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20 millionth visitor to Federal Parliament.

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The Senate President, Tasmanian Liberal Senator Paul Calvert, and the Speaker of

the House, Neil Andrew, today welcomed the 20 millionth visitor to Parliament House

in Canberra, since it opened on 9 May 1988.

The 20 millionth visitor was Mrs Robyn Kelly of Benalla in Victoria, who was visiting

Canberra with her husband, Dr Paul Kelly.

“I was delighted to welcome Dr and Mrs Kelly to Parliament House,” Senator Calvert


“It is a significant statistic that, in just sixteen years, a number equivalent to the entire

population of Australia has visited Parliament House.

“Among those visitors has been an estimated 5 million Australian school students,

who have participated in the Parliament’s educational programmes - programmes

which I strongly support,” Senator Calvert said.

Dr and Mrs Kelly had morning tea with the Presiding Officers and later went on a VIP

tour of Parliament House. They later visited question time in both the Senate and the

House of Representatives.

“We in Australia are often accused of being cynical about politics. Perhaps it is

sometimes justified, but it is great to see how many Australians and overseas visitors

choose to visit our national Parliament,” Senator Calvert said.

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