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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 14 Hansard (Thursday, 9 December 2010) . . Page.. 6164 ..

I, too, would also like to note the wonderful staff here at the Assembly, and that includes everybody. I think we are very lucky to have such wonderful staff who are always very helpful and provide assistance when you need it on any sort of matter, whether it is HR, ordering stationery or anything like that. They really do keep the place running, so thankyou to everybody. I would like particularly to note Sandra Lilburn, the secretary of the education, training and youth affairs committee, which I chair. She does a wonderful job and is always there to help. Her assistance is much appreciated.

I would also like to mention the attendants. Like Mr Seselja, I do enjoy my chats about rugby league with them. I have been able to achieve somewhat good bragging rights this year, with Queensland winning five series in a row, in a 3-0 whitewash. I will use the word “whitewash” for this year. I cannot say the same for my Brisbane Broncos, but I think I have pretty good bragging rights with the Queensland Maroons. We will see what happens next year. It could be a Maroons-Broncos double; you never know.

Like everybody else, I extend to all members here and their families best wishes for the festive season and the new year. We will all be back next year doing the same thing, but I am sure we are all looking forward to a break as well. So best wishes to everybody.


MR DOSZPOT (Brindabella) (6.02): First of all I would like to thank Mr Hargreaves for exposing me as a right-wing member of the Labor Party. I now understand why Mr Barr and I get along so well.

Mr Speaker, it seems that the second year of the Seventh Assembly has almost come to an end already. It seems like only yesterday that we were giving our first valedictory speeches, or second, as the case may have been. It has been an interesting year, once again. First of all, I would like to thank my colleagues in the Liberal Party—Zed Seselja for his leadership, and all our MLA colleagues for the friendships that have developed over the past two years and the unity of purpose that drives us to keep this government accountable, and ultimately towards taking government in 2012.

Our work would not be possible without the support of many individuals. My thanks, first and foremost, to my family—my wife, Maureen, and children, Adam and Amy, and their families, for their constant support.

I thank my senior adviser, Merlin Kong, for his humour and advice—mainly his advice, though, I think—and also Jessica Hynson, a new member of our staff. I would also like to thank Kate Davis, who was such a great help to me in the first 16 months. My thanks also to Steve Doyle, Tio Faulkner, Ian Hagen, Adam Duke, Nick Chapman, Keith Old and Maria Violi for their assistance and hard work. Thanks also to all of my MLA colleagues’ staff, who have worked so hard together and provided support to all of us throughout the year, and in such a united effort.

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