

2.55pm

Senate bells ring.

3.00pm

Senate Chamber – The Governor-General directs Black Rod to request members to attend the Senate Chamber.

The Governor-General addresses both Houses.

3.20-3.40pm
(approx)

At the conclusion of the Opening Speech a 19 Gun Salute is fired from Federation Mall.

After the Governor-General is escorted from the chamber, members return to their chamber.

4.00pm

Members’ Hall – Afternoon Tea is served to invited guests.

4.35pm

Forecourt – The Governor-General departs Parliament House.

For the afternoon proceedings access to galleries in the Senate Chamber is restricted to invited guests. Events will be screened on the house monitoring system on channel 15 (full coverage), 1(Reps), 2 (Senate) and in the theatrette.

4.55pm

Senate and House bells ring.

5.00pm

Senate and House assemble (both chambers open to the public).

During the various events connected with the Opening, areas of the building will be closed to all but participants and invited guests. The public car park will be open as usual but spaces will be limited. There will be short road closures on Parliament Drive. We ask for the co-operation of all occupants of the building when areas of the building are closed for ceremonies and processions.

 

Brien Hallett                                                                                       Claressa Surtees
Usher of the Black Rod                                                                      Serjeant-at-Arms

 

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