Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 7 Hansard (26 June) . . Page.. 2664..
detailed and extremely important work. He was also to the Select Committee on Privileges that was established earlier on by this Assembly.
Mr Abbott has made a significant contribution, particularly more recently in his role as secretary of the Select Committee on Estimates. Because of a fortunate turn of events, Mr Abbott is taking what is colloquially known as the Paris option. On behalf of all members, I wish Mr Abbott all the best for the future.
MR SPEAKER: I have been notified in writing of the following nominations for the membership of the Select Committee on Privileges: Mr Quinlan, Mr Stefaniak and Ms Dundas.
MR WOOD(Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, Minister for Urban Services, Minister for the Arts and Heritage and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (10.36): Mr Speaker, I move:
That the Members so nominated be appointed as members of the Select Committee on Privileges.
Question resolved in the affirmative.
Motion (by Mr Wood ) proposed:
That the Assembly do now adjourn.
MR SMYTH (Leader of the Opposition) (10.36): Mr Speaker, I wish to add to your thanks to Mr Abbott. He certainly helped with the Public Accounts Committee, he was on the Select Committee on Privilege and recently he was on the Estimates Committee. He has done a fantastic job. I think it is a loss to all of us that he is leaving but I wish him well in taking up the Paris option.
MRS DUNNE (10.37): I would also like to rise to pay a tribute to the excellent service provided in this place by Derek Abbott. When he first arrived, as well as being secretary of other committees he was also the secretary of the Planning and Environment Committee. As a neophyte committee member, let alone as a committee chairman, I learnt much of great value from Derek Abbott and I thank him for that.
He gave up the Planning and Environment Committee because of the amount of work involved with his other responsibilities. I was regretful of his giving it up but I understand and appreciate the reasons why. I worked again with Mr Abbott on the Estimates Committee. On both of these occasions I was impressed by Mr Abbott's