The Speaker’s Traditional and Ceremonial Roles

The most traditional of the Speaker's duties is as the sole representative of the House in its relations with the Crown's representative, the Governor. The Speaker is, likewise, the House's representative in communications with the Legislative Council and outside persons in the transmission and receipt of messages, documents or addresses.

The Speaker, upon election, usually suspends the sitting until the ringing of the bells (2.25pm approx) and invites members to make their way to the Library at a predetermined time when the Speaker presents them to the Governor.

At an Opening of Parliament, either a new parliament or a new session (following prorogation), the Governor summons members of the Assembly to hear the Governor's speech. After the summons has been delivered by the Usher of the Black Rod, the Speaker invites members to accompany him or her and proceeds to the Legislative Council Chamber. The Speaker is formally presented with a copy of the Governor's Speech. This Speech is reported to the House after it has transacted some business, usually the 'Privilege Bill'.

The Speaker presents the Address-in-Reply to the Governor's Speech, accompanied by the clerks and members.

At the commencement of each sitting day, the Speaker reads the Lord's Prayer.

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