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Statement by Chief Minister Katy Gallagher MLA

By Canfan 5 December 2014 51

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Today I have spoken with my caucus colleagues and Minister Shane Rattenbury MLA to let them know that I will be a candidate for the upcoming Senate vacancy created by Senator Kate Lundy who has announced she will not be contesting the next federal election.

Because of my decision and out of respect for the office of Chief Minister I have informed my colleagues that I will be resigning as Chief Minister on Wednesday next week.

Since Senator Lundy’s announcement the Federal Labor Leader Bill Shorten and Senate leader Penny Wong have both contacted me asking me to join the federal Labor team.

After much consideration I have decided that I can use the skills I have gained in my time as Chief Minister to step into the federal arena to stand up for Canberra, defend our city and be a strong local voice for our nation’s capital. This job has never been more important than now.

This has been a very difficult decision for me. I love the job of Chief Minister and it has been an absolute privilege to serve the people of the ACT in that capacity over the last three and a half years.

Every day that I have spent in the Assembly over the past 13 years – as an MLA, a minister and then Chief Minister – I have worked hard to do the right thing by the people of Canberra, to represent their interests, and to speak up on their behalf and on behalf of the city I love.

I have been humbled by the Canberra community’s support for me and the government I have led. I am proud of our achievements and grateful to have had the opportunity to have made a contribution at this level.

Whilst it has been a hard decision to make it has been made easier with the fact that there are so many capable, good people in the ACT Labor team to carry on our work.

It is the right time for me to hand over to the next generation of local leaders who will continue to provide the policy direction and good government this community deserves.

I would like to thank all my Labor colleagues and staff, Minister Rattenbury and his staff for their support and loyalty during my time in the Assembly.

I also pay tribute to be long and distinguished career of Kate Lundy whose dedication to her community over the past 19 years has been exemplary.

Katy Gallagher MLA

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Wily_Bear 10:32 pm 08 Dec 14

James_Ryan said :

What a shame!

Ms Gallagher is the only local politician from the two major parties with sufficient enough balance of common sense and compassion to lead us where we need to go as a community. I fear the implications of this development in the immediate future. The talent pool isn’t exactly deep.

It is a shame for the ACT community, however should Katy’s attributes of common sense and compassion prove influential in the federal arena, it will be a win for the nation. The talent there at the moment is more of a puddle than a pool.

GrumpyMark 8:46 am 08 Dec 14

dungfungus said :


Thanks for that but to be fair to you I think there is confusion is about Lundy supposedly resigning in March 2015 which isn’t necessarily vacating her seat before the next Federal election which could be up to two years away. An election could be held earlier than that if the opposition continues to frustrate budget repair bills.
Now, getting back to my original query, what is CM Gallagher going to do for the next 18 – 24 months?

Section 44 of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 clearly covers the event of a casual vacancy in the Senate as it relates to Territories. Specifically clause 1 states:

” (1) If the place of a Senator for the Australian Capital Territory becomes vacant before the expiration of his or her term of service, the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory shall choose a person to hold the place until the expiration of the term, but if the Legislative Assembly is not in session when the vacancy is notified, the Chief Minister for the Australian Capital Territory may appoint a person to hold the place until the expiration of 14 days from the beginning of the next session of the Legislative Assembly or the expiration of the term, whichever first happens.”

So, when/if Kate Lundy resigns from the Senate there are provisions for a replacement to be appointed prior to the next federal election.

To answer your question – she will probably be selected by the CM and/or LA to take up the vacant seat in the Senate.

Also I’m not sure why you are confused about the March timeline for Senator Lundy’s resignation as there seems to no confusion in the story on her (Lundy’s) website – http://www.katelundy.com.au/2014/12/05/act-labor-timeline-for-preselection/ – which states in part:

“… Senator Lundy has also indicated the timeline for her retirement from the Senate.

“Senator Lundy has spoken to me over this week and has indicated that she intends to resign from the Senate on 31 March 2015” Mr Byrne said. …”

Like you said in an earlier post, “Why let facts get in the way of a good story.”

Vindalu 9:42 pm 07 Dec 14

Once , twice. always a lady!

dungfungus 6:24 pm 07 Dec 14

Pork Hunt said :

dungfungus said :

Pork Hunt said :

dungfungus said :

GrumpyMark said :

Jon said :

Let me start by saying I think that Ms. Gallagher will be a fantastic replacement for Kate Lundy and a good voice for the people of the ACT. She has been a great CM and I think she’ll do a great job as a senator.

But I do have a technical/procedural question: Under the rules of a senate casual vacancy, did she choose her next job?

As far as I can read it, the ACT Legislative Assembly hasn’t sat since the 19th November, so does that mean (under section 44 of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918), that Ms. Gallagher chose herself to be Kate Lundy’s replacement? From what I can tell, outside the Legislative Assembly sitting, the Chief Minister chooses the replacement (and the only official limitation I can see under the rules is that the senator must be from the same party as the retiring senator (1977)).

