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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 2 Hansard (9 March) . . Page.. 602..


MS GALLAGHER (continuing):

inappropriate "related party disclosure"and has never acted "below the line". As a member of the right faction, he might be described as a "conservative investor". However, I think a more accurate description would be that he has invested considerable "equity"in this government to "rise"our "fair market value".

I am "indebted"to Ted's support for me during our time here together and "appreciate"his good humour and service to the government and the Labor Party. He has set a "high benchmark"for us all. His loss will be a significant "contingent fixed and floating liability"and we will miss the "perpetual goodwill"he has generated amongst all of us here. Thank you, Ted.

Mr Ted Quinlan-retirement

MR STEFANIAK (Ginninderra) (6.14): There's your new Treasurer, I think, Chief Minister.

In farewelling Ted, I think it should be mentioned that his staff are going, too. He made mention of his staff. They have been a very approachable staff for members of the opposition and have always been helpful. To Ted's staff, especially longstanding members such as Jeff, Narelle and Adrian, all the very best for whatever endeavours you follow as well; you have been part of a team.

Ted did a lot for the ACT before he started to get into politics in 1998, not that I knew him before he got here. I probably saw him as a young bloke. He is one of the few people in this place older than I am. When he started playing for Manuka, I used to go with some of my mates at Narrabundah high school to watch because they used to play juniors with Manuka.

He came to this Assembly in 1998 after a very distinguished career. That one was not a good election for the Labor Party, but I think he had a few hundred votes more than most of the candidates and he was the first Labor guy across the line in Molonglo. Of course, the rest is history now.

Ms MacDonald: No, he wasn't.

MR STEFANIAK: I am sorry, did you beat him?

Mr Quinlan: We are changing history here.

MR STEFANIAK: It is your farewell! At any rate, you are both here. Ted certainly has been a worthy member of this place, both in opposition and, of course, in government. I like the way he can and he does give stick and, unlike some of his colleagues, he can certainly take it as well. I have always appreciated your very dry sense of humour, Ted. I think that that has helped this place a lot. I tend to agree with your comments in relation to the need for more humour there.

Your colleagues are going to find it very hard to replace you. In fact, I doubt that they will be able to recover from your loss. Whilst we are not privy to it in opposition, it must be fairly obvious to all of us that you have usually given very wise counsel and you have brought to your cabinet and caucus meetings some very sensible, commonsense,


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