While the House sat only very briefly on Tuesday, it was an historic day nonetheless. The House acknowledged the death of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and expressed sympathy to the royal family on her passing. Let us take a closer look at the day’s events.
NEW MEMBER SWORN IN – THE HON AILEEN MACDONALD
The Hon Aileen MacDonald (Liberal) signed the Roll of the House, having taken the Oath of Allegiance at Government House on Tuesday 16 August. Mrs MacDonald was elected during a joint sitting with the Legislative Assembly on Thursday 11 August for the seat made vacant by the resignation of the Hon Catherine Cusack. Tune in next week for Mrs MacDonald’s inaugural speech.
DEATH OF HER MAJESTY QUEEN ELIZABETH II & ACCESSION OF HIS MAJESTY KING CHARLES III
The Leader of the Government, Minister Tudehope, moved a motion for the House to express sorrow on the death of the sovereign, Queen Elizabeth II, and to convey sympathy to King Charles III and other members of the royal family. Members and officers of the House stood in their places as a mark of respect and as an indication of their support for the motion, as pictured below.
Following the condolence motion, Minister Tudehope then moved an Address to His Majesty, for the House to congratulate King Charles III and assure him of their loyalty.
The House was then adjourned until Tuesday 20 September, and so will not sit on Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 September.
Later that day, the President of the Council and the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly attended Government House to lay a wreath in remembrance of Her Late Majesty. They then met with Her Excellency the Governor to present the Address of Condolence and Address of Congratulation passed by each House, which Her Excellency will communicate to the Royal Family on behalf of both Houses.