Anthony Albanese leads condolence motions to the Queen in special parliament sitting

In a final official event, MPs in both houses of federal parliament have paid tribute to the Queen and shared their reflections on her death, with many acknowledging the difficult nature of the past two weeks for First Nations people.

Parliament was recalled for a special day of sitting so MPs across both chambers could deliver their condolence motions.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese spoke first in the House of Representatives, followed by Opposition Leader Peter Dutton, Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles and Nationals leader David Littleproud.

Much of what was said has already been canvassed by the various leaders and MPs in the two weeks since the Queen’s death. However, Friday will provide any MP who wants it an opportunity to cement their reflection on the parliamentary record.

Mr Albanese again touched on the historic legacy the Queen left and her devotion to her service to the Commonwealth, as well as the revolutionary changes she oversaw during her reign.

“Seventy years as sovereign is a towering record, yet what will always stand tallest in our hearts and our memories is the commitment and spirit to service and duty that the Queen brought so unflaggingly to her role,” he said.

“The Queen served with dignity, fidelity, humour and a grace that was indefatigable and she took nothing for granted.”

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