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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008-09 Week 1 Hansard (5 November) . . Page.. 4..

MS GALLAGHER (continuing):

That Mr Stanhope be elected Chief Minister for the Territory.

MR SPEAKER: Do you accept the nomination?

MR STANHOPE: Thank you, Mr Speaker; I do.

MR SPEAKER: Is there any further proposal?

MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (10.28): Mr Speaker, congratulations on your election to the lofty heights of Speaker. I propose that Zed Seselja be the Chief Minister, and I therefore move:

That Mr Seselja be elected Chief Minister for the Territory.

MR SPEAKER: Do you accept the nomination?


MR SPEAKER: Is there any further proposal?

The time for proposals has expired. There being more than one candidate proposed, the election of a Chief Minister will proceed by ballot. Debate may ensue, but it should be relevant to the election per the standing orders. Does anybody seek leave to speak? There being no-one seeking the call, we will move to the ballot.

A ballot having been taken-

MR SPEAKER: The result of the ballot is: Mr Seselja, six votes; Mr Stanhope, 11 votes; therefore Mr Stanhope, the candidate with the majority of votes of members present and voting, is declared Chief Minister.

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra-Chief Minister), by leave: Mr Speaker, I thank the Assembly for the privilege that it has bestowed on me today. I say "privilege"because it is one-the highest I can conceive of-and one that I have always conscientiously striven to live up to on behalf of the Assembly and on behalf of the people of Canberra. Today I recommit myself heart and soul to the service of this city.

Mr Speaker, congratulations to you. The role of Speaker is pivotal to the smooth and successful working of this parliament, and I wish you the best in the job.

I would also like to take a moment to congratulate those who are new to the chamber and those whose faces are familiar. Together we can make a difference. And we need to remember that the occasions upon which some of us may be robust adversaries are as essential to our work here as the occasions upon which we think alike. None of us, and no single party among us, has ownership of all the good ideas or the luxury of all the answers.

I thank the members of the Labor caucus for their support of me and of Deputy Chief Minister Katy Gallagher. I congratulate Mr Seselja and his Liberal colleagues on their

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