As I said – I think Ms. Gallagher will be great for the ACT, but I am curious how this works from a technical point of view. Anyone know?

The vacancy will not arise in the Senate until Kate Lundy officially leaves – which as I understand it from what I have read, will be in March 2015.

Ms Gallagher had advised she has resigned as CM and a new CM will be elected by the Labor Caucus next week. Consequently when the casual vacancy actually occurs, Katy Gallagher will not be the CM.

Why let facts get in the way of a good story.
So, what is ex-CM Gallagher going to do for the next 18 months?
Honorary professor at Canberra University is the usual path to transition.

Ex-CM (if preselected by her party) will become Senator on or about the day KL resigns (March 2015). Don’t know where you get your 18 months from?
That’s my understanding of filling a Senate vacancy and am happy to be corrected on that.

Territory senators’ terms commence on the date of their election and end on the day of the next election. They therefore do not have the fixed six year terms commencing on 1 July of the senators elected to represent the states. Their terms are, however, unbroken, which is important in ensuring that the Senate has a full complement of members during an election period. Their elections coincide with general elections for the House of Representatives.

You are right, I was wrong…

Thanks for that but to be fair to you I think there is confusion is about Lundy supposedly resigning in March 2015 which isn’t necessarily vacating her seat before the next Federal election which could be up to two years away. An election could be held earlier than that if the opposition continues to frustrate budget repair bills.
Now, getting back to my original query, what is CM Gallagher going to do for the next 18 – 24 months?

Pork Hunt 9:31 am 07 Dec 14

dungfungus said :

Pork Hunt said :

dungfungus said :

GrumpyMark said :

Jon said :

Let me start by saying I think that Ms. Gallagher will be a fantastic replacement for Kate Lundy and a good voice for the people of the ACT. She has been a great CM and I think she’ll do a great job as a senator.

But I do have a technical/procedural question: Under the rules of a senate casual vacancy, did she choose her next job?

As far as I can read it, the ACT Legislative Assembly hasn’t sat since the 19th November, so does that mean (under section 44 of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918), that Ms. Gallagher chose herself to be Kate Lundy’s replacement? From what I can tell, outside the Legislative Assembly sitting, the Chief Minister chooses the replacement (and the only official limitation I can see under the rules is that the senator must be from the same party as the retiring senator (1977)).

As I said – I think Ms. Gallagher will be great for the ACT, but I am curious how this works from a technical point of view. Anyone know?

The vacancy will not arise in the Senate until Kate Lundy officially leaves – which as I understand it from what I have read, will be in March 2015.

Ms Gallagher had advised she has resigned as CM and a new CM will be elected by the Labor Caucus next week. Consequently when the casual vacancy actually occurs, Katy Gallagher will not be the CM.

Why let facts get in the way of a good story.
So, what is ex-CM Gallagher going to do for the next 18 months?
Honorary professor at Canberra University is the usual path to transition.

Ex-CM (if preselected by her party) will become Senator on or about the day KL resigns (March 2015). Don’t know where you get your 18 months from?
That’s my understanding of filling a Senate vacancy and am happy to be corrected on that.

Territory senators’ terms commence on the date of their election and end on the day of the next election. They therefore do not have the fixed six year terms commencing on 1 July of the senators elected to represent the states. Their terms are, however, unbroken, which is important in ensuring that the Senate has a full complement of members during an election period. Their elections coincide with general elections for the House of Representatives.

You are right, I was wrong…

dungfungus 8:27 am 07 Dec 14

Pork Hunt said :

dungfungus said :

GrumpyMark said :

Jon said :

Let me start by saying I think that Ms. Gallagher will be a fantastic replacement for Kate Lundy and a good voice for the people of the ACT. She has been a great CM and I think she’ll do a great job as a senator.

But I do have a technical/procedural question: Under the rules of a senate casual vacancy, did she choose her next job?

As far as I can read it, the ACT Legislative Assembly hasn’t sat since the 19th November, so does that mean (under section 44 of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918), that Ms. Gallagher chose herself to be Kate Lundy’s replacement? From what I can tell, outside the Legislative Assembly sitting, the Chief Minister chooses the replacement (and the only official limitation I can see under the rules is that the senator must be from the same party as the retiring senator (1977)).

As I said – I think Ms. Gallagher will be great for the ACT, but I am curious how this works from a technical point of view. Anyone know?

The vacancy will not arise in the Senate until Kate Lundy officially leaves – which as I understand it from what I have read, will be in March 2015.

Ms Gallagher had advised she has resigned as CM and a new CM will be elected by the Labor Caucus next week. Consequently when the casual vacancy actually occurs, Katy Gallagher will not be the CM.

Why let facts get in the way of a good story.
So, what is ex-CM Gallagher going to do for the next 18 months?
Honorary professor at Canberra University is the usual path to transition.

Ex-CM (if preselected by her party) will become Senator on or about the day KL resigns (March 2015). Don’t know where you get your 18 months from?
That’s my understanding of filling a Senate vacancy and am happy to be corrected on that.

