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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 13 Hansard (Thursday, 2 December 2021) . . Page.. 4126 ..


enjoyable and relaxing holiday period. I feel that we have all earned it, Madam Speaker.

I present the following paper:

List of individuals and teams who assisted Government—Expression of thanks from the Chief Minister for their contributions during 2021.

Valedictory

MR CAIN (Ginninderra) (5.28): Madam Speaker and fellow members, I will not keep you for too long. I would like to broadly traverse the communities that have helped me get to where I am right now.

As I said in my inaugural speech last year, I joined the Canberra Liberals in late 2016. Given my suburb, Evatt, was in the Yerrabi electorate, I want to thank the Yerrabi Canberra Liberals community for taking me close to their heart, and allowing me to eventually be the chair of that electorate branch committee. I still think fondly of that community and hope to keep joining them at their usual meetings. Of course, Evatt was moved into the Ginninderra electorate, so I do have a special commitment to the Ginninderra electorate branch, and thank their members for their support.

A special shout-out goes to the Young Liberals cohort in various groupings in Canberra—the ANU and UC Liberal clubs, the Young Liberals. You all do a great job overall, and I am still here for you to support you and to help you in any way possible.

With respect to my campaign, I was elected basically because of what we call the brains trust. A big shout-out goes to my campaign manager, Dan; my volunteer coordinator, Bree; my media coordinator, Hamish; and Craig, who built all of my corflutes. I asked him what he would like to be called. He said “corflute engineer”, and he will remain that for life.

As I entered this place, I was impressed, and remain impressed, by the quality of the staff of the Office of the Legislative Assembly. It took me a while to get used to being called “Mr Cain”, and it still does. I want to thank the Assembly staff, both on the floor here and in the back offices, in the secretariat, for your professional and comprehensive support.

There are many organisations that I have the privilege to be in contact with as a member for Ginninderra and also as a shadow minister in Canberra. I started to write out who I would want to give a special mention to, but it would have taken too long.

A special shout-out goes to the community councils for all the work that they do. I say to the multicultural and multi-faith community: I am with you; I feel part of you. There is a story with that, too.

Particular groups in Ginninderra that I have been really thrilled to be in contact with are Friends of Hawker Village, Florey Neighbourhood Watch, MacGregor Neighbourhood Watch, and Roundabout Canberra at Holt. I will continue to reach out


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