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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 13 Hansard (27 November) . . Page.. 4908 ..


Valedictory

MR PETTERSSON (Yerrabi) (6.37): What a year. I cannot believe another year has come and gone so quickly. I would like to start by thanking my hardworking and dedicated staff, Joshua Orchard and Agatha Court. They are wonderful and dedicated people who work well beyond what is required of them. There is, of course, a great irony in what I just said, in that both of them have gone home and are not watching me give this speech. So I take that back.

I thoroughly enjoy coming to work each day because I know that we are always in for a few laughs and hard work. In preparing for this speech I asked my staff what they think we have achieved this year or have done a bit better than last year. Here are a few of the funny ones.

First and foremost they wanted to point out that we have had more meme content this year and, as a result, have doubled our Facebook likes. So you know what that means for next year: we are doubling down on the memes.

They also said that the speeches I give in the chamber are of a bit higher quality than in previous years. It pains me to mention this but there is definitely one speech in which I accidentally printed the speech double-sided and only read one side into Hansard. There is a fun game to be played here if anyone can figure out which speech that was.

Finally, in their suggested highlights of the year my staff said that we have all become experts on weed when we were not previously. I would like to take a moment to thank the Assembly IT staff for not ratting us out for our internet research histories. I am sure there has been a confused IT worker going through our search histories wondering why we are looking up how much weed costs, how many grams are in an ounce and even how you grow weed. Thank you for not alerting the police.

I want to point out that I got to go to Mardi Gras this year, which was a big highlight for me. There is definitely some terrible TV footage of me bopping along as we marched that I hope disappears forever, but I hope the memories do not. It was a lot of fun and I hope to go again one day.

I hope, as we head into the summer break, that everyone has some time to relax and enjoy the company of friends and family. I am looking forward to family from afar coming to Canberra this Christmas.

I conclude by saying thank you, as always, to the good people of Yerrabi. You are amazing. It is an immense honour to work on your behalf each and every day. I look forward to advancing our collective cause in 2019 and, heck, going on that first light rail trip. It is going to be mad fun. See you all next year.

Valedictory

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (6.40): I would like to take this opportunity to put on the record some of my thanks. I would like to thank the members of the electorate of


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