Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 7 Hansard (2 August) . . Page.. 2049..
Tuesday, 2 August 2016
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.
Resignation of member
Statement by Speaker
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 Mr Smyth, dated 15 July 2016. I present the following papers:
Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Act 1988 (Cwlth), pursuant to subsection 13(3)—Resignation of office as Member—Smyth, Mr B.—Letter of resignation, dated 15 July 2016.
Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory—Casual Vacancy—Copy of letter to the Electoral Commissioner, ACT Electoral Commission, from the Acting Speaker, dated 15 July 2016.
Announcement of member to fill casual vacancy
MADAM SPEAKER: The Acting Clerk has been notified by the Electoral Commissioner that, pursuant to sections 189 and 194 of the Electoral Act 1992, Mr Valentine Jeffery has been declared elected to the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Mr Smyth. 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 Acting Clerk, ACT Legislative Assembly, dated 29 July 2016.
Oath or affirmation of allegiance
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 Territory or a judge of that court authorised by the Chief Justice, the Chief Justice has authorised the Hon Justice Richard Refshauge, Judge of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory, to attend the chamber. I present the following paper:
Oaths and Affirmations Act, pursuant to section 10A—Nomination of Justice Richard Christopher Refshauge, Judge of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory—Letter by email from the Chief Justice to the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly, dated 19 July 2016.
Mr Justice Refshauge attended accordingly—