Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 03 Hansard (Tuesday, 30 March 2021) . . Page.. 654 ..
Jude played an important role in mentoring and upskilling other people in drug user advocacy, ensuring that her impact will continue within these circles. Her mentoring and upskilling went further. I was lucky enough to work with Jude closely for a number of years in her role as a board member of the International Network on Health and Hepatitis in Substance Users. I benefited personally from her wisdom, her advocacy and her fierce belief that we needed to involve people who used drugs in the work around drug policy. As Melanie Walker, Chief Executive Officer of AIVL, wrote in her letter advising Jude’s colleagues of her passing:
Jude’s achievements and contributions to the drug user movement both in Australia and internationally have been greater than the sum of their parts. I know that many of you will continue to ask yourselves ‘what would Jude do’ in any given situation moving forward, and also to inspire the next generation of harm reduction advocates, policymakers, researchers and service delivery workers in line with things that Jude has shared with and taught you.
I know that I will, and I encourage all of my colleagues working in this important area within government to do so too. I extend my condolences to Jude’s family and friends, and thank her for the work that she did.
MR MILLIGAN (Yerrabi) (5.30): It is good to be back, particularly after my mini-break and a period of reflection. I am pleased to say that it is an honour to be standing here today. I have always wanted to be a strong local representative, and I have always wanted to work hard for my community. I have always tried my best to represent the values of the Liberal Party. In that sense it is great to be back, with another opportunity to be an even better local representative.
I am determined to continue to achieve success in what I see as my mission to encourage more voters to realise that the values of the Liberal Party do in fact align with their own. At the same time I need to acknowledge that I am standing here because Alistair Coe has resigned after 12 years in the Assembly. Alistair was a strong voice for Ginninderra and Yerrabi, and achieved a very strong following. I will do my best to stand up for the more than 20,000 voters in Yerrabi that voted for the Liberal Party.
I also want to acknowledge the efforts and service of my former colleagues, Vicki Dunne, Andrew Wall and Candice Burch. All were highly capable and passionate members of this place and will be missed.
The result last October was not what we, the Canberra Liberals, were hoping for. Over my term I worked hard in my electorate, seeking to be a champion for residents and local small businesses. In my portfolios I showed real initiative in developing solutions, featured in two booklets, “Find Your Game”, a long-term development for sport and recreation in the ACT, and “Improving the Lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of the ACT”. The level of endorsement of my policy initiatives was heartening. It showed that I had adopted the right process by seeking the views of people at the coalface.