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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 14 Hansard (Thursday, 9 December 2010) . . Page.. 6166 ..


and I would like to recognise and thank all my constituents who continue to have faith in me in attending to their concerns. I also recognise all my colleagues on this side of the chamber who consistently provide advice, support and friendship to me in my role here.

I would particularly like to thank Mr Hargreaves, who does keep me sane, being right next door to me on the premier etage. That is the first floor, for anyone that does not understand French. Of course, I would like to thank each member of my staff—Andrew, Murimi, Jack and Muriel—and Frank, who earlier this year went on to a position in Indigenous Affairs. I have got a great team. I also have a great team of volunteers, who help advertise my weekly mobile offices so people know where to find me, and also help get my Porter report out. Thank you to all of them.

I thank the Committee Office in this place and particularly Sandra Lilburn and Nicola Kosseck, who is the secretary of my committee. I thank members of my committee and all the different members that sit with me on the various committees that I sit on, and the secretaries of each of those.

I thank the education office, the Corporate Services facilities manager, and IT, Hansard and the library. I thank Max for his guidance and support this year in my role as Deputy Speaker and I thank all the other clerks. And to the attendants: a big thankyou to Peter. I did not realise that you were going. Thank you very much, Peter, for everything you do. But I thank all the attendants who I think make our life really terrific in this place and look after us so well.

Mr Speaker, thank you very much. I am sure you are very pleased that it is Christmas and that you are having a break from that position. I would like to thank members of the crossbench for their support too, and for everything that they have been doing with us during this year. Thanks go to my colleagues over the way there. Thanks for everything you have been doing, particularly when you let goodwill prevail over politicking. I think that is when we can really work together.

Obviously, I would like to thank my family—and particularly my husband, Ian De Landelles—for their support. Most of my family is not here but interstate, but certainly I know that I have their support. I would like to thank each and every one of them for the support that they give me. So happy Christmas and a happy new year to everybody.

Valedictory

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (6.10): I would like to extend my seasons greetings for a happy and holy Christmas to all the members here and to their families, and to all the staff and their families, and to thank them most heartily for the year that we are putting behind us.

There are lots of battles in this place and there are undoubtedly differences, but I think that we should always keep in mind—it is the thing that I like to keep in mind—that it is not personal. It is not about personal animosity. Policy differences are policy differences. I think that it is at times like this that we actually realise that the goodwill


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