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Fresh-faced MPs head to Canberra

AAP logoAAP 15/08/2016

Some know the game, others played a similar type and at least one excelled at a different game with a ball.

On Tuesday, 39 new federal MPs will descend on the nation's capital for a two-day orientation on their roles in the House of Representatives.

Two MPs - Labor's Steve Georganas and Mike Kelly - will only need a refresher course on Tuesday after grabbing their seats back this election following a hiatus.

Four come over from the state variety of politics, including Labor's Linda Burney who is also the first indigenous woman ever elected to the federal lower house.

In the state politician pool is ex-AFL player and Fremantle Dockers coach Damian Drum, who hands in his Victorian MP badge to take his spot in parliament for the Nationals.

Among the other fresh faces are lawyers, small business owners, political advisers, local councillors and a counter-radicalisation expert.

On Tuesday's agenda is navigating their new 75,000 square metre office - Parliament House.

Speaker Tony Smith and House Clerk David Elder will introduce the MPs to their "new lives" over the two day seminar, when they'll get their heads around complicated chamber procedures and parliamentary committees.

One newbie - Rebecca Sharkie - will be navigating the chamber without party colleagues when she enters as the only new independent MP in the green chamber.

Ms Sharkie is Nick Xenophon's only member in the House of Representatives after she toppled her former boss Jamie Briggs in South Australia.

Mr Briggs was kicked out of the traditional safe Liberal seat by voters after he was dumped from the ministry last year for alleged misconduct at a Hong Kong bar.

The Liberal Party gets a high profile MP in the form of Tim Wilson - a former human rights commissioner often dubbed the "Freedom Commissioner".

Labor's Cathy O'Toole enters parliament on the smallest winning margin of all MPs, having claimed the seat of Herbert from Ewen Jones by 37 votes after a recount.

The loss of that electorate gave the coalition the slimmest possible majority in the lower house, with 76 seats in the chamber.

The Liberals have 13 new faces - with many taking over from retiring MPs like former Speaker Bronwyn Bishop.

The Labor benches will boast 23 newbies, while the Nationals have two rookies.

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