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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 13 Hansard (28 November) . . Page.. 5038 ..


Thank you especially to my Labor colleagues for their support, friendship and leadership on so many issues to make our city a better place and to you, Madam Speaker, for your support and patience although I reckon I am owed a few supps in 2019.

To members of this chamber, forgetting the few bilious outbursts of the past few days, surprisingly you are all generally pretty sufferable. But I will single out Mr Parton for making question time a little more fun behind the scenes; and opposition whip, Andrew Wall. Last year Mr Wall said that if I had started to grow ever so slightly fond of him he had not done his job well enough and we would see how we went this year. Based on our very good working relationship as whips, he has not done a good job at all.

But, in all seriousness, together with Mr Rattenbury and you, Madam Speaker, we have had to work through some very complicated things this year and the respectful relationship between us all makes some painful things a little less painful. But, for the record, I am never doing a standing orders review ever again.

We could not function without all the OLA staff. Thank you for all you do and again especially for your patience with me. My random questions, my requests, putting up with my office's humour, how much water I drink in the chamber all keep people running around and mostly turning a blind eye when I eat donuts during committee hearings. I appreciate all that you do for us and the good humour with which you do it.

Thanks to my many gorgeous friends, near and far. And most of all, thanks to all the constituents in Ginninderra, more and more of whom I have had the pleasure of meeting, and more and more of whom I now call my friend. It remains such a great honour and privilege to be here and I commit to giving my all to do the best by you and for you. Merry Christmas.

Valedictory

MR COE (Yerrabi—Leader of the Opposition) (6.54): I too rise to wish my colleagues in this place and in the broader community a very merry Christmas. In particular, to my Liberal colleagues here—Nicole, Andrew, Mark, Giulia, Jeremy, Elizabeth, Candice, Elizabeth, Vicki and James—it really is an honour to serve the people of Canberra alongside you. I think we have had real progress this year.

But opposition is tough. Opposition is pretty ordinary. And there is no shortage of motivation on this side of the chamber to do absolutely everything we can over the coming 23 months to make sure that come October 2020 we are on the other side of this house.

Of course to my staff, I am very grateful for all that they do to support me and also the broader team. To Sarah, Ramon, Emily, Stuart, Ausilia, Deborah and David and Steven, thank you very much for all that you do.


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