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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 14 Hansard (Thursday, 9 December 2010) . . Page.. 6156 ..


I would like to also acknowledge the wonderful staff—firstly, some of the Liberal Party staff who serve all our MLAs in the Liberal Party. I would like to name them because they do an outstanding amount of work. I think we should recognise that. This is in no particular order: Haidee Cornish, Tim McGhie, Jessica Hynson, Belinda Chapman, Clinton White, Brigitte Morten, Merlin Kong, Kate Davis, Keith Old, Candice Burch, Duncan McDonald, Adam Duke, Nick Chapman, Maria Violi, Tio Faulkner, Ian Hagan and Steve Doyle.

I extend my thanks to volunteers such as Ruth, Elizabeth, Chris and Sarwat, plus many others. To the Acting Clerk, Max; a very able Olga; the acting deputy, Janice Rafferty; Celeste Italiano; Pattie Tancred and Anne Shannon. To Rick and Ray, and to all of the attendants, Rod, Andrew, Paul, Karen, Lainie, Denis, Dick and all of the three Peters. I particularly enjoy regular chats with Rod, Andy and Dick on all things sport. I am not a punter but Dick always gives me the odds. It is always good to know how things are running. He tried to sell me odds of $7 for Parramatta to win the premiership this year. Thankfully I did not go anywhere near it. To each of those who, I think, make being in the Assembly much more fun, I extend my thanks.

I thank the Committee Office—Lydia Chung, Sandra Lilburn, Margie Morrison, Grace Concannon, Brian Lloyd, Nicola Kosseck, Andrea Cullen and Lesley Irvine, and everyone in Hansard, Communications and Library and in Corporate Services. I would like to pay tribute to those who are working over Christmas time. We are particularly conscious, with the floods at the moment, that our SES workers and others are assisting those over the border in Queanbeyan. I would like to especially wish them a merry Christmas.

To each of my constituents in Molonglo, and finally to my family—to Ros, to Michael, Tommy, William and Olivia—for their support during the year. I look forward to spending a bit more time with them over the Christmas period and having a good break.

Just in summary, I thank all of those who have contributed. We look forward to a very good year next year. It has been a very good year. It has been a very hardworking year. I am very pleased with how my team has performed. We look forward to a good break and to seeing people in the new year.

Valedictory

MS HUNTER (Ginninderra—Parliamentary Convenor, ACT Greens) (5.38): I also would like to join with other members in wishing everybody a merry Christmas and a safe holiday season. I also extend my great thanks to my colleagues—Amanda Bresnan, Shane Rattenbury and Caroline Le Couteur. It has been a very busy year. Of course, we have only done as well as we have because of the wonderful staff who support us.

Despite one of my staff not wanting to be named, I will go through the list. I would like to thank Tom, Mel, Tom, Fi, Helen, Laura, Richard, Indra, Matt, Ashlin, Patrick, Kate and Bianca and, of course, former staff—Brian, Anna and Louise. I would also like to say thank you to all of the staff within this place, particularly committee staff.


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