Usher of the Black Rod’s step count

The Usher of the Black Rod—a Senate parliamentary officer—has several busy roles in the official opening ceremonies for the 46th Parliament.

Jul 9, 2019

One of these is to summon members of the House of Representatives to the Senate throughout the day, where some of the important ceremonies occur. This year, the Usher of the Black Rod walked a mighty 13 461 steps (a total of 10.1 km) around Parliament House, carrying out his many duties on the day.