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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 11 Hansard (10 December) . . Page.. 3515 ..


Motion (by Mr Humphries) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.


MR HIRD (5.40): Mr Speaker, as this is the last sitting day of 1998, as Government Whip I would like to thank my colleagues who sit opposite me and their staff. I would like to thank the crossbenchers and their staff, and also my own colleagues for the assistance they have given me in the past 12 months. I would also like to extend that courtesy to your staff, Mr Speaker, the Clerk, the Deputy Clerk and all the secretariat staff. I wish all of them a very merry Christmas and a prosperous 1999.


MR BERRY (5.40): Thank you, Mr Speaker. We have to fit everybody in, have we not?

Mr Kaine: Am I invisible?

MR BERRY: Okay, age before beauty.

MR SPEAKER: Come on, gentlemen.

MR BERRY: Mr Speaker, I would like to thank all of the staff who assist us in this place, without repeating what Mr Hird has said - people from the library, people who are associated with Hansard, and the secretariat who have, in their usual way, been helpful at all times in providing advice at a moment's notice. I have said on occasions that they are able to deal with the impossible immediately, but miracles take just a wee bit longer, and that is always welcome. We also had sterling service from the committee secretariat staff. The committees that I have served on have resulted in an enjoyable experience for me. I would like to thank the constituents of the ACT who have supported me this year and who have supported my colleagues. I would like to thank my colleagues for their comradeship this year, and I expect that we are going to have another couple of good years.

Mr Quinlan: And their numbers.

MR BERRY: Mr Quinlan interjects, "And their numbers". They are helpful, but we need more, and we will get them. I would also like to thank the Liberal Party for making my office a happier place. It certainly has been a much happier place in the last couple of weeks as a result of the generosity of the Liberal Party and some of its people. We will never get to know the extent of that generosity, but the smile indicates something to me.

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