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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 1 Hansard (20 February) . . Page.. 75..


MRS CARNELL (Chief Minister) (4.44): I present a letter from the President of the Senate, dated 6 February 1996, informing me of a vacancy in the ACT's representation in the Senate, and I ask for leave to move a motion relating to it.

Leave granted.


That this Assembly, noting:

(1) that a casual vacancy in the ACT's representation in the Senate has been created by the resignation of Senator the Hon. Robert Francis McMullan;

(2) that the Commonwealth Parliament was prorogued on 29 January 1996 and will not meet until after the election has taken place on 2 March 1996;

(3) that the Territory will be electing 2 Senators on 2 March 1996; and

(4) that the term of any newly appointed Senator would expire at the close of 1 March 1996 pursuant to section 44 of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918;

therefore determines that, in recognition of these facts, it shall not choose a person to fill that vacancy and endorses the Chief Minister's actions in doing the same.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Reference - Legal Assistance to Members

MR HUMPHRIES (Attorney-General) (4.45): Mr Speaker, I think the motion that I propose to move has been circulated through the chamber. I seek leave to move a motion referring the provision of assistance in legal proceedings to members to the Standing Committee on Legal Affairs.

Leave granted.

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