Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 3 Hansard (26 March) . . Page.. 602 ..
MR SPEAKER: Section 9 of the Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Act 1988 and section 10A of the Oaths and Affirmations Act 1984 provide that a member of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory shall, before taking his or her seat, make and subscribe an oath or affirmation in accordance with the form set out in the Oaths and Affirmations Act.
The oath or affirmation is required 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. His Honour Mr Justice Miles, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory, will attend the chamber so that the new member may make an affirmation.
The Chief Justice attending accordingly -
Ms Marion Reilly was introduced and made and subscribed the affirmation of allegiance required by law.
The Chief Justice retired.
MR SPEAKER: Ms Reilly, on behalf of all members, I bid you a warm welcome to the Assembly.
Statement by Speaker
MR SPEAKER: I inform the Assembly that, on 5 March 1996, Mr Berry advised me that the Australian Labor Party had elected Mr Whitecross as its leader and that he had consented to be Leader of the Opposition. I therefore recognise Mr Whitecross as Leader of the Opposition from 5 March 1996, in accordance with the provisions of standing order 5A.