STAR STRUCK: Michelle Landry (right) meets former Prime Minister John Howard during the opening day of Parliament.
STAR STRUCK: Michelle Landry (right) meets former Prime Minister John Howard during the opening day of Parliament. Contributed

Landry sworn in to parliament, but Howard’s the highlight

MICHELLE Landry had to pinch herself when she met former Prime Minister John Howard at Parliament House.

She met the iconic Australian politician amid all the "pomp and ceremony" of the official opening of the 44th Australian Parliament, and the day Ms Landry was officially sworn in as the 16th Federal Member since the electorate was created in 1901.

"Meeting John Howard and chatting with him was a standout moment of the day and officially becoming an MP. I've worked really hard to do it, and signing the oath, that's when it sunk in and became real to me," Ms Landry said, following Tuesday's official proceedings in Canberra.

Working officially in chambers as an MP, where all the decisions for the country are made, was mind blowing, she said.

Ms Landry's daughters Kirstin Daniels, Jessica Price and her husband Tim attended the opening day at Parliament, as first-time MPs were allowed three guests to sit in on most of the proceedings.

"It was a huge day, and I was lucky to have my darlings there - they helped me enormously throughout all of this."

Ms Landry's hectic day included a service at a Catholic church, where both Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Labor leader Bill Shorten spoke - and "everyone was nice", before a Welcome to the Country ceremony in the Great Hall at Parliament.

In the House of Representatives the MPs signed an oath, pledged their allegiance to Australia before the election of the speaker Bronwyn Bishop, and Ms Landry also met the Governor-General Quentin Bryce, who read Mr Abbott's plan for the new government.



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