Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA

Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA

Premier; Treasurer; Minister for Public Sector Management; Federal-State Relations

    State Parliament suspended in honour of Her Majesty the Queen

    9/09/2022 3:15 PM
    • Both Houses of Parliament to be suspended
    • Parliament will sit briefly next Tuesday, 13 September for Address of Condolence and Address of Congratulations
    • Books of condolence at Government House and Parliament House
    • Flags flying at half-mast at all Government buildings
    • Perth landmarks being illuminated royal purple from tonight

    Western Australia's Parliament will not sit as scheduled next week as the State mourns the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.


    Both Houses of Parliament will briefly sit at 2pm next Tuesday, 13 September so an Address of Condolence and an Address of Congratulations can be moved. Both Houses will then adjourn until the following Tuesday, 20 September.


    State Parliament was originally scheduled to sit for three days from Tuesday, 13 September, but the decision to suspend State Parliament is a mark of respect for the passing of Her Majesty.


    The Australian Government will hold a series of events to honour the Queen's life over a two-week period. This will include the Proclamation of Accession on Sunday, 11 September, which will be followed by a Proclamation in WA at Government House and a National Memorial Service to follow in coming weeks.


    As a mark of mourning and respect, and in accordance with protocol, the Australian National Flag (and other flags in the set) are being flown at half-mast until further notice, where possible, from all buildings and establishments occupied by WA Government departments and affiliated agencies. Other organisations are encouraged to participate.


    Landmarks across Perth are being illuminated royal purple from tonight as a mark of respect for Her Majesty the Queen.


    Condolence books are available for the public to sign in the Government House Ballroom in Perth. For further information, including opening times, refer to the Government House website.


    A book will also be made available in the foyer of Parliament House. Online condolence messages can be left via the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet website.


    Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:


    "Many Western Australians are mourning the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.


    "The decision has been made to temporarily suspend State Parliament as a sign of respect for Her Majesty, whose commitment to public service over seven decades is unrivalled.


    "The Queen's grace and resilience were a powerful example for many generations, as was her stoic sense of duty, which is why it is important Her Majesty is honoured appropriately both in Perth and across Western Australia.


    "I encourage Western Australians who want to pay their respects to sign the books of condolence that will be at Government House and Parliament House."


    Premier's office - 6552 5000