NSW Parliament resumes with 20 new Labor MPs sworn in

A RED carpet and brass-band welcome outside NSW Parliament might have raised expectations among the new MPs, but the lustre might be short-lived.

Parliament resumed yesterday for the first time since the March 28 election.

It was a day of pomp and ceremony, with 20 new Labor MPs among the members getting sworn in.

The real grit will start with the return of Question Time today. 

Opposition Leader Luke Foley said Labor's newcomers were "bursting with energy and enthusiasm".

"In the last parliament Labor was reduced to a rump in the lower house and the Legislative Council ... we'll be a far stronger opposition holding Mr Baird and his colleagues to account for the great many promises they made to the people of NSW," he said.

Governor David Hurley received a royal salute before entering to deliver his speech.

Greens MP Tamara Smith got her first taste of parliament after ousting the Nationals in the seat of Ballina.

She promised to be a strong spokeswoman on key issues in her North Coast electorate.

"In particular, a Ballina Sports Centre, building community infrastructure at Ocean Shores and stopping inappropriate development at West Byron sits within my regional development portfolio (with the Greens)," she said.

"Small business is the backbone of the local economy on the North Coast and I'm looking forward to working with small businesses, local co-operatives and social enterprises to see how government can aid and support economic growth and sustainability in our region and the creation of jobs." 

Don Harwin was returned unopposed to president of the upper house and Liberal MP Shelley Hancock was re-elected as the lower house's Speaker.

"To aspiring female politicians I say, there is no glass ceiling here. Or there shouldn't be," she said.


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