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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 13 Hansard (14 December) . . Page.. 4232..

MR CORBELL (continuing):

important role. We would like to thank them for their help over the year and their professionalism and wish them also a safe and peaceful season.

From a government perspective, there are some other people that need to be thanked; in particular, first and foremost, the staff of all of the Labor offices. They are a very diverse but committed bunch of people and I know that the Chief Minister, Deputy Chief Minister and, indeed, all my colleagues will express our thanks to them for their commitment and hard work during the year. Equally, I know all my ministerial colleagues will agree with me that the work of our DLOs is absolutely essential. They perform very professionally right across the ministerial team and they are particularly to be thanked, along with the staff from the ministerial support unit. I particularly express my thanks to Kas Paul and Janice Rafferty, who have worked closely with me since I have been in this role as manager of government business. They are always professional and thoughtful, anticipating the things I would never think of, and I am grateful for their help and assistance.

I also express thanks to the executives and all the staff of the ACT public service. The Chief Minister in particular would like to express his thanks to them; their commitment and their professionalism over what has been an extremely busy and at times demanding and trying year is very much appreciated, I know, by all members of the executive and the government as a whole. We should be thankful that we have a very competent and effective public service, one that is committed to this city and to achieving the best possible outcomes for this city and to serving the government of the day, whoever that is, professionally and competently.

I also express my best wishes and hopes for a safe and a peaceful season to all other members. It is an important time for us to spend with family and friends. I trust that you will have a safe and peaceful holiday season and that you are able to celebrate it in the way that best suits you.

I finally express some particular thanks and best wishes on a personal note to all of the members of the Rural Fire Service, the ACT SES and the ACT Fire Brigade. They, in particular, will be facing potentially a very busy time over the next couple of months and they will be standing up on some fairly hot and windy days when the rest of us are trying to find somewhere airconditioned. I trust that they do not have too busy a season, but I know our thoughts are with them as they make the commitment they do every year while we all enjoy a well-earned break. A peaceful and happy holiday season to you all.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

The Assembly adjourned at 6.19 pm until Tuesday, 20 February 2007, at 10.30 am.

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