Program for opening of 59th Parliament

The GovernorTraditions and procedure will feature at the official opening of Victoria’s 59th Parliament on Wednesday 19 December 2018.

The opening day will be webcast, with ceremonies commencing at 10:15 am and the official opening by the Governor of Victoria, the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, at 2 pm in the Legislative Council Chamber.

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Parliament House restoration in virtual reality

Stone reliefFour virtual reality tours have been created of the historic restoration works at Parliament House.

They are available on the Victorian Parliament’s website and provide a spectacular 360 degree view of the detailed work being undertaken.

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59th Parliament to be opened on 19 December

Legislative Council ChamberVictoria’s 59th Parliament will be officially opened by the Governor of Victoria, the Hon Linda Dessau AC on Wednesday 19 December 2018.

The opening day will be webcast with official ceremonies commencing at 10 am.

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New book explores a paradoxical life

George William RusdenGeorge William Rusden, a fascinating figure of Victoria’s colonial past, is celebrated in a new book.

Launched at the University of Melbourne’s Trinity College, A delicious bundle of prejudices explores the paradoxes inherent in the life of an extraordinary man who, among other achievements, served as the first Clerk of Victoria’s Legislative Council.

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Releases from PBO ahead of 2018 state election

PBO image Victoria’s Parliamentary Budget Office provides independent and authoritative policy costing and advisory services to all members of parliament, and informs debate in the Victorian community.

The PBO website at includes the following new releases published to further these objectives:

  • 2018 Pre-Election Budget Snapshot – an independent analysis and visual summary of the Department of Treasury and Finance’s 2018 Pre-Election Budget Update
  • 2018 Election Commitment Tracker – an interactive data visualisation tool displaying publicly available election commitments from the major parties.


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