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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 7 Hansard (15 August) . . Page.. 2104..


MR SPEAKER: I thank members.

Distinguished visitors

MR SPEAKER: I acknowledge the presence in the Assembly of a delegation from the interim assembly of the government of South Sudan. The delegation is headed by his Excellency, General James Wani Igga, the Speaker of the interim government of South Sudan. Welcome.

Minister for Health and Attorney-General

Motion of want of confidence

MR STEFANIAK (Ginninderra-Leader of the Opposition) (10.57): I seek leave to move a motion of want of confidence in the Minister for Health and the Attorney-General.

Leave granted.

MR STEFANIAK: I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) the failure of the Minister for Health, Ms Katy Gallagher MLA, to support cabinet decisions made by the ACT Government;

(b) the failure of the Attorney-General, Mr Simon Corbell MLA, to support cabinet decisions made by the ACT Government;

(c) the policy areas in which Ms Gallagher and Mr Corbell have demonstrated these failures, namely the ACT Government's proposed school closures and proposed reductions in superannuation for new ACT Public Service employees;

(d) the forum in which Ms Gallagher and Mr Corbell have demonstrated these failures, namely at the ACT Labor Party annual conference held on 29 July 2006; and

    1. that both Ms Gallagher and Mr Corbell have breached the ACT Code of Conduct for Ministers that states:

"All Ministers who make up the Executive of the Government acknowledge that the collective decisions of Cabinet are binding on them individually. If a Minister is unable to publicly support a Cabinet decision, the proper course is to resign from Cabinet."; and

(2) expresses its want of confidence in Ms Gallagher and Mr Corbell for the reasons noted above.


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