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The Princess and the PM’s tea

The functions arranged for the Prime Ministers conference in London in May 1944 were the first official Commonwealth duties for Princess Elizabeth, who had turned eighteen a few weeks before.

The young Princess won the affection of John Curtin when, noticing him alone and without a drink at a cocktail party, she made him a cup of tea.

Queen Elizabeth presenting a speech during her first visit to Australia, 1954.

Queen Elizabeth presenting a speech during her first visit to Australia, 1954.


NAA: A1773, RV1262


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There are four stages in passing a Bill. A 'first reading' is moved by the responsible minister (or private member) and the printed Bill distributed. At a scheduled 'second reading' the broad principles of the Bill are debated and it is voted on by the House. The third step is the 'committee stage' when the House becomes a committee to debate the Bill in detail. A 'third reading' is then scheduled and the Bill with any amendments is voted on. If passed, it is then sent to the Senate (or the House of Representatives if it originated in the Senate).

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