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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 01 Hansard (Wednesday, 2 December 2020) . . Page.. 95 ..

Sound economic management is essential to increasing prosperity and a sign of responsible government. Every individual has value, irrespective of differences one from another, whether those differences be of gender, age, colour or creed. There is incredible potential for good in every human life.

It is my chief desire to see that the interests of residents of my Ginninderra electorate, particularly the vulnerable, are brought before this government’s ministers and before this Assembly. My priority is to ensure that the residents of this electorate receive the services they deserve.

I want to express my appreciation to those who worked so hard on my campaign. I am indebted to my friends, supporters, volunteers and “brains trust”, under the leadership of an outstanding campaign executive headed by an incredibly capable campaign manager. I welcome many of them here this afternoon.

As with many of us, I am sure that my greatest encouragement came from my family, including my mother, my three sisters and their families. I want to acknowledge their love and support. My greatest thanks go, though, to my wife, Claire, with whom I have journeyed over many years, who has been and remains my primary support and most important counsel.

I am looking to hold the government to account for its use of taxpayer money, which it holds in trust to deliver quality services to the community. This will be a particular focus in my shadow portfolios. I will make myself available to my fellow MLAs to discuss our common ground and differences. I hope to provide practical outcomes for the people of my electorate and will continue to make myself available to understand and address their issues.


Madam Speaker presented the following papers:

ACT Integrity Commission—International Anti-Corruption Day—Statement to the ACT Legislative Assembly, dated 23 November 2020, together with a letter from the Speaker, dated 16 November 2020.

Auditor-General Act, pursuant to subsection 17(5)—Auditor-General’s Reports—No 9/2020—2019-20 Financial Audits Overview, dated 27 November 2020.

Commissioner for Standards—Annual report 2019/2020, dated 31 August 2020.

Freedom of Information Act, pursuant to section 67—ACT Ombudsman—Report 5/2020, A report on the operation of the Freedom of Information Act 2016 for 2019-20, dated November 2020.

Protocols for the operation of pairs to encourage and support members who are nursing mothers or who have carer responsibilities—Agreement by Mr Braddock, Greens Whip, Mr Hanson, Opposition Whip, and Ms Orr, Government Whip.

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