Political leaders have used the return of the federal parliament to pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II.
Both chambers of parliament will pass a condolence motion on Friday for the late monarch and congratulate King Charles III on his accession to the throne.
Parliament was suspended in the immediate aftermath of the Queen’s death two weeks ago.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said it is difficult to comprehend that the Queen “belongs to the realm of memory” after her seven-decade reign.
“She was a rare and comforting constant amid rapid changes,” he said.
The Prime Minister looked back on the Queen’s 16 trips to Australia. She was the only reigning monarch to visit the country.
“They got to know us, appreciated us, hugged us, and the feeling was very mutual,” said Mr. Albanese.
“On the way, Her Majesty had one of the most Australian experiences of all – sitting next to Bob Hawke at the races when his horse was winning.”
The Prime Minister also expressed his condolences to King Charles III.
“We think of King Charles, who feels the weight of this grief as he takes the weight of the crown,” he said.
“We wish His Majesty the best at the dawn of his reign.”
Opposition leader Peter Dutton paid tribute to the Queen’s service and her link with Australia.
“Most have never met her, of course, but felt that (they) knew her. We draw on the wisdom of her words and the comfort of her voice,” he said.
“She admired that Australian ability to honor those who do their essentials without fuss or media attention.
“But of course, wherever the Queen went, crowds choked the streets cheering and clapping and waving their flags to express their adoration.”
Mr Dutton said the values expressed by the Queen during her reign will live on.
“Perhaps Her Majesty’s greatest triumph will be a renaissance of the virtues and values she embodied in life — virtues and values that we still admire,” he said.
“Those of duty, of service, of sacrifice, of steadfastness, of stoicism, of grace, of humility, generosity and empathy.”
Greens leader Adam Bandt expressed his condolences but reiterated his support for Australia to become a republic.
“The death of the Queen means we get a new head of state without us having anything to say about it. It’s definitely the right time to talk respectfully about whether that’s good for us as a country,” he said.
“We can offer our condolences to those who mourn her personally, while also respectfully talking about what it means to us as a people.”
Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young also offered her condolences on behalf of the underage party, but spoke of the need for reconciliation with Australia’s indigenous people.
“She has not taken children away from their parents, or personally tried to remove and decimate one of the oldest cultures in the world,” she told the Senate.
“(But) she was the government representative in the institution that did that. Generations of oppression, trauma and suffering due to colonization must be taken into account.”
British High Commissioner Vicki Treadell was in the room to hear the tributes.