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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 10 Hansard (30 August) . . Page.. 3879..


MR MOORE (continuing):

Finally, to each and every member here and to all the candidates at the coming election, I say good luck. Putting your hand up to serve the community in this way is an extraordinarily important contribution to society and to our democracy. Good luck, my colleagues.

Valedictory

MR QUINLAN (10.43): This has been my first Assembly and overall I have enjoyed it. There have been some exciting times. It has been like the curate's egg-good in parts and not so good in others. It has been a learning exercise. In keeping with that, I have decided to be presumptuous enough to make some academic awards. My staff have been working long and hard on these awards-or scholarships, as they might turn out to be.

First, to the Chief Minister, Mr Humphries. I would like to award a bachelor of law. I know he has one, but his debating style is still that of the ANU students debating society. With a second degree in hand, he might remember that he has moved on.

To Mr Stanhope, I offer a scholarship to the Jackie Chan college of self-defence. As a possible future Chief Minister, he is damn well going to need it.

To Mr Smyth, I award a scholarship in journalism, majoring in political speech writing. We have tired of the one you have used for 31/2 years.

On my friend Mr Berry I confer a professorship in the school of hard knocks in the university of life. He will be taking the chair of ancient industrial history.

For Mr Hird, the learning exercise will be an extended secondment to the Commonwealth Club. I see it as a win/win situation that is a match made in heaven. They can both learn a lot from each other.

To Ms Tucker, it is an advanced course in assertiveness training. She is the figurehead for a group of zealots. I think she needs to break loose every now and then. This may help.

On my friend on my left, Mr Hargreaves, I confer a degree in physics. I sit next to him both in caucus and in this place and he constantly fidgets. He therefore receives first class honours in Newton's second law of physics.

To Mr Kaine goes a research grant that will permit him to produce the book Resisting the ageing process, for quite obvious reasons.

For Mr Corbell, there will be a 12 months residential secondment to the Weston Creek Football Club. Simon is a leader of the future, and we need to round out his development, so he must get pissed twice a week with the mob.

Mr Stefaniak receives a short scholarship to the Canberra school of arts. It is about time we polished up our boofy footballers. So you will see a merging between Simon and Bill.

For Mr Wood, there will be a year in a draughty garret somewhere, with a box of paints and a canvas to bring out the frustrated artist.


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