Royal Visit 2011 Reception Pt III -- Tony Abbott speaks
Written by ACM   
Sunday, 23 October 2011

On the third day of the 16th visit Australia, her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is welcomed to a reception at Parliament House, Canberra, by the Prime Minister, the Hon Julia Gillard.

After a ceremonial fanfare, The Queen enters in the procession into the great Hall at Parliament House where about 700 people are assembled. The Australian Royal Anthem, then the Australian National Anthem are sung.

The Queen is formally welcomed by the Prime Minister and then by Leader of the Opposition, Tony Abbott, who was the first Executive Director of Australians for Constitutional Monarchy. During his speech Mr. Abbott expresses support for changes to the law relating to the succession.

These involve the removal of discriminatory provisions about women, and to allow marriage to Catholics.

The event was broadcast by the national TV news service, Sky News on 21 October, 2011, introduced by Sky's Royal Correspondent Celina Edmonds.