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      2   MESSAGE FROM HER EXCELLENCY’S DEPUTY BY THE USHER OF THE BLACK ROD

The following message was delivered by the Usher of the Black Rod:

Honourable Members,

The Deputy of Her Excellency the Governor-General desires your attendance in the Senate Chamber.

Accordingly Members of the House of Representatives went to the Senate Chamber, where 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 instrument was read as follows:

I, QUENTIN ALICE LOUISE BRYCE, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, acting under section 126 of the Constitution and Clause IV of the Letters Patent dated 21 August 1984 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 on 21 September 2010.

Dated 17 September 2010

QUENTIN BRYCE

Governor-General

By Her Excellency’s Command

JULIA GILLARD

Prime Minister

 

 

 

The Deputy then said:

Members of the Senate and Members of the House of Representatives:

I have it in command from Her Excellency the Governor-General to let you know that, after certain Members of the Senate and Members of the House of Representatives shall have been sworn, the causes of Her Excellency calling this Parliament together will be declared by her in person at this place; and, it being necessary that a Speaker of the House of Representatives shall be first chosen, you, Members of the House of Representatives, will now return to the House of Representatives and choose a person to be your Speaker; and later this day you will present the person whom you have chosen to Her Excellency the Governor-General at such time and place as she shall appoint.

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

And thereupon Members of the House returned to their own Chamber, and, after an interval of some minutes—