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Galleries

Gallary

Located on either side of the O'Donovan Library on the second floor, are the public galleries for both chambers.  The public gallery of each House is where Members of the public may sit to watch the activities of the Parliament.  Although the galleries were originally identical, changes over the years to accommodate technology and changed work practices have resulted in some minor differences.  The gallery also accommodates the press, Hansard and official guests.  Areas are reserved for each of these purposes in the Legislative Assembly gallery.  Hansard reporters, who transcribe the reports of debate in the House, are located directly above the Speaker's chair.  The Media Gallery is located above and to the Speaker's right.  Journalists reporting on the daily business of the House are entitled to sit in this area.  The Speaker's Gallery, to the left of the Speaker, is where special guests of the Speaker such as dignitaries and visiting parliamentarians, may sit to view parliamentary proceedings.