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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 11 Hansard (14 December) . . Page.. 3101 ..

MR HUMPHRIES (continuing):

Unfortunately, triumph turns to tragedy when the effusive review turns out to be the product of an adverse reaction to a malaria inoculation and the journalist flees to India and is never seen again. For Mr De Domenico I see a rather tragic role. After his recent legal difficulties, perhaps the role for him is that of John Wayne Bobbitt. For Ms Tucker I am torn between roles in Hair, Free Willy or Gorillas in the Mist. One of those would suit her background, I think.

Lastly, Mr Speaker, one whose performance in this place deserves special commendation is Mr Hird. That statement is more prophetic than I realised. His performance here has been an inspiration to dipsomaniacs everywhere. While Mrs Carnell has been taking advice from John Walker, Mr Hird has been taking his advice from Johnnie Walker. Forget the Usher of the Black Rod, Mr Speaker; we in this parliament have the Usher of the Black Label. Of course, Mr Speaker, all members of this place are entitled to usher a little Black Label into their lives this Christmas, after the last very hectic 12 months, and in that spirit I join with others in wishing members a very merry and, as Ms Horodny said, a very peaceful Christmas.


MR SPEAKER: I would like to thank all members and their staff for assisting me over this period. The Assembly is evolving, but we have five new members in this - - -

Mrs Carnell: Darwinian.

MR SPEAKER: Yes. We have five new members in this new Assembly, so they have a steeper learning curve than the rest of us, although I think everybody, with the possible exception of Mr Moore, has been on a different learning curve this year. I would like to thank the Secretariat and chamber staff particularly for their help to me over the year. I think it is something that we tend sometimes to take for granted; but a great deal of work goes on behind the scenes, without which we would all be very much the poorer, and, may I say, the more ignorant. On that note I would like to join with everybody in wishing them a happy Christmas, and a safe and restful summer break.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Assembly adjourned at 6.19 pm until Tuesday, 20 February 1996, at 10.30 am

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