Page 4081 - Week 12 - Wednesday, 30 November 2022

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To the staff at the Legislative Assembly, without you this machine does not work, so thank you so much for everything you do. To colleagues in the chamber, I hope you all have a fabulous Christmas and some time with your families. To my ACT Labor colleagues, it has been a pleasure working with you this year and I look forward to everything we will achieve next year. Merry Christmas.


MR BRADDOCK (Yerrabi) (4.15): To complete the trio of former estimates members of the year of 2022!

To the residents of Yerrabi in Canberra, as we head into the end of the year I encourage everyone who can to take an extended break. Everyone is tired and needs time to rest, recuperate and recharge. To those who cannot take an extended break, I thank you for your service over this period in whatever sector you happen to be working. I hope you get an opportunity at some point to take a break in the future. I hope this summer brings nothing more alarming than the sounds of cricket, or crickets, a cold drink and time with family and friends. I hope there is no need to fear floods, fire or plague.

To the community groups and volunteers who work tirelessly to make Canberra a better place, I would like to say thank you. Your work, whether it involves planting trees, building rotundas, cleaning up Yerrabi Pond, looking out for others, or maintaining your ties with your culture or your language makes Canberra home and a community. So I say thank you for all your efforts over the year.

I would like to thank OLA staff for all your efforts and support over the past year. I think the secretariat for estimates deserves a special shout out for this year and their efforts as they supported us throughout the estimates process. That was one hell of a ride, but I knew the worst was over when I saw you trying to maintain professionalism and not laugh at the estimates committees jokes!

To Hansard, the attendants, tech support, chamber support and the wider ACT public service, you are essential to our democracy and how appreciated you are is not said enough. So I say thank you.

I would like to thank all the members of my office, Deb, Aileen, Jordan and Dina, for all your hard work over the past year. I would like to say a thank you to Deb Cleland on the public record. She has worked in my office for the past two years and she will be sorely missed. She has made everyone insanely jealous about her move to the South Coast!

I would like to say thank you to all the Greens staff in the building and my fellow Greens MLAs for their support, cooperation, assistance and encouragement throughout the year. I would also like to thank all of the colleagues in this chamber for making it such an interesting year and for all of the support and help that you have provided.

Personally, 2022 was a difficult one for me where I couch surfed for a period of six months. This is a difficult job at the best of times that demands more than most of the

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