Page 5 - Week 01 - Tuesday, 6 November 2012

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MADAM SPEAKER: Is there any further proposal?

MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (10.29): I propose Zed Seselja, and I move:

That Mr Seselja be elected Chief Minister for the Territory.

MADAM SPEAKER: Does the member accept the nomination?

MR SESELJA: I do accept.

MADAM SPEAKER: Is there any further proposal?

The time for proposals has expired. There being more than one candidate proposed, the election of a Chief Minister will proceed by ballot. Ballot papers will be distributed.

A ballot having been taken—

MADAM SPEAKER: The result of the ballot is: Ms Gallagher, nine votes; Mr Seselja, eight votes; therefore Ms Gallagher, the candidate with the majority of votes of members present and voting, is declared Chief Minister.

MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Chief Minister), by leave: I thank the Assembly very much for the great opportunity and privilege of being able to serve this community as Chief Minister for the next four years. Today I stand before you all to commit wholeheartedly to serving the Canberra community to the best of my capacity. I similarly commit each and every member of the Labor caucus to the same work.

Madam Speaker, may I start by congratulating you on your appointment. The role of Speaker is as crucial to good, civilised and democratic governance as any of the titles and roles bestowed in this Assembly. I wish you all the best in what can be a challenging job, and I can assure you that the government will assist you where we can in ensuring your task is as smooth as possible.

I also congratulate and welcome the newcomers to the corridors of the ACT Legislative Assembly: Yvette Berry, Giulia Jones and Andrew Wall. Representing your community as an MLA is a great honour, and I know that you will each carry the title with as much pride as those who have come before you.

Congratulations also to the significant numbers of MLAs who have experienced life as an MLA and who have come back for more, including Mick Gentleman, who rejoins us as a much valued member of the Labor caucus.

I would also like to acknowledge and congratulate Mr Seselja and his Liberal colleagues on their election result. It has been a long and, at times, bitter campaign, and you have been fierce opponents throughout.

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