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ATTENDANCE OF THE DEPUTY OF THE GOVERNOR-GENERAL—OPENING OF THE 44TH PARLIAMENT

The Deputy of Her Excellency the Governor-General, the Honourable Robert French, AC, Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia, was announced by the Usher of the Black Rod, entered the chamber and took the chair.

The Deputy directed the Usher of the Black Rod to let the members of the House of Representatives know that he desired their attendance in the Senate chamber.

The members of the House of Representatives attended.

The Deputy addressed the members of both Houses, as follows:

 Members of the Senate and members of the House of Representatives: Her Excellency the Governor-General has appointed me as her Deputy to declare open the Parliament of the Commonwealth. The Clerk of the Senate will now read the instrument of appointment.

The Clerk read the instrument, as follows:

APPOINTMENT OF A DEPUTY OF THE

GOVERNOR-GENERAL

to declare open the parliament

 I, QUENTIN ALICE LOUISE BRYCE AC CVO, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, acting under section 126 of the Constitution and Clause IV of the Letters Patent dated 21 August 2008 relating to the office of Governor-General, appoint THE HONOURABLE ROBERT SHENTON FRENCH AC, Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia, to be my deputy to declare open the Parliament of the
Commonwealth at the time and place appointed by the Proclamation published in the Commonwealth of Australia Gazette.

 Dated 1 November 2013

Quentin Bryce

Governor-General

 By Her Excellency's Command

 Tony Abbott

 Prime Minister.

The Deputy declared open the 44th Parliament of the Commonwealth and further addressed the members of both Houses, as follows:

 Members of the Senate and members of the House of Representatives: Her Excellency the Governor-General has commanded me to let you know that, after certain members of the Senate and members of the House of Representatives have been sworn, the Governor-General will declare in person at this place the causes of her calling the Parliament together.

 First it is necessary that a Speaker of the House of Representatives be chosen and, therefore, you, members of the House of Representatives, will now return to the House of Representatives and choose a person to be your Speaker. Later today, you will present the person you have chosen to the Governor-General at a time and place appointed by her.

 I will now attend in the House of Representatives for the purpose of administering the oath or affirmation of allegiance to honourable members of that House.

The Deputy then retired and the members of the House of Representatives also retired.