Prime Minister Scott Morrison has opened the 46th Parliament with a moving speech that paid respects to his party’s traditional owners.
“I’d like to begin by paying my respects to coal lobbyists, the traditional owners of the party for which I stand,” Mr Morrison said.
“We acknowledge coal lobbyists present, past and emerging.
“We recognise their continuing connection to the land, particularly the land that contains large deposits of fossil fuels.
“And we note their vibrant and rich history. Very rich in some cases”.
Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese gave an eloquent reply, reading out a list of trade unions, many of which have occupied the Labor Party for generations.