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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 01 Hansard (Thursday, 15 December 2016) . . Page.. 321 ..


have all of its Hansard records available online and he introduced, and administered for many years, the Assembly’s website.

As a colleague, Roger was unflappable, helpful and kind, but never above assisting in some gentle teasing—I say this obviously not having met Roger; I am reading out the Speaker’s words. One Christmas he was responsible for a piece of devilry that resulted in Alvin and the Chipmunks singing ditties every time the Manager of Hansard and Communications started his computer. I would have liked to have seen that!

While we will miss Roger, it is pretty certain that after over 27 years of service to the Assembly he deserves a long, restful and happy retirement with Marianna and Tessie the cat. We thank Roger for his amazing service and wish him all the very best.

Adjournment

Motion (by Mr Gentleman) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Valedictory

MR BARR (Kurrajong—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development and Minister for Tourism and Major Events) (5.49): I rise briefly in the adjournment debate this evening on behalf of all of my Labor colleagues to extend my best wishes, and our best wishes for the festive season, to you, Madam Assistant Speaker—

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Thank you.

MR BARR: and to all members of this place. I would also like to extend our best wishes to all staff of ministers and MLAs and a very warm thanks to all of the staff of the Assembly for their assistance through the daily business of this place, particularly now with the expansion to 25 members that we have here. It has been another busy and productive year for the Assembly, largely focused around the election in October, of course.

This is a festive occasion; so I will not delve too much into politics at this point, other than to say that it is very good to end the year on this side of the chamber with more colleagues than ever before and that it is encouraging to have so many new faces.

I am also personally delighted not be the youngest member of the government anymore. I am very proud of my Labor colleagues and I am truly honoured to lead such a diverse and energetic team. I am really looking forward to the next four years.

Because of the election and the build-up to it, many of the members, members’ staff and Assembly staff have worked long and tirelessly for the ACT. So I say thank you. Without you this place would not work and we as members would not survive.


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