Vicki Dunne

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Vicki Dunne
6th Speaker of the ACT Legislative Assembly
In office
6 November 2012 – 31 October 2016
DeputyMary Porter
Preceded byShane Rattenbury
Succeeded byJoy Burch
Member of the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly
for Ginninderra
In office
20 October 2001 – 17 October 2020
Personal details
Born (1956-12-25) 25 December 1956 (age 66)
Lismore, New South Wales
Political partyLiberal Party

Vicki Ann Dunne (born 25 December 1956), an Australian politician, was a member of the unicameral Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly, from 2001 to 2020, representing the electoral district of Ginninderra for the Liberal Party.[1]

Dunne was first elected at the 2001 ACT general election, defeating prominent sitting member and fellow Liberal, Harold Hird, by just 55 votes, after distribution of preferences. Following the announcement of the election result in 2001, Hird sought a recount of the votes in the electorate of Ginninderra. Hird's request for a recount was rejected by both the Electoral Commissioner and, on appeal, the full ACT Electoral Commission. In considering the request, the Commissioner and the full Commission had regard to the level of accuracy achieved by the data entry of paper ballots and the computer count. The Commission was satisfied that the level of accuracy was so high that a recount in any form could not have improved on the accuracy of the original count, and that there was no probability that the original count had indicated that the wrong candidates had been elected, given the margins between the winning and losing candidates.[2]

Prior to entering the Assembly, Dunne had served on the staff of the then Chief Minister of the ACT, Gary Humphries.[3] Dunne held the position of Speaker of the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly from 2012 to 2016. Although a coalition of Labour and Greens had been formed after the ACT election of 2012, the sole Green MP Shane Rattenbury had also announced to support the Liberal Party's candidate for the Speaker post, allowing Dunne to be elected. Labour MP Mary Porter was elected her deputy.[4]

Dunne has been associated with the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) for several years including as one of the Regional Representatives on the CPA Executive Committee for the CPA Australia Region between 2013 and 2015 and as the CPA Treasurer between 2016 and 2019.

Dunne did not stand for re-election to the ACT parliament in October 2020.[5]

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  1. ^ "Members of the ACT Legislative Assembly". ACT Legislative Assembly. 2014. Retrieved 25 March 2014.
  2. ^ "2001 ACT Elections Electronic Voting & Counting System Review Executive Summary". ACT Electoral Commission. 19 June 2002. Archived from the original on 14 September 2009. Retrieved 4 September 2010.
  3. ^ Crown Content Who's Who in Australia 2007 page 655
  4. ^ "MLAs sworn in, Dunne elected speaker". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 6 November 2012. Retrieved 1 December 2018.
  5. ^ Giannini, Dominic (28 August 2020). "Vicki Dunne and Caroline Le Couteur bid farewell to the Assembly". The RiotACT. Retrieved 19 October 2020.
Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly
Preceded by Speaker of the ACT Legislative Assembly
Succeeded by