Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 1 Hansard (10 February) . . Page.. 1..
Tuesday, 10 February 2015
MADAM SPEAKER (Mrs Dunne) took the chair at 10 am, made a formal recognition that the Assembly was meeting on the lands of the traditional custodians, and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.
MADAM SPEAKER: Could I acknowledge the presence in the gallery of Mr Joe Preston MP, the delegation leader and chair of the Canadian branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association; Ms Chris Charlton MP; Mr Rodger Cuzner MP, who is accompanied by Ms Liz Cuzner; and Ms Elizabeth Kingston, the delegation's secretary and executive secretary of the Canadian branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. I welcome our Canadian friends to the Australian Capital Territory parliament.
Resignation of member
MADAM SPEAKER: Pursuant to the resolution of the Assembly of 27 March 1992, which authorises me to receive written notice of resignation of a member, I wish to inform the Assembly that I received a written notice from Ms Gallagher, dated 23 December 2014. Pursuant to subsection 13(3) of the Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Act 1988, I present the following papers:
Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Act 1988 (Cwlth), pursuant to subsection 13(3)—Resignation of office as Member—Gallagher, Ms K—Letter of resignation, dated 23 December 2014.
Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory—Casual Vacancy—Copy of letter to the Electoral Commissioner, ACT Electoral Commission, from the Speaker, dated 23 December 2014.
Announcement of member to fill casual vacancy
MADAM SPEAKER: The Clerk has been notified by the Electoral Commissioner that, pursuant to sections 189 and 194 of the Electoral Act 1992, Ms Meegan Fitzharris has been declared elected to the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Ms Gallagher. I present the following paper:
Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory—Casual Vacancy—Declaration of the poll—Letter from the Electoral Commissioner, ACT Electoral Commission, to the Clerk, ACT Legislative Assembly, dated 16 January 2015.
Oath of allegiance by member
MADAM SPEAKER: In accordance with the provisions of the Oaths and Affirmations Act 1984, which requires the oath or affirmation of a new member to be made before the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital