Federal Member for Calare Andrew Gee has been officially sworn in to the 45th Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia for his first term during a ceremony at Parliament House in Canberra yesterday.

Mr Gee said he was deeply honoured to be representing the communities of Calare and looked forward to getting down to work.

“It was an extremely humbling experience to be sworn in as the Federal Member for Calare yesterday.

“The numbers in the House of Representatives are very tight, and nobody knows what the future will bring. We need to make sure that the next three years really count, which means getting things done for the people of Calare. That’s what elected representatives are here for – getting results for local communities.”

Mr Gee said he had a long list of priorities including the Murray Darling Medical School, funding for roads including progressing the crossing at Dixon’s Long Point, access to overseas markets for our local orchardists, more aged care beds for Lithgow, and a host of local infrastructure projects.

During this term, Mr Gee has also been appointed as Chair of the Government’s Economics and Finance Backbench Committee.

The 45th Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia was officially opened yesterday with a number of ceremonies taking place including:

  •  A Welcome to Country Ceremony in the Great Hall of Parliament House;
  • The swearing-in of Senators and Members, election of the Speaker of the House of Representatives and President of the Senate;
  • Address by His Excellency, General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC and official opening of the 45th Parliament; and
  • A 19 gun salute on the forecourt of Parliament House.