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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 11 Hansard (21 October) . .

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in a political household myself. That was also the case for my husband, who said that his first-ever essay that he can remember at school was at the age of eight, when he wrote an essay about the New South Wales parliament. So it is good if you can start early, I think.

Tom moved from Melbourne to Canberra only recently, and he continues to follow question time by attending the House of Representatives, in his words "multiple times" to listen to question time. His maiden speech captured his passion for international relations, Asian languages, Pacific and Asian studies and diplomacy.

I think members will find that Tom's speech and the other speeches that members have tabled today are very considered and insightful. It gives me great confidence in the future of our body politic to have these young people following us. I think that politics is in good hands if it is in the hands of these young people.

I believe the program gives young people a wonderful opportunity to experience some of the parliamentary processes of their ACT parliament and democracy at work. I believe the program, or something of this nature, should continue, as it complements other opportunities given to high school students in this place. It offers a developmental and experiential program for tertiary students. I would really commend them to this place, and request that this program be supported in the future.

I was very pleased to be involved, and wish Tom and all the young people all the best for their future. I also seek leave to table Tom Berry's speech and ask that it be incorporated in Hansard.

Leave granted.

MS PORTER: I present the following paper:

TEDxCanberra—Pollie for a Day Adventure—Inaugural speech—Tom Berry.

[See schedule 1 at page 3404.]

Sitting suspended from 12.00 to 2.30 pm.

Ministerial arrangements

MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Chief Minister, Minister for Health, Minister for Higher Education and Minister for Regional Development): I inform the Assembly that during Mr Corbell's absence this week from the Assembly I will be taking questions for the Attorney-General's portfolio, including Police and Emergency Services, and Minister Gentleman will be taking questions relating to the environment part of EPD and capital metro.

Questions without notice


MR HANSON: My question is to the Minister for Health. On 15 October the World Health Organisation released the tragic update of a total of 8,997 confirmed and

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