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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008-09 Week 1 Hansard (5 November) . . Page.. 10..

MS HUNTER (continuing):

the same page as those of us elected to represent them. When it comes to making big choices, it will position our community as progressive, sustainable and fair. Leadership is about listening and engaging, as well as putting forward new ideas.

The ACT Greens are committed to using this opportunity to work collaboratively with others in this place and with Canberra people more broadly. We need to lay the groundwork for positive change. We need to do the work that identifies where those changes can and must be made. That is why Shane has stood up as Speaker and that is why we have negotiated a raft of policy priorities and parliamentary reform commitments to improve democracy. And that is why one of our key reforms will be about access to information. Access to information is a basic human right and, in a human rights jurisdiction like the ACT, we need to take real steps in that direction.

I would like to finish by thanking the team of Green MLAs here with me. We draw strongly from each other and will continue to do so. We will work together closely and guide each other on how we take on the responsibilities that lie before us. These next four years are important to us and to Canberra, and we look forward to them.

Election of Deputy Speaker

MR SPEAKER: We now move to the nomination of candidates for Deputy Speaker. Standing order 4 requires that the Assembly proceed, at its first sitting after an election, to elect a Deputy Speaker.

MR CORBELL (Molonglo) (10.51): I nominate Ms Porter as Deputy Speaker, and I move:

That Ms Porter be elected Deputy Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Ms Porter, do you accept the nomination?


MR SPEAKER: Is there any further proposal?

MR SESELJA (Molonglo-Leader of the Opposition) (10.51): I nominate Mrs Dunne as Deputy Speaker, and I move:

That Mrs Dunne be elected Deputy Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Mrs Dunne, do you accept the nomination?


MR SPEAKER: Is there any further proposal?

There being no further proposals, the time for proposals has expired.

A ballot having been taken-

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