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2009 Media Releases

22 December 2009 - Gingerbread house helps spread Christmas spirit at Mater Children’s

A Christmas gingerbread house donated by Queensland’s Parliament House has added to the Christmas spirit at the Mater Children’s Hospital. The gingerbread house was prepared by Parliament House chef Leo McArthur as part of a pre-Christmas display.

17 December 2009 - Queensland Parliament welcomes 90 new Australian citizens

The Queensland Parliament hosted its inaugural citizenship ceremony last night, with 90 people from 28 countries welcomed as new Australian citizens.

8 December 2009 - Queensland Parliament's Movember effort tops $6500

The Queensland Parliament has raised more than $6500 for Movember and its associated men's health causes.

26 November 2009 - Parliament marks final sitting day for 2009 with inaugural Multi-Faith Service

The Queensland Parliament has marked its final sitting day for 2009 with a Multi-Faith Service. The service was hosted by Speaker John Mickel in the Parliament’s Legislative Council Chamber before an audience of more than 100 people.

23 November 2009 - Speaker's Christmas Tree Appeal launched

Speaker John Mickel launched the Speaker’s Christmas Tree Appeal at Parliament House this afternoon. The Speaker’s Christmas Tree Appeal will benefit the children’s charities ACT For Kids and Project: Love & Care.

7 October 2009 - Speaker welcomes deaf community to Parliament House

Queensland Parliamentary proceedings were interpreted in sign language for members of the deaf community who attended sittings at Parliament House today.

19 August 2009 - Speaker highlights essential role and contribution of science to community

Speaker John Mickel has congratulated participants in today’s Science in Parliament event. Mr Mickel said that Science in Parliament was a vital educational bridge between Queensland’s scientific community and Members of Parliament.

4 June 2009 - Grandsons of two former Premiers meet at Queensland Parliament

As the Queensland Parliament’s 150th year draws closer, the grandsons of two former Premiers from the opposite side of politics met up at Parliament House in Brisbane this week.

1 June 2009 - Queensland Parliament to 'Go Red for Women' this week

The lights along the Alice Street wing of Parliament House will turn red this week in support of the Heart Foundation’s ‘Go Red for Women’ campaign.

22 May 2009 - Descendants of first Parliamentarians invited to help mark 150th year

The Queensland Parliament is calling on descendants of its first parliamentarians, who met in 1860, to come forward to help celebrate its 150th anniversary next year.

16 April 2009 - First live broadcast of the opening of parliament

Queenslanders will be able to watch the upcoming Opening of their Parliament live for the first time since the Parliament first sat in 1860.

13 February 2009 - Queensland Parliament marks first Anniversary of the apology

The Queensland Parliament marked the first anniversary of the National Apology to the Stolen Generations today by partnering with the Musgrave Park Cultural Centre to hold a community celebration.

9 March 2009 - Speaker marks Commonwealth Day with youth message

The Speaker of the Queensland Parliament, Mike Reynolds, marked today’s Commonwealth Day celebrations by praising the young people of the Commonwealth.

30 March 2009 - Queensland Parliament supports Earth Hour

The Queensland Parliament was proud to again successfully participate in Earth Hour on Saturday night.