The Senate adjourned at 9:31pm with the House of Representatives adjourning earlier at 7:26pm, bringing to a close a sitting year which faced ongoing disruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Senators and Members were free to return to their electorates for the Christmas break, with the Parliament not due to resume until 2 February, 2021.
The Prime Minister, the Hon Scott Morrison MP and the Leader of the Opposition, the Hon Anthony Albanese MP were among the parliamentarians who wished the Parliament and the Australian people a merry Christmas. They also thanked all those who work in Parliament House, from the Speaker and the Clerks to the cleaners and drivers.
The day also saw the Hon Warren Snowdon, Member for Lingiari, announce that he will retire at the next federal election. Mr Snowdon was first elected to parliament in 1987, making him the last person in the current parliament to have served as a member in both the current Parliament House and in Old Parliament House.