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Tuesday, 2 May 2006

MR SPEAKER (Mr Berry) took the chair at 10.30 am, made a formal recognition that the Assembly was meeting on the lands of the traditional owners, and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Announcement of member to fill casual vacancy

MR SPEAKER: The Clerk has been notified by the Electoral Commissioner that, pursuant to sections 189 and 194 of the Electoral Act 1992, Mr Andrew Barr has been declared elected to the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Mr Ted Quinlan. I present the following paper:

Legislative Assembly for the ACT—Casual Vacancy—Declaration of the polls—Letter from the Electoral Commissioner, ACT Electoral Commission, to the Clerk, ACT Legislative Assembly, dated 5 April 2006.

Oath or affirmation of allegiance

MR SPEAKER: In accordance with the provisions of the Oaths and Affirmations Act 1984 which requires 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, His Honour Chief Justice Higgins, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory, will attend the chamber.

The Chief Justice attending accordingly—

Oath of allegiance by member

Mr Andrew Barr was introduced and made and subscribed the oath of allegiance required by law.

The Chief Justice having retired—

MR SPEAKER: On behalf of all members, I bid you a warm welcome to the Assembly.

Inaugural speech

MR BARR: I seek leave of the Assembly to make my inaugural speech.

Leave granted.

MR BARR: Thank you, Mr Speaker. I thank my Assembly colleagues for the opportunity to deliver my inaugural speech today. I would like to begin by acknowledging the Ngunnawal people, on whose land we are meeting. I recognise their continuing contribution to the life of our community and pay my respects to their elders.

It is a humbling experience to be standing in the Assembly representing the people of Molonglo and the Australian Labor Party. Whilst the Assembly and the chamber are not

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