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Statement by Speaker

MR SPEAKER: Before I call on the Manager of Government Business to move the adjournment, I would like to take this opportunity to inform members of the recent resignation of the Assistant Editor of Debates, Mrs Pat Sales. She resigned from her position and retired from the ACT Government Service on 28 July. I believe it should be recorded that Pat Sales was part of the Assembly Secretariat at its very beginning in 1989, when she was seconded from the Commonwealth Hansard Staff to act as Editor of Debates and assist in the establishment of the Hansard Office. She returned to Parliament House in 1990, but when the position of Assistant Editor of Debates was created here early in 1994 she was promoted to it.

Pat Sales had been appointed as a reporter on the Commonwealth Hansard Staff in 1969 - the first female reporter on that staff in its then 68-year history. The quality of her work as a reporter and editor in those intervening years constantly attracted admiration and praise from all of her colleagues. Needless to say, in her editing of the Hansard of this Assembly and in discharging her responsibility for the production of Assembly committee transcripts she continued to achieve the highest possible standards. The Assembly was indeed fortunate to have the services of such a highly skilled, experienced and dedicated Hansard officer.

On behalf of all members of the Assembly and her colleagues in the Secretariat, I wish to congratulate Pat Sales on her record of outstanding service as a parliamentary officer and to wish her a long, healthy and enjoyable retirement.


Motion (by Mr Humphries) agreed to:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Assembly adjourned at 4.59 pm

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