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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 6 Hansard (11 May) . . Page.. 2175..


MR SESELJA (continuing):

Liberal forebears as leaders: the late Trevor Kaine, Kate Carnell, Gary Humphries, Brendan Smyth and Bill Stefaniak.

No parliament can work without specialised and professional support from the staff of the Assembly. The attendants we see every day, the services that are provided and the necessity of all staff in the building are important and valued contributions to the process.

I would also like to once again recognise and show my respect for the community of Canberra itself. The story of the growing up of the Assembly in some ways matches the growing story of Canberra as a city that is rightly proud of itself, that is able to stand on its own two feet, that is the equal in democracy, free speech and accountable administration of any jurisdiction in the country. It is indeed a great privilege to be a member of this place.

Mr Speaker, members, visitors: this is an important day in the history of Canberra, not just in the history of this chamber. It marks yet another step forward for us as a community, a city and a territory. As the centenary of the territory approaches, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate my fellow members, my colleagues and the city and citizenry of Canberra. Well done. It is my pleasure to support this motion and I commend it to the Assembly.

Distinguished visitors

MR SPEAKER: Before I call Ms Hunter, I would like to acknowledge the presence in the gallery of a number of visiting presiding officers. I acknowledge:

Hon Nick Griffiths MLC

President—Legislative Council

Western Australia

Hon Grant Woodhams MLA

Speaker—Legislative Assembly

Western Australia

Hon Jane Aagaard MLA

Speaker—Legislative Assembly

Northern Territory

Hon Richard Torbay MP

Speaker—Legislative Assembly

New South Wales

Hon Sue Smith MLC

President—Legislative Council

Tasmania

Hon Bob Sneath MLC

President—Legislative Council

South Australia


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