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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 07 Hansard (Thursday, 24 June 2021) . . Page.. 2049 ..

footprint across to the North Building, shuffling a lot of people out of this building and shuffling a lot of new members in. In the time that I have been here, there has been an increase from five ministers to nine, which included the need to move the library to fit in the ministers, and various things. He also played a key role in ensuring that this is a healthy and safe workplace.

As you touched on, Ian has always been very professional. He has understood the complexities of working in a political environment, but focused very clearly on the practicalities that help support people from all political parties equally, which I think must be very challenging in this place at times. I think he has done it with great aplomb. He has been a friendly face ever since I arrived in this place. I thank him for that, and wish him well in his retirement.

MR HANSON (Murrumbidgee) (3.10), by leave: Madam Speaker, it would be remiss if someone did not say something on behalf of the Canberra Liberals. As a member of the class of 2008—we are a very tight bunch, Ms Burch, Mr Rattenbury and I; you probably wonder why we are all such good mates, and that explains it—I would like to put some comments on the record as well.

What you said was eloquent and fulsome. When I first got here, Mr Duckworth was responsible for deciding whether we could distribute material in the electorate or not, under what was called EOA. Members might recall that. You would have to go to Mr Duckworth’s office to see whether you could get something approved. He showed his experience of having worked in the bureaucracy for over 20 years. He would give comments like, “Well, it wouldn’t be incorrect to not do that, Mr Hanson.” I would then go back to my office, and my staff would say, “Is it okay to release?” I never really knew, to be honest. That exemplifies his skills as a bureaucrat. I appreciate that he has done other stuff in his time as well.

He has been a pleasure to work with. On behalf of the Canberra Liberals, as a whip and as a member of the class of 2008, we express our support and thanks for everything he has done as well.

Commissioner for Standards—member conduct

Statement by member

MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (3.12), by leave: Madam Speaker, yesterday, on 23 June 2021, I chaired a private meeting of the EGEE committee. Other members of the committee, as you would be aware, are Ms Orr, the deputy chair, and Mr Davis. Following the meeting, one of the committee members, Ms Orr, contacted one of my colleagues in this place seeking clarification of a highly personal matter which I had raised in the course of the meeting. Ms Orr has therefore, in my belief, disclosed my personal information to another person and, furthermore, has done so using information she had access to as a member of the EGEE committee, provided during a private meeting.

I believe this to be a breach of several clauses of the members code of conduct. As such, I have today written to the Clerk asking him to forward this matter to the Commissioner for Standards for investigation.

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