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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 13 Hansard (Thursday, 27 November 2014) . . Page.. 4269 ..


look forward to working with you over the next couple of years to achieve even more.

To Lisa in my office, thanks for sticking with me and for providing counsel on the education of my children. I do appreciate your kind support and your knowledge in this area. To Scott, welcome back to the Assembly and, importantly, to my office. We never knew there was a freezer in our fridge, but thanks for bringing the order that you have brought with you.

To my union comrades, thank you for your continued support. I will always continue to fight for and support organised labour in this town and across the country. To Matt, thank you so much for working with me, and congratulations on your new appointment. You will make an awesome ACT Labor branch secretary.

To all my Labor colleagues and the Greens and their staff, thank you, I have enjoyed working with you all and look forward to the next two years and continuing to ensure that our city remains the most livable city for everyone—and we will strive for the most livable city in the universe.

I also want to thank my friends, my family, my dog, Cassie Cupcake, and my “single ladies” chickens, Orange, Wendy and Rosy. Thank you all for being my mates and for all your honesty.

To the people who work in this building, to all of the committee secretaries, all of the support staff, the attendants and, most importantly, the cleaners—all of you have helped me out in some way and I appreciate everything you do to keep this Assembly working. To Ray, thank you for your tips. I promise to take them into account.

I wish everyone and all of your families a very safe and happy end of year special celebration, especially to all of the workers and volunteers who will spend time away from their families over this festive season. I hope you are all properly compensated and get to enjoy some time to celebrate as well.

Just one more thing: a reminder that there are people in our community who will be doing it tough, so please donate to the UnitingCare Christmas Let’s Give charity, either by giving gifts and dropping them into my office or purchasing a bag of groceries. I will bring a shopping list and bags around to your offices this week.

Valedictory

MR WALL (Brindabella) (6.52): I guess it is fitting at the end of the second year as an MLA to reflect on a halfway report. On reflection, this year my office certainly hit its stride. I think that goes purely to the heart of those that work in it, particularly Kate Davis who, in the role of senior adviser, has been a stable influence and a stable set of hands, for matters not just relating to the Assembly but, broader, to the electorate and the party as well. Katie, for the young enthusiasm that she brings to the office and eagerness to always get projects done, has been a great asset through the year. A late addition in the latter end of this year, Harry Hughes, who most certainly can only be described as a unique individual, along with his unique fashion style, brings a unique view to politics and a great hunger for the cut and thrust of daily debate.


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