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     2   MESSAGE FROM HIS 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 His 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:

His Excellency the Governor-General has appointed me as his 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, General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d), Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, acting under section 126 of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Australia and Clause IV of the Letters Patent dated 21 August 2008 relating to the office of Governor-General, appoint THE HONOURABLE SUSAN MARY KIEFEL 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 June 2019.

Dated 1 July 2019

DAVID HURLEY

Governor-General

By His Excellency’s Command

SCOTT MORRISON

Prime Minister

 

 

 

The Deputy then said:

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

I have it in command from His Excellency the Governor-General to let you know that, after Members of the Senate and Members of the House of Representatives shall have been sworn, the causes of His Excellency calling this Parliament will be declared by him in person at this place; and, it being necessary that a President of the Senate and a Speaker of the House of Representatives shall be first chosen, you, Members of the Senate, will proceed to choose a person to be your President, and 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 respectively present the persons whom you have chosen to His Excellency the Governor-General at such time and place as he shall appoint.

The Honourable Stephen Gageler 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—