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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 01 Hansard (Monday, 31 October 2016) . . Page.. 4 ..


MADAM SPEAKER: I thank all members for their support. It is an absolute honour to assume this position. This is a place for scrutiny and vigorous debate but it will also be the place for respect and regard.

Election of Chief Minister

MADAM SPEAKER: The next item of business is the election of a Chief Minister.

MS BERRY (Ginninderra) (10.26): I propose Mr Andrew Barr, and I move:

That Mr Barr be elected Chief Minister for the Territory.

MADAM SPEAKER: Does the member accept the nomination?

MR BARR: I do, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: Is there any further proposal?

MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (10.27): I propose Alistair Coe, and I move:

That Mr Coe be elected Chief Minister for the Territory.

MADAM SPEAKER: Does the member accept the nomination?

MR COE: I do.

MADAM SPEAKER: Is there any further proposal? There being no further proposals and the time for proposals having expired, the election of Chief Minister will proceed by ballot. Ballot papers will be distributed.

A ballot having been taken—

MADAM SPEAKER: The result of the ballot is: Mr Barr, 14 votes; Mr Coe, 11 votes. Therefore Mr Barr, the candidate with the majority of votes of members present and voting, is declared Chief Minister. Chief Minister, I invite you to take the Chief Minister’s seat at the table.

MR BARR (Kurrajong—Chief Minister), by leave: Thank you, Madam Speaker, and I thank colleagues for their support today. I particularly want to thank the people of Canberra for the privilege of being able to serve as their Chief Minister for the next four years.

Madam Speaker, I congratulate you on your election. You have ably demonstrated as the Deputy Speaker in the previous Assembly your capacity to undertake what we all know can be a very challenging job. On behalf of all members in this place, I wish you all the best in your important new role.

I would also this morning like to congratulate and warmly welcome all of the new and returning members. Representing your community in this place is a great honour. I


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