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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 6 Hansard (8 May) . . Page.. 2157..

The school is most fortunate to have an outstanding principal, Mrs Anne Coutts, herself a medical researcher. Her enthusiasm and support for her students are evident. The school is also fortunate to have Richard Kent as head of science. Both of these people, together with the whole staff, provide encouragement to the Canberra girls grammar school students to challenge themselves.

The facilities are impressive. They have 11 new labs and last night they staged the Canberra girls grammar school's science quest. In each lab there was something to look at and something to learn about. Members of the school's chamber orchestra entertained the many parents and official guests. The new building is a great asset for the Canberra girls grammar school and also for Canberra. I congratulate the school and the board, headed by chair Belinda Moss, on this great milestone and initiative.

I was one of many attendees yesterday morning in the Speaker's hospitality room when the Secretariat service awards were presented to the following Assembly Secretariat staff. Five-year service recipients were Max Kiermaier, Neal Baudinette, Marilyn Warner, Denis Axelby, Richard Stalker—I think he is affectionately known as Andrew Wilkie within the Assembly—Lydia Chung, Russell Lutton, Andrea Cullen, Sue Mathews and Grace Concannon. Ten-year service awards were handed out to Janice Rafferty, Siew Chin Scholar, Anne Shannon, Rod Campbell, Kathy Dempsey and Joanne Cullen. Fifteen-year service awards were presented to Ian Duckworth, Ray Blundell and Keith Ryder. And of course there were the 20-year awards, two of them—to Tom Duncan and Roger Malot.

I am sure I speak on behalf of all members of this Assembly when I say that we congratulate them all on their service to the Assembly and thank them for the way that they carry out their duties and make our jobs just that much easier at times. Thank you and congratulations.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

The Assembly adjourned at 4.44 pm.

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