Page 2699 - Week 08 - Wednesday, 21 September 2022

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It is a minor amendment which puts our reporting date at the end of the sitting period instead of the middle. It also provides a very small increase in the time available for the committee to undertake its work.

Amendment agreed to.

Original question, as amended, resolved in the affirmative.

Estimates 2022-2023—Select Committee


MR BRADDOCK (Yerrabi) (5.19), by leave: I move:

That the resolution of the Assembly of 24 March 2022, as amended 15 August 2022 and 21 September 2022, which established the Select Committee on Estimates 2022-2023 be amended by omitting paragraph (7A) and substituting “(7A) the Committee is to be dissolved on 31 October 2022;”.

I thank the Assembly for its indulgence. Upon figuring out the reporting date for the estimates committee, before the privileges committee, we are satisfied that we are able to complete all requirements for the estimates committee by 31 October.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Ms Julia Agostino—resignation

Statement by Speaker

MADAM SPEAKER: Members, I want to make some remarks about Ms Julia Agostino, who is Deputy Clerk and Serjeant-at-Arms, who finishes at the Assembly at the end of this week, after almost five years in the Assembly. Julia was the first woman to be appointed permanently to the position of Deputy Clerk and Serjeant-at-Arms in the Assembly. In many ways, we almost got female majority across many positions, so that was very good to see.

Julia has managed a significant change in the way committee services are delivered in the Assembly. Those members on committees will appreciate the efforts that she has put into that. She has also managed the Hansard, Chamber Support and Library offices during her time here. In addition, Julia often acted as Clerk, during his absences. She accompanied me and Mrs Kikkert—again an all-female delegation—to our twin parliament of Kiribati during the last Assembly.

I have indeed enjoyed working with Julia. On behalf of all members, I would like to thank Julia for her work here in the Assembly and wish her all the best for her future endeavours.

Members: Hear, hear!

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