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this morning we will bring you

pick churs of the welcome to

country ceremony at Parliament

House and there it is Parliament resumes today for

the first time since the

election and today's sitting the expected to be a lively

affair. Labor and the Coalition

are at loggerheads over the are at loggerheads over

Deppy speaker's role climate change. The Government Deppy speaker's role and

has outlined its plan for a multiparty committee to

investigate ways to put a price on carbon. The Opposition's

climate action spokesman Greg

Hunt says it's the most secretive parliamentary committee in Australia's

history. It is to our best

understanding the first

committee in will prevent parliamentarians

from sitting on it unless they

sign up to a sign up to a preordained outcome and a belief test. So

it's contrary to parliamentary practice, it's contrary to good democratic practice and it

closes down rather than opens

up debate. We think there's a better way, direct action, start immediately, clean up power stations, 1 July next start immediately, clean up the

year. I think it's important year. I think it's

that we actually do start with

a blank piece of paper actually revisit this issue and a blank piece of paper and

be as objective as we can

rather than have a

Windsor there who made before rather than have a decision

interviewed by Melissa Clarke a Windsor there who was

little earlier and also Greg little earlier and

Hunt and they of course were on

the front lawn of parliament

and for more on that and today's first sitting of the

43rd parliament ABC News 24

joins us again from Canberra political editor Chris Uhlmann

and Chris, I guess it would be

a first to have such debate and

such fiery exchange before

such fiery exchange before this

ceremonial session begins?

That's right, Paul, we are extraordinary because it will be an

extraordinary parliament. The

43rd parliament of Australia is

a hung parliament, the last

time that happened was back in

1941 and to cast your mind back World War and Menzies was then we were during the Second

talking about having a

government of national unity

and the Labor Party refused to

join in so there is history of

parties not getting on when

things are tight like this and parties not getting on when

government during the course of there was a change of

that. So last time around we

had a reasonably secure Labor

majority and it was an

extraordinary time. We lost two Opposition Leaders an we've got a hung parliament. I

have no idea what the next 3 years holds but I guess we can

say it will never be

dull. Going back briefly to climate dull. Going back briefly to the was announced climate change committee that

course the Coalition says it

won't be a part of that. Can

won't be a part of that. Can we

of the announcement there from read anything into the timing

Julia Gillard or was she simply forced by her agreement forced by her agreement with

the Greens to get on with

that? I think the Government

wants to be seen to be getting on with business fairly

quickly. They made much last

week of the fact they'd week of the fact they'd have

in in the first session of around about 40 bills

parliament. A lot of those were

things that hung over from last parliament and a lot

parliament and a lot of bills in parliament are none

controversial so they'd go

through without any through without any kind of

vigorous debate but there are

big ticket item on the big ticket item on

Government agenda that it wants

to get under way. Putting price on carbon is one of them to get under way. Putting a

because it suffered so badly

from backing away from that

during the last term of

parliament. It realised that it was damaged because it to move away from something was damaged because it was seen

that was a matter of principle.

You can move away from a lot

You can move away from a lot of

policy bus when you start to policy bus when you start

back away from things that are a matter of principle that's it's real problem for it. I think a matter back away from things that are real problem for it. I

it's as determined as the

Greens to get an outcome on

this and I think it's more

likely than not that we will

see an outcome. This

committee's going to report in

20 # 1 and that gives Government plenty of time to

either get legislation in place

or have a price on carbon done

and dusted by the time of the

next election. Greg Hunt said

it was a repugnant committee

and of course the Coalition it was a repugnant committee

that won't take part in that. Is

that an ominous warning of what's to come with this entire

parliament in the coming weeks

and months? Yes, well it's said in politics Lindsay Tanner

used to all of the time but Paul, I everyone exaggerates everything

think we can see now coming through the front doors of

parliament, we can see the ceremonial welcome is

beginning. Now this is the Ngambri

Ngambri people, a Ngambri people, a local

Aboriginal tribe, and they are going to be welcome to going to be welcome to country

we'll see the Prime Minister ceremony. After they come out

and we'll see the Opposition Leader and the President of the Senate, the woman

conducting much of this today

will be Matilda House. And as I mentioned

controversy here in Aboriginal dwell on it, there is some

politics about who should be

conducting this ceremony buzz

there are different groups of

people who believe that they

should have the right to do this. But that's another matter. This is the second time

that we've seen this ceremony. You will recall that the

opening of the last parliament

that was famous for its apology to the stolen generations which

happened on the second

Kevin Rudd was Prime Minister then, introduced this and this now will be a feature.

