Page 4085 - Week 12 - Wednesday, 30 November 2022

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I am incredibly proud of you. Each time you kiss and cuddle my growing belly, I know that you are going to make the best big sister any little girl can have, and I love you both.

Finally, thank you to the people of Kurrajong. It is an incredible honour to continue to serve you. Happy Christmas and a safe and prosperous 2023.


MS CHEYNE (Ginninderra—Assistant Minister for Economic Development, Minister for the Arts, Minister for Business and Better Regulation, Minister for Human Rights and Minister for Multicultural Affairs) (4.28): Politics is about people, and as we farewell this year, I will reflect on the people that support, enable and define me and the work that I have the special privilege of doing every day. Thank you to our extraordinary ACT public service. I remain in awe of what they achieve and the way with which they rise to challenges with grace and an unwearied work ethic.

From an enormous, progressive human rights agenda, with much delivered and more to come—and maybe, just maybe, the imminent righting of a democratic injustice and what that will mean—to the return of community events in earnest. A multicultural affairs agenda that has driven legislative reform, recognising the values of our multicultural city, and the intensive planning for the 25th anniversary of the multicultural festival. A new arts, culture and creative policy and action plan, supported by a large injection of funding to our arts organisations, and giving a clear destination and direction for how we will get there. The mind-boggling amount of work and direct community engagement and support that Access Canberra does each and every day, and the innovation they apply to their work. The clear, better regulation agenda we have embarked on. The growing small business sector—the support for which we have been proud to offer and will build on. The strength of our capability industries. That is a small insight of this year alone in just my portfolios.

Thank you to the people who maintain, elevate and care for our city and its people every day in the presentation and customer-facing roles: from GSOs and rangers to nurses, teachers and every person in between. It is your commitment to our city and its people that makes it so special.

Thank you to all of the OLA staff, who make this place not only function but hum. Your practical advice, responsiveness and good humour never cease to amaze me.

Thank you to my Labor colleagues in this parliament and in the broader community and their teams, particularly in the Chief Minister’s Office. Every day serving with you, and together delivering our progressive agenda, is an honour.

To my team. I could not ask for better—Joe, Anna, Michael, Nick, Jemma, Kaarin. Our DLOs—Kylie, Fiona, Michelle, Tom, Rachel, Chris, Morgan, Rad, Draz, Kellie, Shauna, Lauren and Gez. Among them is a unique capacity for caring, thoughtfulness, kindness, generosity, hard work, responsiveness and creativity. These attributes combined make for an exceptional office.

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