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Opening of the 53rd Parliament, 21 April 2009

Queensland’s 53rd Parliament was officially opened on Tuesday, 21 April 2009 following the state's general election that was held on 21 March.

The Governor, Her Excellency, Ms Penelope Wensley AO, opened the 53rd Parliament in a ceremony held in the Legislative Council Chamber. Earlier in the day, all 89 Members of Parliament were sworn in and the new Speaker of the Legislative Assembly was elected.

Hon. John Mickel, MP was elected in a secret ballot by his fellow Members of Parliament to the position of Speaker. Mr Mickel is 34th person to have been elected as Speaker in the Queensland Parliament's 149 year history.

The Governor, Her Excellency, Ms Penelope Wensley AO, opening the 53rd Parliament in the Legislative Council Chamber.