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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 06 Hansard (Wednesday, 5 June 2019) . . Page.. 2178 ..

working with my Labor government colleges to deliver on these commitments in building for Yerrabi’s future.

Public housing—relocations

MR PARTON (Brindabella) (6.06): I was not intending to speak tonight, but I felt I had to come down and respond to Ms Berry by saying that I am somewhat embarrassed that in the flurry of questions regarding the housing complex today—and it was a moving feast; we were changing supplementaries on the fly—in the heat of that moment, without meaning to, I slipped up and mentioned the name of the housing complex. I apologise for doing that because, as the minister said, I specifically said to her that it was something that I would not be doing. Certainly my office and the Canberra Liberals team had gone to enormous lengths in constructing those questions to ensure that we would not be naming the complex. And I feel a bit of a dill, to be honest.

I also feel dismayed because of the way that Ms Berry responded. She harbours the belief that I perhaps set out to drop the name of the complex in that fashion. I never did. The question is here with me. I have got my handwritten notes at the bottom. I messed up. I hope that in future, when I make a pledge to the minister on something in person, she will accept that I will go to great lengths to fulfil that. I certainly did go to great lengths in this case, but I messed up. That is what I have for you.

Bruce Toastmasters

MS CHEYNE (Ginninderra) (6.08): I rise briefly to congratulate the Bruce Toastmasters club on their 30th anniversary in March this year and thank them for their very warm welcome at my attendance at their usual Wednesday meeting, which I was fortunate enough to be part of last week. I know Toastmasters prides itself on organisation, timekeeping and, above all, a supportive environment. My impression is that Bruce Toastmasters club delivers this in spades. I was impressed with the very good humour and encouragement with which everything was expressed throughout the 90-minute meeting.

I am also pleased to say I picked up a few tips. I think I have become very cognisant of the ums and ahs that I say when I am speaking off the cuff, but I certainly felt very warm and supported when I was offered the opportunity to give a brief speech to warmly congratulate them on their 30 wonderful years.

The longevity of any club comes down to its community and I think that, in the little time that I observed the club and its operations, it demonstrated just what a strong community that club still has to this day, 30 years on. It was a real pleasure to be there. I pass on my thanks to president, Sean, for inviting me, to the toastmaster that evening, Felix, for his very warm introduction of me and for having me there, and to the broader community for what was a really lovely evening. Congratulations again, Bruce Toastmasters club.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

The Assembly adjourned at 6.10 pm.

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