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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 01 Hansard (Thursday, 15 December 2016) . . Page.. 315 ..


My commitment to the journey I have undertaken to be here today I owe to the competitive sporting nature I learned from my father and the lessons I learned from watching my mother run her family restaurant and her tenacity during her final years of life. That same commitment my parents taught me will be the base to serve the people and families of Yerrabi here in the ACT Legislative Assembly. I will endeavour to retain and work on improving the characteristics that define me now. I am approachable and have no limitations in regard to conversing with people from all walks of life.

My values-based beliefs lead me to be compassionate and to have a willingness to listen to people. These are essential features for any good representative. I intend to champion issues of merit and push for good governance, and this is what the ACT population deserves.

I will adopt a forward-thinking position on key issues and will steadily develop and refine my vision for the future. I will be proactive and show a real capacity to think outside the box, to encourage the advancement of ideas that will enhance the reputation and status of Canberra, as well as continue to improve its liveability rating. As an MLA, I hope to pursue my interests in boosting and diversifying the business sector, particularly small business in Canberra, so that they can continue to contribute much more to our economy by creating jobs to continue to support our families and our community.

I am not one for following the crowd, Madam Assistant Speaker. I am one for merit. I want to help provide opportunities so that kids can be as happy as I was growing up. I want the leaders of our future to have the opportunity to demonstrate courage to have a go without judgement, not to have a handout but a hand-up. There are too many people making decisions for other people, which strips this generation of skills for the future. How can we possibly expect future leaders to know how to problem-solve when they have all been taught to be reliant on the government for decisions?

To those that trusted me with their vote and support this election, I can and will represent your interests with the same tenacity and passion I use to approach the issues and desires for my own family. I will continue to serve with the same honesty, integrity and courage that I demonstrated during this election. I am proud to be a true local representative of Yerrabi. Thank you for providing me with this opportunity to speak, Madam Assistant Speaker.

Building the future

Ministerial statement

MR BARR (Kurrajong—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development and Minister for Tourism and Major Events) (5.26): As 2016 ends, and with the territory election now behind us, it is right that we turn our minds to what sort of city and community we want Canberra to be for the next year, the next four years, and in a generation. The time is right to change how the government leads and delivers the Canberra of the future, building on work that is already underway and work that is transforming Canberra into a modern, confident, vibrant, inclusive and,


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