When was the last time the Parliament (consisting of the Queen, a Senate, and a House of Representatives) had a session?

A purple silhouette of the bust of the Queen.

Graphic of the role of the Queen.

Parliamentary Education Office (peo.gov.au)

Graphic of the role of the Queen.

A purple silhouette of the bust of the Queen.

Parliamentary Education Office (peo.gov.au)

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A silhouette of the bust of the Queen. It says 'The Queen. Head of State'.

Good question!

The Australian Parliament consists of the Queen (represented by the Governor-General), the Senate and the House of Representatives. The Queen is rarely present at a parliamentary session, as it is the Governor-General who represents the monarch at the opening of a Parliament.

A session of Parliament commences on the first sitting day following a federal election or prorogation – the formal ending of a session – and concludes either by prorogation, dissolution or at the end of 3 years from the first meeting of the House.

If you are asking when the last time the Queen was physically present at the opening of a session of Parliament, this was 8 March 1977. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has attended the commencement of a new session on 2 other occasions; 1954 and 1974.