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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 7 Hansard (26 June) . . Page.. 2666..


MR STEFANIAK

(continuing):

At present our committee is engaged in a fairly hard inquiry on industrial manslaughter. Derek, who is leaving us in mid-July, will finish it before he goes. I am very impressed with his thorough professionalism; his aptitude; his ability to do so much hard work; his great skill and especially his knowledge; the excellent common sense that he has displayed on a number of occasions in quite difficult situations; and, of course, his absolute diligence. It is a real shame to lose him.

I have been on a number of committees and I have seen some excellent committee secretaries. Derek Abbott is right up there with the best of them. It is hard to toast a posting such as going to Paris in such a capacity, but to Derek, might I say: merci beaucoup, au revoir et bon chance.

Manager, Committees-resignation

MS DUNDAS (10.43): Just briefly, I also rise to add my farewell thoughts on the departure of Derek Abbott. He has served this Assembly well as Manager, Committees. He has also served on a number of committees. His advice, dedication to process and ability to work through all the different aspects of an inquiry have been invaluable. I found these attributes to be very useful in my time working with him. I wish him all the best for the future.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

The Assembly adjourned at 10.43 pm until Tuesday, 19 August 2003, at 10.30am.


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