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Parliament to open with a bang

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Smoke, gunfire, oaths and speeches will mark the start of the 44th parliament when it meets in Canberra.

The events of the parliament’s first sitting start on Tuesday morning with a Welcome to Country and indigenous smoking ceremony.

New politicians will be sworn in and the governor-general will address both houses to review the state of the nation and forecast the Abbott government’s legislative program.

That program won’t begin immediately, however, with legislation including bills for the repeal of the carbon tax expected to be introduced on Wednesday.

Instead, Tuesday’s events will be largely ceremonial and procedural.

Bronwyn Bishop is expected to be elected Speaker of the House of Representatives and was spotted in the chamber last week preparing for that role.

Outside of Parliament House, new MP Clive Palmer will address the National Press Club during the lunchtime break in official proceedings.