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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 1 Hansard (28 April) . . Page.. 21 ..

Ms Carnell: Mr Speaker, I can guarantee that the papers that I have tabled are the total correspondence between Mr Moore and me with regard to the setting up of the fifth ministry. I have to say that I have not sought advice from the departments in any way with regard to this approach. The letters involved are the documentation that has passed between Mr Moore and me.


MR HUMPHRIES (Attorney-General, Minister for Justice and Community Safety and Minister Assisting the Treasurer) (10.39): Mr Speaker, I seek leave to move a motion concerning the principles of government in the Australian Capital Territory.

Leave granted.

MR HUMPHRIES: I thank members. I move:

That this Assembly endorses the principles of responsible and stable government in the Australian Capital Territory.

I also ask that leave of the Assembly be given to enable all members to conclude their remarks. Briefly, Mr Speaker, this enables members to deliver maiden speeches in this place and to do so without limitation of time.

MR SPEAKER: Before I call any of the new members, I wish to remind longer-term members that these are inaugural speeches. It is traditional that they be heard in silence, and I would expect them to be.

MR SMYTH (Minister for Urban Services) (10.40): Mr Speaker, it is with great honour that I stand here today. It is an honour because I am here to serve the people of Brindabella. To be elected by the people of Tuggeranong, Chifley, Torrens and Pearce is an honour because what it says is that they place in me a trust to represent them in this place for the next 31/2 years. As their member and as a member of the Government, it is important to put on the record how I see that role. First of all, I come here to serve. As a child, I had the great example of my mother and father - Dad, through business; and Mum, in the community. We were raised to serve. We were raised to put back into our community something substantial, something important, and to help others where we could. Politicians, even though they are denigrated often by the public and perhaps misrepresented in the press, all work to serve those who have elected them.

It is a great time for the people of Brindabella. It is a great time because Brindabella as an electorate is maturing and growing up, and the majority of us in Brindabella would not like to be thought of now as residents of Nappy Valley. There are a few things that are about to happen in the electorate of Brindabella that will see Tuggeranong, particularly, flourish. Some of the catalysts for this are the activities of the last Carnell Government

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