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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 14 Hansard (11 December) . . Page.. 5297..


Valedictory

MRS DUNNE (5.39): Thank you, Mr Speaker.

Twas the end of the sitting and strife and dissension,

No member was stirring not even backbenchers.

The cross-bench were nestled all snug in their chairs

Having visions of Senate seats sure to be theirs

All had hung up their beanies, berets and cloth caps

And all settled down for a long summer nap

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,

I threw up the venetians, what could be the matter?

When what to my wandering eye should appear

But a miniature sleigh and I'd had just one beer

And the little old driver so lively and quick

The TWU would have given him the flick

And he sprang in the air with a quick arabesque,

In the blink of the eye he was perched on my desk.

His eyes, how they twinked, his nose like a cherry,

More like a Bill or a Ted than a Berry.

A bundle of toys he'd flung on his back.

He looked like a peddler just opening his sack.

Now what do I have for dear little Wayne?

A remote control car or perhaps a toy train?

No, for trains you need tracks which the neighbours won't like.

Perhaps I'll pay safe and just give him a bike.

And to Katy who's been such a good girl all year

And paid lots of attention to lessons I hear-

Well, all work and no play makes one dull so it's thought

I have it, I'll give her Arts, Gaming and Sport.

Now Simon's been having trouble with planning,

In fact some would say he's taken a panning

But the way he's developing can't be ignored

I know just the thing, a monopoly board.

Brendan's always the first in the class with his hand up

And sometimes he can't wait to stand up,

So to safeguard his feelings and make sure he's not beat

A brand new comfy chair with an ejector seat.

Our little Billy is so keen on the footy

And making the kids stay behind when they're naughty

But his gear sometimes gets a censorious glance

So here's a new suit, one with two pair of pants.

Kerrie wants to move up and leave infant school,

She's anxious to please, above all to be cool,

She's down with youth culture, thinks rappers are gems,

Here's a cap, wear it backwards, and some sweets, M and Ms.


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