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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 13 Hansard (Thursday, 27 November 2014) . . Page.. 4264 ..


dedicated to advancing Greens’ policies and ideas and, above all, are just a fun bunch to work with. I enjoy working with all of them and I appreciate the efforts that they have put in this year; my thanks very sincerely to each of them. I wish them all a restful break because they are going to be very busy in 2015.

I am certainly looking forward to 2015 and what it will bring. No doubt it will be an entertaining year. I have certainly got plenty of energy for the year. I have a few bets that I am already starting to run in my office. The ALP preselection will be no doubt an interesting one. With 13 sitting weeks next year we are running a tab on whether Mr Coe can actually run 13 light rail motions in those 13 sitting weeks. I suspect—

Mr Coe interjecting—

MR RATTENBURY: I am quite confident he can and I feel sorry for him already.

Finally, I would like to wish all those in this place a safe holiday season. I hope you get to spend some time with your family and do the things that you like to do in your spare time and really enjoy your summer break. Merry Christmas, everybody.

Valedictory

MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (6.25): Today during my adjournment speech I am going to refer to a number of Christmas carols by alternative titles. So try to keep up and listen, aerial spirits harmonising.

Over the past year I have welcomed two new granddaughters, had a car accident, been overseas three times, none of which were to a miniscule hamlet in the Far East, and learnt more about the Assembly and the members here, some of whom I would probably be better off not knowing, as not everyone shares my exuberance directed to the planet or is as jolly as Frosty, the man of crystallised frozen vapour.

As the dozen 24-hour yule periods approach, I would like to say thank you to all those who deserve thanks. To those who do not deserve my thanks, you probably know who you are and thanks for nothing. I hope you get scarred for life seeing your material parent osculating a fat bearded man in a red suit.

While I am not going to mention people by name, mostly for fear of leaving someone out, it would be remiss of me not to especially mention my gratitude to my former adviser, Angela McGuinness, who has recently left to take up a position in the big house on the hill. I might never speak to Senator Seselja again for poaching my staff, but thank you to, Angela. I hope you feel about your new job akin to perambulating through a cold season solstice fantasy.

To my other staff, my colleagues, staff of the Assembly, members of my branch and indeed my friends and supporters throughout the electorate, and mostly to my family, a big thank you as the Christmas season approaches. We will all be adorning the vestibule and indulging in sleep time fantasies of a colourless December 25th. We will sing about the quadruped with crimson proboscis and follow up with a rendition of 6 pm to 6 am without noise, which should be especially relevant to Mr Corbell.


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