Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 1 Hansard (13 February) . .
Tuesday, 13 February 2018
MADAM SPEAKER (Ms J Burch) 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.
Death of member
MADAM SPEAKER: I have received written notice from Mr Coe, the Leader of the Opposition, advising of the passing of Mr Steve Doszpot MLA on 25 November 2017. I present the following papers:
Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory—Casual vacancy—
Death of Mr Steve Doszpot MLA—Copy of letter from the Leader of the Opposition to the Speaker, dated 27 November 2017.
Copy of letter to the Electoral Commissioner, ACT Electoral Commission, from the Speaker, dated 27 November 2017.
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, Miss Candice Burch has been declared elected to the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory to fill the vacancy. 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 13 December 2017.
Oath or affirmation of allegiance
MADAM SPEAKER: The provisions of the Oaths and Affirmations Act 1984 require 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 of the Supreme Court, Justice Helen Murrell, has authorised the Hon Justice John Burns, a 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 the Hon Justice John Burns, Judge of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory—Letter from the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory to the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly, dated 2 February 2018.
The Hon Justice Burns attended accordingly—