MPs sworn in, let the political games begin

ALMOST two months since the state election Queensland MPs were officially sworn in when Parliament returned on Tuesday.

It was down to business as all 89 MPs gathered in the house Tuesday morning.

A sea of red ties and shirts represented the Labor Party while blue ties and shirts dominated the LNP side.

Katter's Australian Party MPs Robbie Katter and Shane Knuth sat up the back near the entrance, next to independent Peter Wellington before he was officially elected as speaker.

All MPs were required to swear their allegiance to the Queen and that they would serve the people of Queensland according to the law.

It started with the Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, then deputy premier Jackie Trad and treasurer Curtis Pitt, who then swore in all other MPs in groups of three.

The MPs then moved on to sign the oath or the affirmation and member's roll before returning to their seats.

Official parliamentary proceedings will continue Wednesday when Governor Paul de Jersey opens Parliament.

It will include a 19-gun salute across the Brisbane River at Kangaroo Point and an official speech from the Governor.


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