President of the Legislative Council



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SpeakersDella Bosca The Hon John; Gallacher The Hon Michael; Nile Reverend the Hon Fred; Primrose The Hon Peter; Harwin The Hon Don; Moyes Reverend The Hon Dr Gordon; President
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    PRESIDENT OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
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    Election

    The Acting-Clerk of the Parliaments announced that, as this was the first meeting of the House following the periodic Legislative Council election held on 24 March 2007, under section 22G of the Constitution Act 1902 the office of President of the Legislative Council was vacant and it was necessary to choose a member to be President before the House proceeded to the dispatch of business.

    The Acting-Clerk of the Parliaments called for nominations for the office of President.

    The Hon. JOHN DELLA BOSCA (Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Industrial Relations, Minister for the Central Coast, and Minister Assisting the Minister for Finance) [2.56 p.m.]: Madam Clerk, I propose to the House and move:
        That the Honourable Peter Primrose do take the chair of this House as President.

    The Hon. MICHAEL GALLACHER (Leader of the Opposition) [2.56 p.m.]: Madam Clerk, I propose to the House and move:
        That the Honourable Don Harwin do take the chair of this House as President.

    Reverend the Hon. FRED NILE [2.57 p.m.]: Madam Clerk, I propose to the House and move:

        That Reverend the Honourable Dr Gordon Moyes do take the chair of this House as President.

    The Acting-Clerk of the Parliaments invited the three nominees to address the House.

    The Hon. PETER PRIMROSE: I submit myself to the will of the House.

    The Hon. DON HARWIN: I submit myself to the will of the House.

    Reverend the Hon. Dr GORDON MOYES: I submit myself to the will of the House.

    The Acting-Clerk of the Parliaments announced that, there being three nominations, a ballot would be held according to Section 22G of the Constitution Act 1902; and that before proceeding to the ballot the bells would be rung and the doors locked.

    Ballot

    The Acting-Clerk of the Parliaments announced that the House would proceed to a ballot; that the candidates were the Hon. Peter Primrose, the Hon. Don Harwin and Reverend the Hon. Dr Gordon Moyes; and that the Clerks would distribute ballot papers for members to complete in their places.

    The ballot was conducted.

    Declaration of Ballot

    The Acting-Clerk of the Parliaments announced that the result of the ballot was: the Hon. Peter Primrose, 25 votes; the Hon. Don Harwin, 15 votes; Reverend the Hon. Dr Gordon Moyes, 2 votes.

    The Hon. Peter Primrose was declared elected President of the Legislative Council.

    The Hon. Peter Primrose was then taken out of his place by the Hon. John Della Bosca and escorted to the chair.

    The President-elect (The Hon. Peter Thomas Primrose), standing on the upper step, said: I express to honourable members my deep sense of the honour proposed to be conferred upon me. I submit myself to the House.

    The President took the chair.

    The PRESIDENT: I acknowledge that we are meeting on Eora land. I convey to honourable members my deep consciousness of the honour that this House has conferred upon me in choosing me as its independent and impartial President. I express my profound thanks and gratitude for the confidence that is reposed in me.

    The Hon. JOHN DELLA BOSCA (Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Industrial Relations, Minister for the Central Coast, and Minister Assisting the Minister for Finance) [3.12 p.m.]: Mr President, it is with great pleasure that I address you as Mr President for the first time to make a brief congratulatory statement on behalf of the Government. Obviously we believe that you are an outstanding candidate. You have served us well in the past as Whip of our party, as a distinguished member of committees, and as an outstanding representative of your local community and the people of New South Wales. We esteem you as a worthy member of our movement but, most importantly, we respect your abilities to undertake the position of President, in which you will excel with impartiality and with the dignity of which we know you are capable. Thank you very much, Mr President.

    The Hon. MICHAEL GALLACHER (Leader of the Opposition) [3.13 p.m.]: On behalf of the Opposition I, too, congratulate you on your new role as President of the Legislative Council. I make a request of you, as I did of your predecessor, that in the role of President of the Legislative Council you be a champion of fairness and impartiality. There is no doubt that over the years members have had an opportunity to develop a good working relationship with you in your former role as Whip, and we look forward to continuing that working relationship with you as President of this very important Chamber to the people of New South Wales. Congratulations!

    The PRESIDENT: I thank honourable members.