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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 13 Hansard (Thursday, 27 November 2014) . . Page.. 4268 ..


I thank colleagues’ staff members—Ian Hagan, Neil, Joe, Jodie, Jess, Chris, Merlin, Emma, Kate, Katie, Harry, Clinton, Maria, Keith, Ben, Ruth, Danielle, Angela, Erin, Danielle, Peter and Marianne.

As chair of the Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety and the JACS scrutiny committee, and deputy chair of the education committee, I thank all colleague MLA members on these committees for their contribution, as well as the secretary of JACS, Dr Brian Lloyd, and the secretariat of the JACS scrutiny committee—Mr Max Kiermaier, secretary; Anne Shannon, assistant secretary, who is ever smiling and always so enthusiastic about scrutiny of bills business; Mr Peter Bayne, legal adviser of bills; Mr Stephen Argument, legal adviser, subordinate legislation—and also Andrew Snedden, secretary of the education committee.

Thanks also to the chamber staff: Clerk Tom Duncan and deputy Max Kiermaier, Janice Rafferty, who always makes sure we MLAs know what to say and when to say it—we have a long-standing joke in our office that you can set your watch by Janice on sitting days; her timing is always spot-on with delivery of papers—Celeste Italiano, and Joanne Cullen, who seems to pop up in a variety of roles. I thank the attendants—Rod Campbell, Michael, Paul, Panduka, Brian, Dennis, David, Oscar, Andy and Sonia—and best wishes to Peter Edwards as he recuperates from surgery.

My thanks go to those in Hansard under the direction of Val Barrett—Gael Hardgrave, Roger Malot and all the editors who always try to make sense of much nonsense in this place—to those in IT under Val Szychowska—Ben Sledge and John Norton; to the library team, led by Jan Bordoni; to Ian Duckworth and his team—Emma, Chris, Rachel—and to David, Joanne and Neal Baudinette, who prods and urges us all to take more interest in art and the very important education programs he conducts for ACT schools.

My thanks also go to Rick Hart, who manages to find another desk, another lead or another light bulb at a minute’s notice. And last but not least, to Ray Blundell, who earlier this year received his 20 years service award and is now pulling up stumps and will be enjoying a no doubt well-earned retirement with plenty of fishing.

To all our parliamentary colleagues in government and on the crossbench, I wish you all a very happy and safe Christmas and a fulfilling time spent with your families. I have enjoyed working with all of you and look forward to a very interesting year ahead for all of us in 2015.

Finally, to my family—Maureen, Adam, Amy, Nettie, Ed, Isabella, Noah, Kasia, Andrew and Harry—thank you for your unconditional support, love and understanding.

Valedictory

MS BERRY (Ginninderra) (6.49): I would like to say to all of the people who enjoy living in my electorate of Ginninderra and to all across Canberra that it has been a privilege to meet with you and work together to make our community even better. I


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