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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 13 Hansard (Wednesday, 1 December 2021) . . Page.. 3993 ..

In conclusion, I want to take the opportunity today to say thanks for all of the support that we get in this place, and to wish everyone here a merry Christmas and a safe and happy new year. I certainly hope that Santa visits and drops off many presents, and that everyone has a happy and safe new year.

Debate interrupted.

Leave of absence

Motion (by Mr Hanson) agreed to:

That leave of absence be granted to Mrs Jones for this sitting for personal reasons.


Debate resumed.


MS CASTLEY (Yerrabi) (4.35): What a year it has been. I have learned so much about politics, people and myself. I could talk all afternoon about the motions, the speeches and the big solid “noes”, the local issues, because there is a lot to say.

I want to spend my time, similarly to Mr Milligan, thanking the people who have helped to make my first 12 months here in the Assembly smooth and enjoyable. There are so many people. I will list as many as I can remember to name: Jim, Lyndell, Alex, Christian, Oscar, Cameron, Michael and Peter. You guys are always there; I love it. You are helpful. Today I got to use the brand-new podium. Thank you, Jim; you are so helpful.

I refer to facilities, and all of the work that goes on there—Richard, Marcus, Brent, Warren and others. Behind the doors here, there are the amazing people that make everything run—Tom, Janice and Celeste. You are so patient with me and I have appreciated it all. I thank Julia, David, Brianna, Frieda, Dennis, Michelle and the HR team. I thank the library team—Jennifer, Karen, Fiona and Chris. You guys are certainly very helpful to us. We have loved all of that. I thank Jasmine, who waters the plants, and Val and the IT support team. I thank David, who is happy to chat about soccer with Liam very often, each time he comes up to clean our office, Dina and all of the cleaning staff.

Hopefully, I have covered everybody. I have learned that, for everybody that I have mentioned, nothing is too hard. As we all know, I am a singer and, when you do a big show, I might be the singer but without the production guys and the organisers I am nothing. There is no point in even standing on stage, because no-one would hear me. It is the same here. Without everybody putting all of the pieces together, it will not work. A huge thankyou to you all. As I said, I appreciate the support and patience that you have given me and my office this year.

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