Page 4001 - Week 13 - Wednesday, 1 December 2021

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In my first year of government I have had the pleasure to work with a group of government colleagues, not all of whom sit within my own party. Our unique situation and power-sharing agreement means that we are continuing to carve a new path in relation to how governing is done. And this cabinet has been different to any other that the ACT has ever supported.

I want to thank my cabinet colleagues, particularly the Chief Minister for his collaborative and inclusive approach to governing. The strength of our government is our commitment to shared values, evidence, relationships and pragmatism. I look forward to continuing to progress our strong agenda as a progressive, sustainable and compassionate community, and am incredibly excited about the work ahead. I have so much passion for my portfolios and I am thankful every day for the job I get to do.

Thank you to everyone in this Assembly for helping me navigate the somewhat bamboozling parliamentary processes that we have in front of us, and those opposite, who, I hope, have seen me operate in a way that is open and demonstrates a commitment to act in good faith.

To my fellow Greens members, all bar our leader have been on a shared learning journey, working through how we can best honour the privilege the voters of Canberra have placed on us and work together to deliver our commitments. Thank you for your good grace, your support and shared commitment. I would like to particularly thank our leader, Shane Rattenbury, for your leadership and guidance. And thanks to all of our extraordinary staff, who are the real heroes. I would not have survived this most challenging of years without the work of all my staff in my office. Your intellect, compassion and commitment drive and inspire me every day. Thank you for living our office values of equality, respect, integrity, courage and kindness that we affectionately refer to in the office as ERICK.

Finally, I would like to thank the Canberra community, particularly the people of Kurrajong. Thank you for your faith and your confidence in our progressive democracy. It has been an incredibly tough year and we are all really tired. I wish every member of our community a safe, restful and uneventful festive season.

I look forward to spending time with my family, who, again with good grace, humour and generosity, have shared me with the electorate and the parliament. No doubt 2022 will be another big year for all of our community. There is still much to do and I look forward to working with and for you next year and in the years ahead.


MS LEE (Kurrajong—Leader of the Opposition) (5.06): It is a great honour to serve as leader of the Canberra Liberals and, whilst this year has been an incredibly challenging one for our community, looking at some of our achievements over the last year there is a lot to be proud of. The Canberra Liberals Assembly team and I have been working hard to give a voice to the Canberrans that have been left behind by this government for too long.

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