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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 13 Hansard (Thursday, 27 November 2014) . . Page.. 4273 ..

live, how we live and how our democracy works when so many others struggle to make their democracy work. The circumstances in which they do this are much more disadvantageous than ours. We should be grateful.

Even for those who are struggling here in the ACT, while their struggles are difficult sometimes, they would pale in comparison with those who are struggling elsewhere in the developing world. I think we need to keep in mind as we approach the Christmas season that we are privileged. Even the least privileged of us are extraordinarily privileged in this city and in this privileged country.

Madam Assistant Speaker, I wish you all the greetings of the season, peace, joy and prayerfulness.


MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (7.05): To all those who put me here—the voters, the Liberal Party, those I represent in Brindabella—I say merry Christmas. To all those who work with us here—all the LA staff, the media, the public servants—merry Christmas. To all the members and their staff all around the chamber, merry Christmas.

To those who find themselves alone this Christmas, who are unemployed, troubled or unwell, I wish you a merry Christmas and hopefully a better year for next year. To those who will work over Christmas, particularly the nurses and the doctors, the police, the emergency services staff, the RFS, given the season that we face, those in hospitality and, in particular, our Defence Force personnel, all of them and particularly those who may find themselves in harm’s way over the festive season—that cannot be very pleasant—thank you for what you do and merry Christmas. May you be home safely next year for Christmas.

To my staff, Emma and Merlin, thanks for all you do. Merry Christmas. To my own Amy, Lorena, David and Robyn, merry Christmas and thank you all. Merry Christmas; goodnight.

Motion agreed to.

The Assembly adjourned at 7.07 pm until Thursday, 4 December 2014, at 9 am.

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