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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 14 Hansard (12 December) . . Page.. 4497..


MS DUNDAS (continuing):

lived here my entire life, and I never imagined that I would be able to see and experience so much that goes on across this town. It has been truly inspiring.

I would like to mention a group of young people at the ACT Writers Centre who have done some amazing things. They launched the Write at the Edge on-line magazine and the Lip magazine a couple of weeks ago. This group of young people have turned a brilliant idea into reality. I expect every member of this Assembly to buy a copy of Lip magazine to see what young people in the ACT, young girls in particular, can achieve with a little bit of passion and determination. My congratulations go to the editor of Lip magazine, Rachel Funari, who has done an amazing job with the magazine, and to all the writers from the Write at the Edge ezine project, whose work is also quite brilliant. It can be seen on line at www.actwriters.org.au/youth/WordCandy/. I encourage all members to look at this amazing work.

But now on to the season's greetings. I too add my humble thanks to the workers in the Assembly. Over the year the Secretariat, the committee staff, corporate services and the attendants have kept this building standing and maintained its operational status, providing boundless support to all of us.

In this chamber we have been able to share legislation and laughs. I think that is incredibly important. As you may have guessed, I value sense of humour as a cornerstone to the human condition. Colleagues, you have provided me with much amusement, but I also admire you all. You are an amazing group of politicians. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with you throughout this year and look forward to this continuing in 2003.

I thank my amazing staff-Jocelyn Bell, Geoffrey Rutledge and Llewellyn Reynders. As they have not written this speech, I cannot find the right words to truly express how much they mean to me. I would also like to express my undying gratitude to all those who hold votes a the Henry Street workers paradise, my urban family. Their support, advice and love have enabled me to maintain some semblance of my sanity over this year. I could not do this job without them.

I hope we enjoy our time away from this chamber, but I hope that we come back with passion and energy to continue our role as legislators and leaders in the ACT.

Valedictory

MR PRATT (10.07): As a new chum in this place, I have had a challenging and enjoyable year. I have enjoyed learning from the experience of people on both sides of the house and the crossbenchers. I would like to thank my staff first and foremost. I also thank those in the Leader of the Opposition's office, who have also provided me with great support. I would like to express my delight at the comradeship shared by all of my MLA colleagues, in particular my new chums on the Education Committee, the class of 2001.

I wish all of our staffs a merry Christmas. I wish Mark and the crew that keep this building ticking a joyous occasion. To the ACT community, I say, "Happy Christmas, Eid Mubarak, happy Hanukkah and gung hai fat choi. Deepavali is just down the track


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