Now,... President of the Senate, the harnable John Hogg will officially open the

proceedings. Prime Minister, the Honorable Julia Gillard

the Honorable Julia Gillard MP, Leader of the Opposition Leader of the Opposition the Honorable Tony Abbott MP, Mrs

Matilda House, harnable senators and members, ladies

and Parliament it is my pleasure to

welcome you here today. Today

we will join honourable senators and members, for the opening of the

members, for the opening of the 43rd Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia. For

the first time a ceremony of

welcome takes place as part of the normal procedures for the normal procedures for the

opening of a new parliament.

This being a resolution of the

Senate and part of the standing

Representatives. In another parliamentary first we parliamentary first we welcome the

the first indigenous member of the House of the House of Representatives,

the Member for Husluck Mr Ken

Wyatt. And I note that there

have been two indigenous

senators in previous

parliaments, former senators Bonner

Bonner and fitting that we meet around the

mosaic for today's ceremony of welcome. The mosaic was

designed by Michael Nelson

Jaggamarra based on his dot

painting poss yult and wallaby

dream. It describes the gather

of a large group of people

meeting to talk and to enact ceremonial obligations. On

ceremonial obligations. On

behalf of the Parliament I now

invite Mrs Matilda conduct the ceremony of welcome.

Good Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. I'd like to acknowledge Prime Minister Julia Gillard, President of the Senate Mr John Hogg, the

Opposition member, senators and

other distinguished guests. And, of course,

And, of course, the Opposition

Leader Mr Tony Abbott. I also

acknowledge the elders and the

ancestors, mine and yours. I

acknowledge all first

Australians and all Australians

who join with us being very proud of this and w come them to this and w come them to this very important occasion.

important occasion. I important occasion. I did order

a nice day but I dn think it

was going to be windy. As you

know my name is Matilda House

and I'm a very, very proud

Nambri woman with a long established

established connection to

Canberra and its surrounding regions as one of the traditional owners Canberra and its surrounding regions traditional owners of regions as traditional owners of this

wonderful land. Many of you

have been interested to know

that the name Canberra is a

direct modern translation of our ancestral group, the

Ngambri. Harry Williams was grand father and

grand father and black Harry grand father and black Harry

Williams also known as Noombra

was my great grandfather, my great, great, great grand father Onyong who ledory family. They led

group at a time when new

Australians first come to this

Australians first come to this

area for the early 1900 s. I am

proud mother and a grandmother

and great grandmother, sister

and aunty to a large extended

family. I also live here in family. I also live here in our

ancestral home. You're going to have a problem.

have a problem. Welcome to have a problem. Welcome to the

land of the Ngambri. We are land of the Ngambri. We are the

people who are proud to be

having our ties to this and our

blood to a long line of

ancestors who have walked this

country for tens of thousands of years. A welcome to acknowledge the custodians of this land. It acknowledge the traditional

pays respects for the ancestors

and the spirits who

created this land. This Aboriginal people as it has

been for thousands of years as

a mark of respect for the land and the custodians. I was fortunate in 2008 to

fortunate in 2008 to perform a

welcome to country for the

opening of the

Parliament. That was an

historic occasion. Being the

first time that Australians

the land on which they met is elected leaders recognised that

also the meeting place of my

ancestors. I am pleased that

the Australian Parliament has recognised the significance

recognised the significance of

this respectful practice and

had amended - and had amended

its standing orders. From now after a general election, the

traditional custodians of this land will invite you to land will invite you to conduct

a welcome to country ser ceremony. All people, all a welcome to country ser -

people right across Australia,

people right across Australia, Aboriginal people Aboriginal people and others,

are proud of this are proud of this cultural protocol. Nelson Jackamarra a wonderful Aboriginal He's from a community of a wonderful Aboriginal art ist.

