Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004-2005 Week 1 Hansard (4 November) . . Page.. 3..
29 October 2004
The elected members made and subscribed an oath or affirmation of allegiance.
The Chief Justice having retired—
Election of Speaker
The Clerk informed members of the requirement of standing order 1 (d) that the Assembly now proceed to elect a Speaker.
MS MacDONALD (Brindabella) (2.20): I propose Wayne Berry as Speaker of the Assembly and I move:
That Mr Berry take the Chair of the Assembly as Speaker.
The Clerk: Does the member accept the nomination?
MR BERRY: I accept the nomination.
The Clerk: Is there any further proposal? The time for proposals has expired. There being no further proposal, I declare Mr Wayne Berry, the member proposed, to have been elected as Speaker.
MR SPEAKER: Members, I would firstly like to express my thanks for the honour the Assembly has conferred on me. I would also like to acknowledge that we are meeting on the lands of the Ngunnawal people, the traditional owners. I would like to pay my respects to their continuing contribution to life in this area.
As I said at the last meeting of the Fifth Assembly, those of us who will go on to face a new round of challenges with the same overriding responsibility, along with the newcomers who will be elected to represent this great community, will be merely new caretakers appointed to preserve and improve the lot of our community. It is my intention to ensure that, once again, the support required for you, as these newly appointed caretakers, to carry out this important work will be provided fairly, within the resources available.
I will continue to observe the traditions associated with the Speaker of Assembly. However, as in my last term, I will continue to represent the aspirations of my constituents as an individual member of the Assembly. Thank you, members.
Election of Chief Minister
MR SPEAKER: The next item of business is the election of a Chief Minister.