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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2000 Week 10 Hansard (18 October) . . Page.. 3143..


Wednesday, 18 October 2000

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MR SPEAKER (Mr Cornwell) took the chair at 10.30 am and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

RESIGNATION OF CHIEF MINISTER

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MR SPEAKER: I wish to advise members that, in accordance with section 45 of the Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Act 1988 (Commonwealth), on 17 October 2000 I received a letter from Mrs Carnell, Chief Minister, dated 17 October 2000, in which she tendered her resignation as Chief Minister. I present the letter and also a notice in Gazette No S62 convening a meeting of the Legislative Assembly at 10.30 am on Wednesday, 18 October 2000, pursuant to paragraph 40(2)(b) of the Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government Act) 1998 (Commonwealth), for the purpose of electing a Chief Minister.

ELECTION OF CHIEF MINISTER

MR SMYTH: Mr Speaker, I propose that Gary Humphries be elected as Chief Minister for the Australian Capital Territory and I move:

That Mr Humphries be elected Chief Minister for the Territory.

MR SPEAKER: Is there any further proposal?

MR QUINLAN: Mr Speaker, I propose that Jon Stanhope be elected as Chief Minister for the Australian Capital Territory and I move:

That Mr Stanhope be elected Chief Minister for the Territory.

MR SPEAKER: Are there any further proposals? Thank you. The time for proposals has expired. There being more than one candidate proposed, the election of a Chief Minister will proceed by ballot.

Mr Stanhope: I wish to speak to my nomination, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Thank you. Of course. Debate may now ensue.

MR STANHOPE (Leader of the Opposition): Mr Speaker, a vote for the election of the Chief Minister is a very important vote. The vote today has an additional significance. It reaffirms the process for resolving a lack of confidence by the Assembly in a Chief Minister. The Assembly's determination to hold Mrs Carnell to account may have been a crisis for her and members of her government-


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