New Qld parliament sworn in

NOT unlike the first day of school, Queensland's 54th parliament opened with giggling and camaraderie.

Premier Campbell Newman, Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney and Treasurer Tim Nicholls pledged their allegiance to Queen Elizabeth II.

There were group "hear hear" shouts as the MP roll was called.

A ripple went through the chamber as former premier Anna Bligh's name was called out among those elected on March 24.

But the clerk of parliament soon swore in new South Brisbane MP Jackie Trad separately.

The 89 parliamentarians were also in good spirits as Maroochydore MP Fiona Simpson was elected Speaker.

She is the first female speaker of the parliament in Queensland, nominated by the first premier elected outside the parliament and endorsed by the first female Opposition leader.

Mr Newman said the Speaker set the tone in parliament.

He said Ms Simpson, the youngest woman elected to Queensland parliament, had the "strength, integrity and values" to perform the role well.

"The 54th Parliament has serious and significant business ahead," he said.

"Our nominee as Speaker is committed to restoring the powers and authority of the role.

"We must work dutifully and responsibly to improve the lives of the people of Queensland.

"As the custodian of our conduct I have full confidence in the member for Maroochydore."

Ms Simpson, whose pink two-piece suit stood out on the green Speaker's chair, said she would act with the state's motto of being "bold but faithful" in mind.

She said she was humbled to take the role as she congratulated her 88 parliamentary colleagues.

"You are part of an extraordinary class of 2012," she said.

"I must act in the interests of all parliamentarians, not partisan interests, to defend the rights and responsibilities of the parliament as a whole."

The official parliament opening will take place on Wednesday with the Governor delivering a speech after she is escorted by police horse guard to Parliament House.



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