The word is out! On Tuesday 18 October 2022, an exciting program of events commemorating the Bicentenary of the NSW Legislative Council was officially launched by the Governor of NSW - and Patron of the Bicentenary - Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC KC.
The Bicentenary's wide range of activities will unfold over the next two years, leading up to and throughout 2024. The program of events will offer the community the chance to engage with and learn about the state's rich parliamentary history, as well as the evolution of democracy in Australia over the last two hundred years.
Find a list of the upcoming Bicentenary events here, with more details to be added as they become available.
"The establishment in 1823 of the Legislative Council as the first legislative body in Australia was to have defining and profound impacts. In celebrating the Bicentenary of the Legislative Council, we celebrate its role in our parliamentary democracy, as required by section 5 of the NSW Constitution: 'to make laws for the peace, welfare, and good government of NSW, in all cases whatsoever'."- Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC KC
WATCH: A TASTE OF WHAT'S TO COMEDiscover what the official Bicentenary program of events has in store with this video narrated by President of the Legislative Council Matthew Mason-Cox:
VIDEOS FROM THE BICENTENARY LAUNCH
Take a peek at the official Bicentenary program launch in this video overview:
Watch the full launch speech delivered by the Governor of NSW, Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC KC:A copy Her Excellency's speech can be read here.
See what President of the Legislative Council Matthew Mason-Cox had to say at the launch event (including his introduction to Her Excellency and subsequent overview of the Bicentenary program):
As part of his address, President Mason-Cox officially named the group of eminent Australians who have agreed to serve as Bicentenary Ambassadors over 2023 and 2024. These Ambassadors will help connect the community with the messages and events of the Bicentenary program, and include (in alphabetical order by surname):
PHOTOS FROM THE BICENTENARY LAUNCHNSW Parliament was honoured to host more than 350 guests for the launch of the official Bicentenary program, who gathered to learn more about the history of the Legislative Council and to help us look forward to the compelling events that lie ahead. Among those in attendance were a number of Bicentenary Ambassadors and esteemed members from across the community. Click the images to see in full size. Photography by Andy Baker.
The Parliament of New South Wales acknowledges and respects the traditional lands of all Aboriginal people, and pays respects to all Elders past and present. We acknowledge the Gadigal people as the traditional custodians of the land on which the Parliament of New South Wales stands.