Page 4089 - Week 12 - Wednesday, 30 November 2022

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Belconnen. A big shout-out goes to my local centre at Evatt. I think they have got to know me pretty well.

It is sad that much of the correspondence I have entered into with the government has related to basic services like, and unsurprisingly, potholes, mowing, quality of the shopping centres, and community parks. I want to let the government know that I will be continuing to advocate on behalf of the community for these really basic services.

It is interesting that Mr Steel is often heard to say that he is getting on with the job—often related to light rail. My goodness, I wish he would get on with the job when it comes to basic city services, because that is what affects the community most of the time, and they deserve the highest class. I am sad to say in this speech that they are just not getting it.

A big shout-out goes to my team, of course. Over the year they have been Amy, Unity, John, Dan, Nisha and Sam; and my current team is Unity, John and Sam. I would not be doing this job anywhere near as satisfactorily, and sometimes better, without your assistance, so thank you for your help. There have been several volunteers over the years, including Sam, who is now working for me and who was a volunteer originally. I say to Isabella, Emma, Yu-lin and Josiah that I am so appreciative of your contributions and efforts.

I thank the OLA staff. I cannot name all of you who have helped me because so many of you have done so, whether it is while I am in the chair and I am told, “No, you can’t say that, you need to say this,” or in an Assembly committee meeting and being helped. There are so many who have helped to keep me on course.

Special thanks go to team Lee. I am so supportive of Elizabeth and what she is aiming to do in this territory. She has my support and I am so thankful to be part of her team.

To my family and friends, I say thank you. My wife Claire puts up with me mostly not being at home. To the Canberra Liberal Ginninderra branch members, I say: thank you for your support, and I will be there for you whenever I can muster the effort and time.

Canberra Women in Business awards

MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (4.43): It is my pleasure to stand tonight to recognise some wonderful women in business that we have here in Canberra, and specifically the 2021 and 2022 Canberra Women in Business Award winners. Some of them will be joining me upstairs a little bit later to celebrate.

Canberra Women in Business, which is better known as CWB, is a not-for-profit association that supports women in business in the Canberra region. They help provide opportunities for local businesswomen to expand their business skills, build a supportive network with other businesswomen and foster confidence and growth within the community.

The annual CWB Awards is a fantastic opportunity to recognise and reward the valuable contributions and outstanding work of our Canberra women in business.

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