Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 10 Hansard (30 August) . . Page.. 3877..
MR SMYTH (continuing):
Having considered all of this, the government believes it is appropriate that we clearly affirm the views of the Assembly, as we are indeed required to do. It is also important that, at the end of this very long process, we give the people of Gungahlin certainty about the Assembly decision and that they get a road which will follow a certain route.
I seek leave to present the papers.
MR SMYTH: I present the following papers:
Gungahlin Drive Extension-Copies of correspondence relating to Draft Variation No 138 to the Territory Plan-Gungahlin Drive Extension-from the National Capital Authority to the Executive Director, Planning and Land Management, dated 8 May 2001, 9 May 2001, 19 June 2001, and 27 July 2001.
MR MOORE (Minister for Health, Housing and Community Services) (10.37): I move:
That the Assembly do now adjourn.
Since I came into the Assembly in May 1989, a number of people have been incredibly supportive. I would like to thank them for that support.
I start with my wife, Helen, who is here in the chamber this evening, and my three children, Jason, Brenton and Heidi. Only people who have children growing up can understand the impact that politics has on families. It has both negative and positive impacts, as every job does. In politics the impacts are significantly more intense, because politics is so invasive for families. Their contribution and their support have been absolutely fantastic. From the bottom of my heart, I thank them.
It is a curious thing that my son Jason started school on the very day we launched our campaign for the First Assembly. He will complete his year 12 about the same time as the election in October. So for his whole school life I have been politics and for the whole lives of my other children I have been politics.
I would also like to say a special thank you to my parents-in-law, Eric and Enid Wigley, who live in the next street from me. I have a wonderful picture of Eric Wigley, whom I know Mr Kaine knows very well, at the first election handing out leaflets with a very dear friend of his who came to visit and who, for a very short while, handed out a few leaflets for us as well. He would probably roll in his grave if I named him here. It was Fred Daly. It was very funny. He did that out of his friendship with Eric, who has always provided for me sage advice and tremendous personal support. My wife's family, the Wigley family, as a whole have provided personal and strong support. It has been fantastic having that family support here in Canberra. My own family are spread throughout Australia.