The Australian Federation Guard and Australian Army Band marched through Brisbane and gathered outside Parliament House for the official opening of State Parliament. * Photo Pamela Frost
The Australian Federation Guard and Australian Army Band marched through Brisbane and gathered outside Parliament House for the official opening of State Parliament. * Photo Pamela Frost Pamela Frost

Parliament resumes with guns blazing

T'S something you usually only see on movies and TV shows; the sound of a trumpet echoing through a room to announce the arrival of someone important - usually a king

.Most Queenslanders would never get this sort of welcome when they entered a room, requiring everyone to stand as you presented yourself.

Two people - parliamentary speaker and Nicklin MP Peter Wellington and Queensland Governor Paul de Jersey - received the official royal welcome at Parliament House on Wednesday during the official opening of the new State Parliament.

And the 90-minute ceremony was not without its traditions.It involved a marching band, the official Australian Federation Guard, a 19-gun salute across the water and an official royal salute to Mr de Jersey, who then inspected the guard.

Queensland Governor Paul de Jersey at the official opening of Queensland Parliament with the new Palaszczuk government. * Photo Pamela Frost
Queensland Governor Paul de Jersey at the official opening of Queensland Parliament with the new Palaszczuk government. * Photo Pamela Frost Pamela Frost

Bells rang as MPs seated themselves in the Legislative Council Chamber, a room with red carpet located adjacent to the main assembly chamber where regular debate occurs.

Mr de Jersey delivered his opening speech, which had a political element to it. He referred to the new government as "my government".

"In this parliament, my government will embark on an extensive legislative program," he said.

He listed off all of the promises the new Annastacia Palaszczuk had made, including delivering more jobs, employing more TAFE teachers, its position on 100% FIFO mines and ensuring regional jobs and changing the Labour Day public holiday back to May.

"Regardless of your levels of experience all of you will be making a contribution to the governance of our state and to debates on important issues affecting the future of this and succeeding generations," Mr de Jersey told MPs.

He said their most important task was the making or amending laws.

Aboriginal elder Uncle Joe Kirk also addressed the chamber and said he was looking forward to Queensland becoming a sunshine state again.

"We started our number plates with 'the smart state' and we became a smart state through Mr (Peter) Beattie, our Premier," he said.

"But now most of our number plates say Queensland is 'the sunshine state'.

"But sadly some of us as Aboriginal people, we have not seen that sun for a long time."

- APN NEWSDESK



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