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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 14 Hansard (12 December) . . Page.. 4496..


MS MacDONALD (continuing):

I thank Kel Watt in my office for his incredible brilliance. Because of his absolutely frustrating habits, there are times I could kill him, but his brilliance always makes up for it. Those who are involved know that he is the captain of the Tawny Frogmouths. I understand that our defeat this week was by only one point. That is pretty amazing. I also thank Helen Cooney, who was working for me and unfortunately departed to greener pastures, as she would probably describe it. I miss her organisational abilities to make up for Kel's lack of them and mine.

It has been a very big year for me. It feels not that long ago that I was elected, got married, went away and came back, having managed to avoid being blown up or killed in LA airport. My husband, Brendan, has helped me through the entire year. I am grateful to God for him and grateful that he was able to get through a major operation in September.

Happy Christmas, happy Hanukkah, happy Ramadan. Whatever your faith, may you have a peaceful time.

Suspension of standing and temporary orders

Motion (by Mr Stefaniak ) agreed to, with the concurrence of an absolute majority:

That so much of the standing and temporary orders be suspended as would prevent members who have not yet spoken from addressing the Assembly.

Valedictory

MR HUMPHRIES (10.01): I regret to say that this year I am not able to grace the Assembly with a traditional Christmas speech. I doubt that that regret extends to anybody else in the chamber, but I regret it. Mr Quinlan's Christmas speech was more than adequate. It was more than up to my own standards. I feel sure that he has the capacity to do well in that regard in future years as well.

In the course of this year, by virtue of having thrown myself on the funeral pyre of leadership, I have lost a number of very valued staff. I want to take this opportunity to thank them for what they have done for me and in some cases my predecessors going back quite a few years. Some members of the Liberal staff have been here for a very long time. I want to thank them for the contribution they have made to me and to others in the Liberal team. I am very pleased that my successor has chosen to take up their employment, apart from the ones I have taken myself. They will give very good service to him, as they have given to me.

Mr Speaker, I thank members for the interesting and stimulating year and wish them a very pleasant Christmas and a successful 2003.

ACT Writers Centre

Valedictory

MS DUNDAS (10.03): I rise to add to this adjournment debate. It has been an amazing year, as we have discussed. I appreciate that it has provided me with the opportunity to discover the talent, the passion and the determination that are part of this city. I have


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