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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004-2005 Week 1 Hansard (4 November) . . Page.. 4..



MR QUINLAN (Molonglo—Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Business and Tourism, and Minister for Sport, Racing and Gaming) (2.23): Mr Speaker, first, my congratulations on your reappointment as Speaker. I propose that Jon Stanhope be elected Chief Minister of the territory and I therefore move:

That Jon Stanhope be elected Chief Minister for the Australian Capital Territory.

MR SPEAKER: Are there any further proposals?

MR STEFANIAK (Ginninderra) (2.23): Mr Speaker, congratulations on your appointment. I propose that Brendan Smyth be elected Chief Minister for the ACT and I move:

That Brendan Smyth be elected Chief Minister for the Australian Capital Territory.

MR SPEAKER: Are there any further proposals?

The time for proposals has expired. There being more than one candidate proposed for election as Chief Minister, we will proceed to a ballot. Do the nominees wish to speak on the matter or just proceed to the ballot at this point?

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Attorney-General, Minister for Environment and Minister for Community Affairs): I do not wish to speak, Mr Speaker

MR SMYTH (Brindabella): No, Mr Speaker.

A ballot having been taken—

MR SPEAKER: Members, the result of the ballot is: Mr Smyth, seven votes; Mr Stanhope, 10 votes. Therefore, Mr Stanhope, the candidate with the majority votes of members present and voting, is declared Chief Minister.

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister) (2.28): Mr Speaker, I seek leave to make a statement.

Leave granted.

MR STANHOPE: I thank the Assembly for the honour that it has bestowed on me today. It is a very great privilege to serve as Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory. It is a role that I accept with pride and will fulfil to the very best of my ability.

Mr Speaker, I offer my congratulations to you, not only on your re-election as a member for Ginninderra, but also on your re-election as Speaker.

I would like to take the opportunity to congratulate again all the members who have been elected to the Assembly. I am pleased to welcome back the members of the Fifth Assembly who have been re-elected, particularly my colleagues from the Labor caucus. Our success—and the level of support that we received in the recent election—is the most positive endorsement of all, and a reflection of the individual and team effort of all


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