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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 15 Hansard (10 December) . . Page.. 5757..


MRS DUNNE (continuing):

Mr Corbell has an unenviable record of delivering projects on time and on budget, so I was thinking of the audio version of Capital Works for Dummies. But Mr Corbell is also inclined to go home at work so I thought the repertoire of Men at Work would be more appropriate and something like It's a Mistake.

The Chief Minister is often lost for words, so I thought of something instrumental for him. I thought eventually of the theme to Jaws. It is menacing, there is a sense of foreboding and suspense—will I get eaten and do I have time to scream for help? But for Ms Burch there is no music and not even an audio book. Ms Burch's iPod will be loaded with all her question time briefs so she can play it over and over again. So in the new year she will be well briefed and she may be able to answer the odd question without notice.

Mr Speaker, turning to my staff: Clinton does not get any music, but he may get a new baton. I particularly thank Amanda Murray, who has worked for both me and Mr Hanson. She is off to Brisbane with her family. To the whole of the opposition staff: Steve, Ian, Tio, Adam, Nick, Keith and Maria, Sandy, Kate and Haylee, Brett and Rohan, Haidee and Tim: my heartfelt thanks for being professional, awesome staff and for making the Canberra Liberals office a great place to work.

To the Clerk, Tom, and all your staff, the Library and the committee staff, the education office, Corporate services, Rick, and especially all the attendants: my special thanks and best wishes for Christmas. And a special testament to Lyle and all my kids for their continued support. Merry Christmas one and all.

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Minister for Transport, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Minister for Business and Economic Development, Minister for Land and Property Services, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs and Minister for the Arts and Heritage) (6.21): I am pleased to have the opportunity to join in the expression of seasons greetings. I quite genuinely and sincerely express those greetings to everybody in this place—members of the Liberal Party, members of the Greens and my Labor Party colleagues.

I acknowledge the enormous work which my ministerial colleagues have done over this year. It has been a high-energy year of enormous effort and exceptional activity. I thank my ministerial colleagues for their leadership, their enthusiasm and the work that they have done in governing the Australian Capital Territory this year. I thank my caucus colleagues for their continuing support. Thank you, Mr Speaker, and I congratulate you on your first year and the leadership which you show in this place, and I thank all of your staff within the Assembly.

I similarly thank all ACT public servants and acknowledge the enormous work they do, their dedication, their professionalism and the energy which they bring to their work. I thank all those heads of departments and all the senior executives for the leadership they show and, most particularly, every single member across the spectrum of the ACT public service that provides the services at every level that this community relies and depends upon. I thank my personal staff and all staff within the Labor caucus for their continued support of me and the government. Most particularly today, I repeat those good wishes of the season.


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