Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 09 Hansard (Thursday, 23 August 2018) . . Page.. 3575 ..
is in other town centres. And there has not been a firm commitment that I can see in the budget about widening the paths around Lake Tuggeranong. I receive lots and lots of complaints from walkers, joggers and bike riders about the path. (Time expired.)
MR PARTON (Brindabella) (4.30): I really enjoy working in this place, and I think it is partly because I am surrounded by such good people. I am not just talking about the MLAs, because I think we are all good people, but I am talking about the wonderful attendants who we have working for us here at the Assembly. The attendants should not underestimate what they bring to this chamber on sitting days and to the building on non-sitting days. Of course, they are always the first point of contact when people come to the building.
I speak today to make mention of one of those attendants who is about to leave us. I am most disappointed that Brian Allan is not actually rostered on today. Typically, of course, Brian does not work on Thursdays; yesterday would have been his final sitting day here. My understanding is that he finishes up officially at the end of the month.
Brian has been working here for five years. He will finish up officially at the end of the month. He is a true larrikin. He has a wry sense of humour; he is so dry. He has often made me smile in here, but of course his work here on the floor has been impeccable. I know that he will now have more time to enjoy life. I have come across Brian on his mountain bike on a number of occasions while I was out riding my bike around Lake Tuggeranong. I hope I get to see some more of him down there. Being a Brindabella resident gives me yet another reason to say hello, as if there were not enough reasons.
I am sure that Brian will be enjoying his sleep-ins, listening to RnB Friday, and cycling all over the place. I know that I speak on behalf of all of the other MLAs in saying: farewell, Brian; we will miss you, buddy.
MS J BURCH (Brindabella) (4.32): I am the third member from Brindabella to talk this evening. I rise because there is much that the residents of the Brindabella electorate can be pleased about in this year’s budget. The budget provides for services for our growing city. This budget also entrenches Canberra as the most liveable, best educated, longest living and most affluent jurisdiction in the nation. Success in these metrics does not come by accident. Success in these metrics is the product of 18 consecutive Labor budgets.
I am very proud to be a member for Brindabella and to come from Tuggeranong. I often say that the sun shines brighter, the grass is greener, our backyards are bigger, and our beautiful mountains and natural parks make it a great place to live. Indeed, Tuggeranong is the very image of the bush capital.
But what has also made the Canberra region an exceptional place is that Canberra has always championed a fair go. I am proud, as I have said, to be a member for