Page 12 - Week 01 - Tuesday, 6 November 2012

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those ideas during the negotiations had it not been for the hard work done over the last four years by that team. I approach the next four years here in the Assembly with a very strong bedrock of ideas and policies that have been put in place by my former colleagues, and that fills me with great confidence.

I am optimistic about the next four years. There are challenges that lie ahead for me, my staff and my party. But I am optimistic because in those challenges I will not be alone. I have the strong support of my party, which has a record number of members, and they are full of enthusiasm for the next four years. In those challenges I will be guided by the great ideas for Canberra that my party has prepared and 17 years of accumulated experience of working from the crossbench.

I look forward to working with all members of the Assembly over the next four years.


MADAM SPEAKER: I also note the presence in the gallery of another of my predecessors, Ms Roberta McRae. I welcome you back to the Assembly.

Election of Deputy Speaker

MADAM SPEAKER: We now move to the nomination of candidates for Deputy Speaker. Standing order 4 requires that the Assembly proceed, at its first sitting after an election, to elect a Deputy Speaker.

MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Chief Minister) (10.52): I propose Mary Porter, and move:

That Ms Porter be elected Deputy Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: Ms Porter, do you accept the nomination?


MADAM SPEAKER: Is there any further proposal?

The time for proposals has expired. There being no further proposal, I declare Ms Porter, the member proposed, to have been elected as Deputy Speaker.


Madam Speaker presented the following papers that were circulated to members when the Assembly was not sitting:

Auditor-General Act—Auditor-General’s Report No 8/2012—Australian Capital Territory Public Service Recruitment Practices, dated 25 October 2012.

Government Agencies (Campaign Advertising) Act, pursuant to subsection 20(2)—Independent Reviewer—Report for the period 1 July to 14 September 2012, dated 20 September 2012.

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