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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 1 Hansard (18 February) . . Page.. 54..


Oath or affirmation of allegiance

MR 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, His Honour Chief Justice Higgins, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory, will attend the chamber.

The Chief Justice attending accordingly-

Oath of allegiance by member

Mrs Jacqui Burke was introduced and made and subscribed the oath of allegiance required by law.

The Chief Justice having retired-

MR SPEAKER: Mrs Burke, on behalf of members, I welcome you.

Senate vacancy

MR STANHOPE (Chief Minister, Attorney-General, Minister for Community Affairs and Minister for the Environment) (10.37): Mr Speaker, I seek leave to move a motion to adopt procedures for the choice of a person to hold the place of a senator for the Australian Capital Territory.

Leave granted.

MR STANHOPE: I move:

That:

(1) in accordance with the provisions of section 44 of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918, should the Chief Minister advise the Assembly of the receipt of a notification from the President of the Senate that the place of a senator for the Australian Capital Territory has become vacant before the expiration of his or her term of service, the Chief Minister shall present to the Assembly the notification from the President of the Senate or a copy of the notification and, notwithstanding the provisions of standing order 123, shall, unless the Assembly otherwise orders, move either:

(a) That consideration of the choice of a person to hold the vacant place of a senator for the Australian Capital Territory shall proceed forthwith; or

(b) That consideration of the choice of a person to hold the vacant place of a senator for the Australian Capital Territory shall be set down for a future day; and

should consideration be set down for a future day, notwithstanding the provisions of standing order 77, it shall have precedence of all Executive, private members' and Assembly business on that day;


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