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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 01 Hansard (Tuesday, 3 November 2020) . . Page.. 4 ..

MADAM SPEAKER: Are there any further proposals?

MRS JONES (Murrumbidgee) (10.25): I nominate Ms Lee, and I move:

That Ms Lee be elected Chief Minister for the Territory.

MADAM SPEAKER: Does the member accept the nomination?

MS LEE (Kurrajong) (10.25): I accept the nomination.

MADAM SPEAKER: Are there any further proposals? There being no further proposals and the time for proposals having expired, the election of the 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, 16 votes; Ms Lee, 9 votes. Therefore Mr Barr, the candidate with the majority of votes of members present, is declared elected as Chief Minister. Chief Minister, I invite you to take the Chief Minister’s seat at the table.

MR BARR (Kurrajong—Chief Minister) (10.30), by leave: I am incredibly humbled to have the privilege of serving again as Chief Minister. I wish to thank my colleagues for their support and the trust that they have placed in me to lead the government. I sincerely thank the people of Kurrajong for their strong support, once again, at this election and I thank the people of Canberra for voting for a progressive government.

Madam Speaker, I congratulate you on your election and, on behalf of all members in this place, wish you well in what is a very important and, occasionally, challenging role.

I congratulate all the new and returning members of the ACT Legislative Assembly. I know you have all worked tirelessly to engage with your local communities over the course of your campaigns. It is an honour and a privilege to represent Canberrans in this place, and I know you all appreciate the significant trust that has been placed in us to deliver for our community.

Madam Speaker, four years ago, we marked the first time in Australian political history that a parliament included more women than men. I am proud that the ACT Legislative Assembly continues to have the highest proportion of female politicians of any parliament in Australia.

Madam Speaker, this year has been a year like no other, from bushfires to toxic smoke, devastating hailstorms and then a global pandemic. Throughout all of this, protecting the health and livelihoods of Canberrans has been our top priority, and it will remain so as we continue to focus on our economic recovery.

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