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I am standing in this place because an ever-growing number of people, including some of our most respected scientists, are becoming increasingly concerned about the future. To achieve change, we do need a long-term perspective, courage and optimism. Over the next three years I hope to work with my constituents, my friend and colleague Lucy Horodny and our staff to create real and lasting changes. Those changes will occur only if we work from our principles with the community, listening to their concerns, encouraging their activism, and promoting solutions that will help create a clean, green and fair Canberra. I would like to thank the ACT Greens for all their support and help and the constituents of Molonglo for electing me. I look forward to learning many new skills as well as offering a positive contribution to the work of the Assembly.
MR SPEAKER: Members, I would like to extend my congratulations to Mr Hird, Mr Whitecross, Ms Horodny, Mr Osborne and Ms Tucker for their inaugural speeches. I am sure that you would join with me in that. I think they have made both thoughtful and committed contributions in these first speeches. I cannot guarantee, Ms Tucker, that you will be heard with the same attention, and particularly the same silence, as you have this evening, though I do remind my eleven colleagues that they can do it if they try. Nevertheless, thank you for your contributions. I look forward to a continuation of this positive and cooperative input from you all in the next three years in the governance of the ACT.
Question resolved in the affirmative.
DAYS OF MEETING
MR HUMPHRIES (Attorney-General) (8.38): Mr Speaker, I ask for leave to move a motion regarding the days of meeting of the Assembly for 1995.
MR HUMPHRIES: I move:
That, unless the Speaker fixes an alternative date or hour of meeting on receipt of a request in writing from an absolute majority of Members, or the Assembly otherwise orders, the Assembly shall meet as follows for 1995: