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The symbol of authority of the Speaker. It is carried by the Serjeant at Arms on ceremonial occasions.
The Presiding Officer of the Legislative Assembly
Coat of Arms
The NSW Coat of Arms was adopted in 1906 but was not placed in the Legislative Chambers until 2006.
The State Flag of NSW.
The Table, which separates government and opposition benches, literally plays a central role in the Chamber. Members speak 'at the Table'; papers become public documents when they are 'tabled' on it; the Clerks work 'at the Table'.
Premier and Government Ministers
The Premier is the chief minister of a state government in Australia. A Minister is a Member of the Government responsible for one or more government departments, such as education or transport.
Members of the of government party who are not Ministers or special office holders sit here.
Opposition Shadow Ministers
Shadow Minister: A member of the Opposition who follows closely ('shadows') a particular area of responsibility and activities of a Government Minister.
Members of the Opposition who are not Shadow Ministers or special office holders sit here.
The Press Gallery
Press Gallery: The term applies both to the journalists accredited to report on Parliamentary proceedings, and to the special galleries provided for them in each House to observe Parliamentary debates.
The Hansard Gallery
Hansard: The written record of Parliamentary debates, kept in NSW since 1879-80. Also the name of the Parliamentary Department which produces this record.
At various times, especially during Question Time, Ministers' staff or senior officers from government departments sit here outside the bar of the House to be available to provide advice to Ministers.
At various times, especially during Question Time, Opposition staff members sit here outside the bar of the House to be available to provide advice to Opposition Members.
Serjeant at Arms
This is where the Serjeant at Arms sits. The Serjeant at Arms is an officer of the Legislative Assembly.
The gallery area overlooking the assembly of lower house parliamentarians for the public, citizens and visitors, to observe proceedings.
The lower section of the public gallery where special guests of the Speaker are sometimes seated.
Clerks of the Legislative Assembly:
The Clerks' area of the main Table. They are responsible for records, rules and procedures.
The Northern Gallery
This public gallery was known until the 1960s as 'The Ladies' Gallery' - a place for unaccompanied women to view parliament.
World War I Memorial
This elaborate bronze plaque commemorates the death in action at Gallipoli in 1915 of two serving Members of the Legislative Assembly - Lt. Colonel George Braund and Sergeant Edward Larkin.
W C Wentworth Portrait
William Charles Wentworth was a leader in the development of democratic institutions in NSW. His role was recognised with this portrait by English artist, Richard Buckner, in the Legislative Assembly in 1859.