As one of their first orders of business, the recently formed 47th Parliament elected a new Senate President and House Speaker during the first sitting day earlier this year.
Western Australia senator Sue Lines was elected as the Senate’s second female president, becoming the first woman from Labor to hold the top job. The WA senator has served as deputy Senate president since 2016, and replaced the Liberals’ Slade Brockman after being elected on 54 votes.
Queensland MP Milton Dick was elected as the 32nd Speaker of the House of Representatives. First elected to federal parliament in 2016, Mr Dick was formerly a Brisbane City councillor and Queensland Labor state secretary.