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Sergeant-at-Arms – Legislative Assembly

Sergeant-at-Arms – Legislative Assembly

♪♪♪ MUSIC ♪♪♪ This instrument,
made of heavily gilded silver, is called the Mace and is the oldest parliamentary Mace
in Australia, manufactured in 1887. It features Western Australia’s
state crest, the royal coat of arms
of the United Kingdom and Queen Victoria’s
royal monogram. It is also embossed
with the English rose, the Scottish thistle,
the Irish shamrock and Western Australian
wild flowers. The Mace is the emblem of office and symbol of authority
for the Speaker and, through him,
the Legislative Assembly. Today in this Parliament, the Sergeant-at-Arms
serves as attendant to the Speaker
of the Legislative Assembly.Honourable members,
the Speaker.
At the start of
each sitting day, the Sergeant-at-Arms escorts
the Speaker into the chamber while carrying the Mace. The Mace is placed
on the table of the house with the Crown on its tip
facing the government benches when the Speaker
or acting Speaker is present in the house. The Mace will remain there for
the duration of the sitting day and the Sergeant-at-Arms
will exit with the Mace ahead of the Speaker
when the house adjourns. The Legislative Assembly
has had both male and female Sergeant-at-Arms. Their other duties include
being responsible for security in the chamber and
galleries of the Assembly, carrying out ceremonial duties, delivering official messages
between the two houses and managing
a range of administrative and research tasks, both
inside and outside the chamber. ♪♪♪ MUSIC ♪♪♪

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