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Wednesday, 10 May 2000
Page: 16171

Mr SPEAKER (2:00 PM) —I advise the House that earlier today, in company with the President of the Senate, I witnessed, by video link to the theatrette in this building, a joint sitting of the two houses of the Victorian parliament. At that sitting, a motion was proposed by the Premier, the Hon. Steve Bracks, and seconded by the Leader of the Opposition, the Hon. Dr Denis Napthine. It invited both houses of the Commonwealth parliament to return to Melbourne on 9 and 10 May 2001 to commemorate and celebrate the centenary of the first meeting and sittings of the Commonwealth parliament. The motion was agreed to unanimously.

As members will be aware, 99 years ago today this House and the Senate held their first sittings in the Victorian parliamentary chambers. Appropriately, the Victorian parliament has this day invited us to return in 12 months time to the original home of the Commonwealth parliament to celebrate its centenary.

When the motion is formally received, it will be listed as an item for business. I know that all members will join me in thanking the Victorian parliament for its invitation.