Australia

What happens on first day of parliament

MPs and senators will gather in Canberra on Tuesday for the opening of the 46th parliament, following the May 18 federal election.

MAIN EVENTS FOR OPENING OF 46TH PARLIAMENT

* Church service

* Welcome to country

* Clerks in both houses call the parliament together

* Procession to Senate chamber for parliament opening by Chief Justice Susan Kiefel

* Members and senators sworn in

* Election of House Speaker and Senate President

* Governor-General's speech (in Senate chamber)

* House to debate tax cuts; Senate to run through procedural business

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