Anthony Albanese offers condolences to the Queen in a special sitting of Parliament

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

Parliament was called back to a special sitting day so MPs across both houses could deliver their condolence messages.

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 scrutinized by the various leaders and MPs in the two weeks since the Queen’s death. However, today will provide an opportunity for any MP who wishes to cement their reflection on Parliament’s record.

Sir. Albanese again touched on the historical legacy the Queen left behind 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, but what will always stand highest in our hearts and our memories is the commitment and spirit of service and duty that the Queen brought to her role so unwaveringly,” he said.

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

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