Northern Territory. The mosaic

tells of the ancient continent

and our oldest tells of the ancient continent

Here today with this smoking and our oldest civilisation.

ceremony and of course with the

dusting of the ochre, we are

telling a modern story of the

coming together of the older

civilisation which newer

generations of this modern

Australia. So I'll talk to you about the smoking ceremony.

about the smoking ceremony.

people first come into country It's a smoking ceremony when It's a smoking ceremony

and it's a smoking ceremony to

welcome those into a place as well. And it does the cleansing ceremonies and we have smoking

ceremonies for all okaig s -

when our babies are born, when we have sorry times course times we have sorry times and of

course times when we are happy

as we are today and the slensing ceremony is there

all those who feel the need to

be smoked will enjoy the

wonderful trees of our country,

the smell of those beautiful

gum leaves. A symbol for this first meeting of first meeting of the ancient

with the modern is another first. I would like to

acknowledge Ken Wyatt, give him

another clap. The first another clap. The

Aboriginal elected to the House

of Representatives and we in this country congratulate you, Ken. Ken parliament two well known Ken. Ken follows into

parliament two well known and

loved senators, Senator Neville Bonner and Senator Aiden Ridgeway.I am pleased that both

parties, the Greens and the

Independents have indicated

their support for the recognition of Aboriginal people in the recognition of Aboriginal

This wide support is critical for successful and for successful and I would urge

all Australians to get all Australians to get behind it. On the occasion of opening of the 43rd

opening of the 43rd Parliament

I welcome you, all the elected representatives of every representatives of every part

of this wonderful nation. With

of a united reconciled nation, this welcome I express the hope

the the oldest living culture

joined with the successful Australia. United in cultures of a modern,

our love for this beautiful

country and a desire for a

better future. This is an acof

recognition and respect for

Aboriginal people and our place

in this country makes an important and welknown in this country makes an

Aboriginal custom a normal part

of parliament business. I

understand each day that Parliament sit understand at the beginning of there's will each day that Parliament sit understand at the beginning of there's will be an each

acknowledgment made of this

wonderful country of wonderful country of the

Ngambri, the people of this

land. I want to pay respect to

all of the members of parliament for

parliament for their new traditions in your traditions in your workplace. This is an appropriate and

respectful practice for the

important business that important business that is

conducted in this House. particularly pleased that particularly pleased that we are holding this ceremony in the forecourt of Parliament House.

House. An of course I just House. An of

spoke about how it was spoke about how it was all

designed by Nelson Michael

Jackamarra. Now I welcome you all here nor the 43rd opening

of Parliament House. Enjoy this

beautiful country

are here. We are striving for

our best and each

parliamentarian has that job to

make sure that we do our best.

Thank you very much for having

us here today for the protocols.

The presentation mean asgreat

lot to us. It comes from far

away in Brewarrina and of

course everything that I wear and take into these and take into these ceremonies they have come from as far as Tasmania, Brewarrina, Tasmania, Brewarrina, South

Australia, nearly every State.

They sent Ken Wyatt from WA.

This is a beautiful boom rang

made of gidgi round wood and

made of gidgi round wood and I

present this to you, Prime

Minister, on behalf of us of Parliament. I hope that Parliament. I hope that you

will accept it and always

treasure the love that was made

by the artist who had done by the artist who had done it.

So thank you very much. Mrs Matilda House will now

conduct the smoking ceremony.

I will now ask my nieces to

come forward and with the

smoking ceremony they will smoking ceremony they will do the dusting of

the dusting of the ochre on the dusting of the ochre on the mosaic.

It's wonderful to know that we can teach our young

children, a generation that

will hold this ceremony in mind.

mind. So thank you very mind. So thank you very much for being with us on this lovely day. Enjoy. The Prime Minister, the Honorable Julia Gillard will

now respond to the welcome to

Thank you very much, and

thank you to Matilda for the

welcome to country, to this beautiful country where our

Parliament stands. I also thank

her for the generous gift which

I receive in the same spirit of

good will with which it has been given. I greet my colleagues, the President of colleagues, the President of the Senate, Opposition, honourable senators

and members and distinguished

guests who have travelled from

all corners of our nation to be

here and share the here and share the significance of this day. I especially greet

Mr Ken Wyatt, the Mr Ken Wyatt, the first indigenous member of the House of Representatives of Representatives whose election is of special significance today. On significance today. On behalf

of the Australian people I

honour the traditional owners and pay my deepest respects to

elders past and present. In

doing so I acknowledge the bond

that our nation's first peoples

have forged with this land countless generation. A bond that is strong and endures. And

we pay our respects to the

ancient and enduring ancient and enduring cultures of our indigenous peoples.

