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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2000 Week 12 Hansard (7 December) . . Page.. 3943..


Ms Kate Carnell

Valedictory

MS TUCKER (11.05): I would also like to wish Ms Carnell the best of luck in her new life. I have listened to what has been said tonight by people who have worked with Ms Carnell. I have hardly ever seen eye - to - eye with Ms Carnell, but on the couple of occasions that I have, I have enjoyed working with her. She has a quick intelligence. I can understand why people who have the same world view would be very pleased with how she operates, and I can understand their regret at her leaving.

Paul Osborne's very moving statement made me reflect on the very unnatural working environment of this place. As human beings we all have in some way to deal with what is a very conflictive environment, and I think what Paul said is worth considering. I personally have never felt hatred for anybody in this place. I have felt anger but I get over it. I think as individuals we can work with the anger that we feel - as in the case of Mr Moore today. But obviously the issue is one of getting over it.

I want to make it clear that I sincerely wish Kate Carnell the best in her life. I was obviously concerned about the issues of the Bruce Stadium and so on. I took a position that I felt I had to take for the Greens because of the way I thought a government and Chief Minister should be operating. I would like to make clear that it was on that level that I was responding.

I would like to wish everybody here a good break and a happy Christmas. I know that next year will be very tense. The unnatural environment that we live in here will be even more tense, so let us hope, as Mr Osborne expressed in his speech, that we can reflect on how we behave as individuals.

I would like to thank the staff of all members, the DLOs, and the other people who work in the building - I will not list them but they know who they are. I would like to thank in particular the people who work with me in my office. We are a very tight team and I respect them immensely. They have always been there for me and I hope I have been there for them.

Ms Kate Carnell

MR RUGENDYKE (11.08): I, too, recall the first time I met Ms Kate Carnell. I seem to recall that it was at a charity event of some sort, a fairly brief moment in time where we brushed past each other. Kate's fairly blase words were along the lines: "Dave, when are you going to have a run with us?" to which my equally blase reply was: "Don't be so stupid." I just wonder how history would treat us if our meeting on that day was a little less blase.

I, too, have children who are intense Kate Carnell fans. In fact, my children actually have Kate Carnell clothes. I, too, congratulate Kate on the things that she has done for the ACT in the time that she has been in politics. Everything that has been said tonight is sincere, is true, and everybody who meets Kate is proud to know her.


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