Territory senators’ terms commence on the date of their election and end on the day of the next election. They therefore do not have the fixed six year terms commencing on 1 July of the senators elected to represent the states. Their terms are, however, unbroken, which is important in ensuring that the Senate has a full complement of members during an election period. Their elections coincide with general elections for the House of Representatives.

Pork Hunt 7:48 am 07 Dec 14

dungfungus said :

GrumpyMark said :

Jon said :

Let me start by saying I think that Ms. Gallagher will be a fantastic replacement for Kate Lundy and a good voice for the people of the ACT. She has been a great CM and I think she’ll do a great job as a senator.

But I do have a technical/procedural question: Under the rules of a senate casual vacancy, did she choose her next job?

As far as I can read it, the ACT Legislative Assembly hasn’t sat since the 19th November, so does that mean (under section 44 of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918), that Ms. Gallagher chose herself to be Kate Lundy’s replacement? From what I can tell, outside the Legislative Assembly sitting, the Chief Minister chooses the replacement (and the only official limitation I can see under the rules is that the senator must be from the same party as the retiring senator (1977)).

As I said – I think Ms. Gallagher will be great for the ACT, but I am curious how this works from a technical point of view. Anyone know?

The vacancy will not arise in the Senate until Kate Lundy officially leaves – which as I understand it from what I have read, will be in March 2015.

Ms Gallagher had advised she has resigned as CM and a new CM will be elected by the Labor Caucus next week. Consequently when the casual vacancy actually occurs, Katy Gallagher will not be the CM.

Why let facts get in the way of a good story.
So, what is ex-CM Gallagher going to do for the next 18 months?
Honorary professor at Canberra University is the usual path to transition.

Ex-CM (if preselected by her party) will become Senator on or about the day KL resigns (March 2015). Don’t know where you get your 18 months from?
That’s my understanding of filling a Senate vacancy and am happy to be corrected on that.

dungfungus 6:40 pm 06 Dec 14

GrumpyMark said :

Jon said :

Let me start by saying I think that Ms. Gallagher will be a fantastic replacement for Kate Lundy and a good voice for the people of the ACT. She has been a great CM and I think she’ll do a great job as a senator.

But I do have a technical/procedural question: Under the rules of a senate casual vacancy, did she choose her next job?

As far as I can read it, the ACT Legislative Assembly hasn’t sat since the 19th November, so does that mean (under section 44 of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918), that Ms. Gallagher chose herself to be Kate Lundy’s replacement? From what I can tell, outside the Legislative Assembly sitting, the Chief Minister chooses the replacement (and the only official limitation I can see under the rules is that the senator must be from the same party as the retiring senator (1977)).

As I said – I think Ms. Gallagher will be great for the ACT, but I am curious how this works from a technical point of view. Anyone know?

The vacancy will not arise in the Senate until Kate Lundy officially leaves – which as I understand it from what I have read, will be in March 2015.

Ms Gallagher had advised she has resigned as CM and a new CM will be elected by the Labor Caucus next week. Consequently when the casual vacancy actually occurs, Katy Gallagher will not be the CM.

Why let facts get in the way of a good story.
So, what is ex-CM Gallagher going to do for the next 18 months?
Honorary professor at Canberra University is the usual path to transition.

GrumpyMark 4:53 pm 06 Dec 14

Jon said :

Let me start by saying I think that Ms. Gallagher will be a fantastic replacement for Kate Lundy and a good voice for the people of the ACT. She has been a great CM and I think she’ll do a great job as a senator.

But I do have a technical/procedural question: Under the rules of a senate casual vacancy, did she choose her next job?

As far as I can read it, the ACT Legislative Assembly hasn’t sat since the 19th November, so does that mean (under section 44 of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918), that Ms. Gallagher chose herself to be Kate Lundy’s replacement? From what I can tell, outside the Legislative Assembly sitting, the Chief Minister chooses the replacement (and the only official limitation I can see under the rules is that the senator must be from the same party as the retiring senator (1977)).

As I said – I think Ms. Gallagher will be great for the ACT, but I am curious how this works from a technical point of view. Anyone know?

The vacancy will not arise in the Senate until Kate Lundy officially leaves – which as I understand it from what I have read, will be in March 2015.

Ms Gallagher had advised she has resigned as CM and a new CM will be elected by the Labor Caucus next week. Consequently when the casual vacancy actually occurs, Katy Gallagher will not be the CM.

astrojax 2:32 pm 06 Dec 14

JessP said :

Could she take light rail with her? Please?

what, to canberra..?

dungfungus 12:30 pm 06 Dec 14

Masquara said :

rommeldog56 said :

Still, I recall an interview with Katy G a while ago where she said she wasn’t going anywhere, that she loved her job as Chief Minister, etc, – but things change.

She said that about a month ago! This must have come up after Lundy’s announcement.

People in Melbourne made the decisions. The factions are alive and well. Stanhope won’t be happy.

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