Friends, this wol km to country

affirms a striking truth in the

life of our nation. Words and

symbols matter. They do not substitute for practical action

nor are they meant to. But

words and symbols count because they define respect and understanding that we confer upon our

relationships and they mark relationships and they mark out

the path upon which we, the

people's representative s,

intend to lead our nation. To

begin our proceedings with a

welcome to country is

welcome to country is a powerful demonstration powerful demonstration that Australia's indigenous Australia's indigenous heritage

now lies at the heart of our public life and at the public life and at the heart of

our nation's capital here in the

the heart of the the heart of the House of our people, indigenous Australians

can today celebrate their

identity. I therefore sincerely

welcome the fact that this ceremony is now a standard part

of the proceedings for each of the proceedings for each new parliament and I'm delighted to

say that in this term of office

our public observances of indigenous recognition will go

even further. Every sitting day

we will begin with an acknowledgment of our traditional traditional owners. The Parliament will bipartisan approach to a

referendum bill to amend the

constitution to acknowledge constitution to acknowledge the

first Australians. And a new high-level body, the National

Congress of Australia's First

Peoples, has begun its work. In

all of these things our

symbolism joins with our

commitment to improve the lives

of indigenous Australians. Our

words and symbols are a summons

to more action and better

results. In this term of results. In this term of office we will continue to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait

Islander people on closing the

gap. We will do that in gap. We will do that in a way that respects indigenous people and genuinely values their

perspectives and views. We perspectives and views. We will

work in partnership with indigenous leaders indigenous leaders who

understand as we do that lives are defined by rights and

responsibilities, that a sense of self-worth comes from a

sense of purpose, that there is

simple dignity to be found work and self- reliance.

Friends, let us learn to make

our journey together so our journey together so that every Australian, old and new, can walk with pride in this land that we are land that we are destined to

share forever. Thank you very

much. The Leader of the Opposition, the Honorable Tony Abbott will now respond to the welcome to country. Mr President, Mr Speaker, and gentlemen, representatives

of the Aboriginal peoples of

Australia, it is fitting on a

day redilant with Australia's

British an European heritage

that we should first

acknowledge the ornl peoples of

our country. On behalf of the Coalition I thank you, for your warm and gracious

welcome. More than that, I

thank all the Aboriginal people

of Australia for the welcome that has been given successive waves of settlers.

We like to think that grit and

stoicism and generosity of

spirit are a part of spirit are a part of the Australian character. But Australian character. But no Australians have had more need of these qualities than the Aboriginal people for whom the arrival arrival in this country of

Western civilisation has been a

mixed blessing at best. But I'm

pleased to say that things are changing for the better. When

the first national parliament

convened in Canberra there was but one but one Aboriginal person present, Jimmy Clements,

described by the local paper as a lone representative of a vanishing race. But far from

vanishing, Aboriginal people

are proudly present in are proudly present in this parliament, not visitors, not just as

dignitaries, but today as

members, particularly in the person of Ken Wyatt, the Member

for Hasluck who deserves to be

honoured especially today and

let me say that almost nothing

gives me more pride gives me more pride than gives me more pride than having

in the ranks of the Liberal Party an the House of Representatives. Noel Pearson has said that

modern Australia rests on two great pillars, a British heritage and an Aboriginal one. heritage and an Aboriginal one. Parliamentary democracy has

been Britain's foremost gift to

the world and here in

we now rightly begin the

parliamentary term with this

incorporation into

parliamentary democracy of the

world's oldest cultures. May the 43rd Parliament be one

which does form far more which does form far more than

simply acknowledge the Aboriginal peoples of Australia

and their aspirations. May it work to preserve Aboriginal

high culture, may it foster

Aboriginal education, may it

promote Aboriginal employment,

may it permit Aboriginal land

to be an economic as well as

to be an economic as well as a

spiritual asset. May this

the interests of all Australians including the most disadvantaged and may we be able to able to say at its close that we have been true to the best

of all the many traditions that

have shaped this great nation.

I'd now like to

parliamentarian s to please come and respect come and respect our culture of the smoking ceremony. the smoking ceremony. Please

move forward and get a cleansing. It helps.