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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 01 Hansard (Thursday, 3 December 2020) . . Page.. 199 ..

I also recognise the many workers who will be working long hours this holiday period. Without their hard work, the rest of us would not be able to spend this time with friends and family. Thank you for what you do.

This gratitude must not be just empty words, Madam Speaker. We owe all these people safe and secure work. The lesson of this year has been, above all, that secure work is good for everyone. It keeps workers and communities safe. Workers should not have to choose between providing for their family and protecting their community. Protecting and promoting secure jobs is one of my top priorities across all of my portfolios. I look forward to continuing this work, which will improve the lives of Canberrans and support the community into the future.

I want to thank my fantastic staff for the support they give to me. Every single day, I look forward to coming in to work with my staff. They are fantastic.

I wish everybody a merry Christmas and a safe and happy holiday period. I look forward to working with you all in 2021.


MS BURCH (Brindabella) (4.40): With indulgence, I would like to say a few words from the chair. Firstly, as many have done, I want to thank the staff of the Assembly for the help and the guidance they have provided through this year.

I give my great gratitude and thanks to the people of Brindabella for their faith in me yet again and look forward to serving with the other members of Brindabella here. I am ever grateful for those in our community who kept this community going over this very challenging year from January through to January. There are many in our community, the unsung heroes, who have stepped up each and every time.

I have noticed this year, more than ever, that, come 1 December, everyone has moved into the Christmas spirit. Merry Christmas to my family, particularly and especially my grandchildren, Hunter, Kade, Fletcher and Loup. Members, I wish you all a very safe summer.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

The Assembly adjourned at 4.41 pm until Tuesday, 9 February 2021, at 10 am.

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