Page 4172 - Week 12 - Thursday, 1 December 2022

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without notice, FOIs and all of the events. It is amazing to have been able to get back out and see people now that events are back on. I think that is awesome for all of the industries but also the businesses that rely on events.

I want to thank all of the Assembly staff—admin, facilities, every one of you. I appreciate everything that you do and have really needed many of you at many times this year.

Next year I am looking forward to meeting with more businesses. This year we have had a great run of chatting to people who are recovering from the pandemic, some who have not and some who are still struggling to get back up to anywhere close to what they used to be. I want to give them a shout out because it takes incredible courage to start a business and to keep it going—just courage to start. So all the best to those businessowners. I really hope that this end of the year period for you is a winner.

To all of our frontline health workers and everybody in health: it has been a tough time for everybody, and I acknowledge all of the hard work that everybody has gone through and wish you all the best, and hope that you can get some respite this Christmas, time with your family and time enjoying the sunshine. I will continue to fight for our businesses and our health workers. That is what I am looking forward to next year as well.

Thanks go to my team: Felicity and Liam. Liam has steered the boat and brought us home towards the end of the year, and it has been quite a journey. I thank all of my colleagues here at the Assembly. Mr Parton, your speech was very amazing. So I cannot hope to beat you there but thank you. Thank you to everybody for your constant encouragement.

I want to thank my family. This is the year my 20-year-old learned to cook, and often I will come home to steak and salad with the foil on top of it in the fridge. It is sometimes a little sweaty but it is dinner and I am very grateful. She has been beautiful. Thank you to Shannon and my mum and my gorgeous son Lachlan. He has finally become engaged in politics and keeps asking me all sorts of weird and wonderful questions.

Importantly, I would like to thank the people of Yerrabi. Without them I would not be here. It is a constant reminder to me that the most important part of my role is remaining a local member. It is not always easy. There is a lot of Assembly stuff to do, but I remain firmly committed to staying in the electorate and getting to know more and more people in Yerrabi. I wish you all a wonderful Christmas. Thank you.


MS DAVIDSON (Murrumbidgee—Assistant Minister for Families and Community Services, Minister for Disability, Minister for Justice Health, Minister for Mental Health, Minister for Veterans and Seniors) (4.27): Mr Deputy Speaker, 2022 has been a big year for everyone in Canberra. It is no wonder that so many of us are looking forward to time to reconnect with family and friends and to look after ourselves. I hope, as our public service reflects on 2022, that you are all able to celebrate the many things you have achieved and given to our Canberra community this year.

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