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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 8 Hansard (29 October) . . Page.. 2525 ..

MR OSBORNE (continuing):

I tried very hard for Brian, which is my father's name, and she would not cop that. She said, "If we are going to call him Brian, what about Cecil?", which is her father's name. I said, "Cecil? I'll have to teach the poor kid to fight if I call him Cecil". But he is Thomas.

I would like to thank very specially Dr Roger Heaton who has delivered my four children who have been born here in Canberra. I first met Roger in 1994. I knew we were going to get on well when I walked in because the first thing I saw in his window was a St George football card. I knew I was in the right place. He has delivered all four of my boys. We had a pretty ordinary experience in Sydney with the first gynaecologist. He was not the nicest bloke in the world. We were very lucky to have had Roger. He is a tremendous support. His encouragement and his gentleness with Sally was terrific, and I would like to thank him. I got on very well with Roger. In fact the last couple of kids have been barred from going to most of the appointments because we spoke about footy for most of the time. He was great. I think everyone who has children would acknowledge that childbirth is quite a daunting experience, especially for the pregnant women involved. Roger was a real comfort for Sally and I would like to thank him for that as well as the staff at John James.

MR SPEAKER: If it is any help, Mr Osborne, if you have any trouble with your wife you can say that if it is not Thomas you have misled the house and will therefore be facing censure.

MR OSBORNE: We have had sillier censure motions, Mr Speaker.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Assembly adjourned at 6.44 pm until Tuesday, 17 November 1998, at 10.30 am

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