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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 15 Hansard (10 December) . . Page.. 5749..


MR SPEAKER (continuing):

For Ms Bresnan, her beloved Broncos had of course joined the rugby league competition by that time and made their first final series, but I would like to remind her that it was the year the Raiders won the premiership, not the Broncos. I also am led to believe that Ms Bresnan was taking crowd-surfing lessons for her subsequent trips to the Big Day Out.

For Ms Hunter, she was working for the Havelock Housing Association, and of course 20 years later the Greens still hold our monthly party meetings at Havelock House, providing a considerable time warp for Ms Hunter.

Mr Smyth? Well, it is reported to me from a colleague who once stood with him at a polling booth that he seems to know most of the people in Brindabella. Therefore, I can only assume he had already started work on this in 1989, seeking to get to know every single member of the electorate.

Ms Gallagher, of course, was at ANU in 1989, according to my research. But that research has been able to scotch the rumours that she sought to run with the Party! Party! Party! party at the 1989 election.

Members, in the spirit of time now, I am going to stop with that small snapshot of where you all were. I am inclined to touch on a few members' history but my research has not quite allowed me to finish my list.

Mr Smyth: Where were you, Mr Speaker?

MR SPEAKER: I cannot possibly comment. I will leave it for others to make those observations, Mr Smyth.

But on that note I would like to thank members for their support through the course of the year in my role as Speaker. I know you do not all always agree with me but I trust you all accept that I do it as even-handedly as I see it from this chair. It would be great to have instant replays at times, just to reflect on things and perhaps make a better decision. But I wish you all a very merry Christmas.

Adjournment

Valedictory

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Water, Minister for Energy and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (5.53): I move:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Mr Speaker, I am told I must speak at this point in the debate, so I will do so now, albeit briefly. Firstly, can I express to you best wishes for the festive season and thank you for your work as Speaker in this place. I am sure that it has been a steep learning curve. You have drawn my ire on occasion but you have always sought to conduct yourself in an appropriate manner as Speaker of this Assembly and I would like to thank you for your work during the year.


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