At 1:30 this afternoon, the final session of the Government's five year parliamentary term will be launched, but without the normal pomp and splendour of a ceremonial opening and presidential speech
In addition, it will be the final one at the International Waterfront Complex, where Parliament has been housed since 2011.
Government sources say Parliament will be returning to the Red House in January 2020.
During today’s truncated launch of the new parliamentary session, both the Upper and Lower Houses will meet in separate areas. There’ll be a brief session in which the proclamation launching the session will be read, followed by a conclusion of the proceedings.
The first order of business in the new session is the Finance Minister's 2020 Budget Presentation on Monday. Government officials also have indicated this new session's focus will be on the 50-plus pieces of legislation scheduled for MPs attention.
This—the 11th Parliament—concludes next September, following which, general elections are constitutionally due.