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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012-2013 Week 1 Hansard (6 November) . . Page.. 4..


The Clerk: Does the member accept the nomination?

MS PORTER: Yes.

The Clerk: Is there any further proposal?

MR SESELJA (Molonglo) (10.24): I propose Vicki Dunne, and I move:

That Mrs Dunne take the Chair of the Assembly as Speaker.

The Clerk: Does the member accept the nomination?

MRS DUNNE: I do.

The Clerk: Is there any further proposal?

There being more than one candidate proposed, the election of a Speaker will proceed by ballot. Ballot papers will now be distributed.

A ballot having been taken—

The Clerk: Members, the result of the ballot is: Ms Porter, eight votes; Mrs Dunne, nine votes; therefore, Mrs Dunne, the candidate with the majority of votes of members present and voting, is declared elected as Speaker.

Madam Speaker having taken the chair—

MADAM SPEAKER: Members, I want to take this opportunity to express my thanks for the honour the Assembly has conferred upon me and the confidence that my colleagues have shown in raising me to this lofty position. The role of the Speaker is steeped in tradition, as symbolised by the ceremonial dragging of the parliament's reluctant choice to this chair, but it has also evolved so that, for instance, the trappings of office, such as wigs, gowns and silver buckles, are no longer part of our tradition. It is my intention to be a modern Speaker whose job is to serve the members of this place as we carry out our important work of serving the people of Canberra. I thank you, members. I am happy and proud to be at your service.

Election of Chief Minister

MADAM SPEAKER: The next item of business is the election of a Chief Minister.

MR BARR (Molonglo) (10.28): I propose Ms Katy Gallagher, and I move:

That Ms Gallagher be elected Chief Minister for the Territory.

MADAM SPEAKER: Does the member accept the nomination?

MS GALLAGHER: I do, Madam Speaker.


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