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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 1 Hansard (13 February) . .

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incredible lifelong friendships. You may be the backbone of the Liberal Party when it comes to campaigning, but it is your role, first and foremost, to hold our Liberal parliamentarians to account and to ensure that we are always upholding our values. Don't ever forget that.

To James in my office, and all of the Assembly staff, I thank you so much for the support I have received over recent weeks. I say to my new colleagues that I am so excited to be part of such a diverse, dedicated and determined team—and in a female majority party room at that! Elizabeth, remembering all of those late nights spent folding letters in your campaign office many years ago, I certainly never expected that we would be here representing Kurrajong together.

Finally, I say to the people of Kurrajong that I know you are frustrated: frustrated by a government who is not listening to you; frustrated by a government who is not consulting you; and frustrated by a government who is so preoccupied with federal issues, symbolic gestures and doing favours for its union mates, rather than with your priorities. Politics should be about people, yet all too often we see politics being about little more than power. I am listening. I will stand up and fight for your priorities, and I will ensure that your voices are heard.

Visitors

MADAM SPEAKER: I acknowledge the presence in the gallery of two former members: Mr Cornwell, former Speaker, and Senator Seselja, former Leader of the Opposition. I welcome you both back to the Assembly.

Appointment of Deputy Clerk and Serjeant-at-Arms

MADAM SPEAKER: I wish to advise the Assembly that we have another new face from the beginning of 2018. Ms Julia Agostino has been appointed to the position of Deputy Clerk and Serjeant-at-Arms, and we welcome her also to the Assembly.

Members: Hear, hear!

Leave of absence

Motion (by Mr Gentleman) agreed to:

That leave of absence be granted to Mr Ramsay for this sitting due to illness.

Petitions—ministerial responses

The following responses to petitions have been lodged:

ACTION bus service—Deakin, Kingston and Manuka—petition 22-17

By Ms Fitzharris, Minister for Transport and City Services, dated 14 December 2017, in response to a petition lodged by Ms Lee on 24 October 2017 concerning ACTION bus services between Deakin, Kingston and Manuka.


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