The Despatch Boxes
The despatch boxes
The despatch boxes are located on either side
of the House of Representatives Table at the end nearest the Speaker.
forms and religious
books used during the swearing-in of new Members.
Minister, Ministers, Parliamentary Secretaries, the Leader of
the Opposition and shadow Ministers stand
at the despatch
when they speak in the House.
The origin of the despatch
The despatch boxes on the Table of the House are a parliamentary
tradition borrowed from the UK. The despatch boxes
date back to early UK parliaments when Clerks and Members
their papers to the Chamber in boxes.
House of Representatives Despatch Boxes
The despatch boxes used
in the Australian House of Representatives Chamber were a personal
King George V (reigned
1910-1936) to mark the opening of Old Parliament
House in 1927. The boxes
are made of rosewood decorated with enamel and
silver. There is an inscription
signed by King George V inside the lid of each