Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 07 Hansard (Tuesday, 30 July 2019) . . Page.. 2353 ..
Tuesday, 30 July 2019
MADAM SPEAKER (Ms J Burch) took the chair at 10 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 member
Statement by Speaker
MADAM SPEAKER: Pursuant to the resolution of the Assembly of 27 March 1992, as amended on 6 March 2008, which authorises me to receive written notice of resignation of a member, I wish to inform the Assembly that the Acting Speaker received a written notice from Ms M Fitzharris, dated 8 July 2019. Pursuant to subsection 13(3) of the Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Act 1988, I present the following papers:
Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Act 1988 (Cwlth), pursuant to subsection 13(3)—Resignation of office as Member—Ms M Fitzharris—Letter of resignation, dated 8 July 2019.
Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory—Casual Vacancy—Copy of letter to the Electoral Commissioner, ACT Electoral Commission, from the Acting Speaker, dated 8 July 2019.
Announcement of member to fill casual vacancy
MADAM SPEAKER: The Clerk has been notified by the Electoral Commissioner that, pursuant to sections 189 and 194 of the Electoral Act 1992, Mr Deepak-Raj Gupta has been declared elected to the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Ms Fitzharris. I present the following paper:
Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory—Casual Vacancy—Declaration of the poll—Letter from the Electoral Commissioner, ACT Electoral Commission, to the Clerk, ACT Legislative Assembly, dated 23 July 2019.
Oath or affirmation
MADAM SPEAKER: The provisions of the Oaths and Affirmations Act 1984 require 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.
The Chief Justice attended accordingly—
Oath by member
Mr Gupta was introduced and made and subscribed the oath required by law.