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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 13 Hansard (Thursday, 27 November 2014) . . Page.. 4347 ..

Thursday, 11 December 2014

MADAM SPEAKER (Mrs Dunne) took the chair at 11 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 Chief Minister

MADAM SPEAKER: Members, in accordance with section 45 of the Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Act 1988 I advise that I have received a letter from Ms Gallagher MLA, Chief Minister, dated 10 December 2014, in which she tendered her resignation as Chief Minister. I table the following papers:

Resignation of Chief Minister—Written notice from Ms Gallagher MLA, dated 10 December 2014.

Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Act 1988 (Cwlth), pursuant to paragraph 40(2)(b)—Notice convening a meeting of the Eighth Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory at 11 a.m. on Thursday, 11 December 2014, dated 10 December 2014 (Special Gazette No. S2, Thursday 11 December, 2014).

Election of Chief Minister

MADAM SPEAKER: The Assembly will now proceed to the election of a Chief Minister. Is there a proposal?

MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo) (11.02): I propose Mr Andrew Barr, and I move:

That Mr Barr be elected Chief Minister for the Territory.

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Barr, is the nomination accepted?

MR BARR (Molonglo—Deputy Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Housing and Minister for Tourism and Events) (11.02): Yes, Madam Speaker.

Yesterday my colleagues in the ACT Labor caucus elected me unopposed to their parliamentary leadership. I am deeply humbled by the responsibility and grateful for the honour. In turn today my colleague, friend and predecessor as Labor leader, Ms Gallagher, has nominated me for election as Chief Minister by this Assembly. I accept the nomination. Like Chief Minister Gallagher and Chief Minister Stanhope before her, I look forward to the support of the majority of the people’s representatives and if elected, like my predecessors chief ministers Stanhope and Gallagher, I will seek to govern our city in the interests of every suburb and every citizen.

MADAM SPEAKER: Is there any further proposal?

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