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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 13 Hansard (9 December) . . Page.. 4303 ..

MR HUMPHRIES (continuing):

Mr Speaker, I hope members will give me a nice Christmas present by returning the videos to me by this time next week so that I am not in trouble with the video shops. I wish all members a very peaceful, safe and enjoyable Christmas.


MR QUINLAN (4.21): Mr Speaker, half of the audience has gone. I had intended to hand out notional calendars as we move towards the new millennium. For instance, I was going to give Wayne Berry a calendar where every day was 1 May. We could have the red flag and Solidarity all day and, of course, it would be a half holiday. Mrs Carnell's calendar would be stuck on 27 January 1832, the birthday of Charles Ludwidge Dodgson, otherwise known as Lewis Carrol, who wrote the story of Alice, a shy girl who went on a wondrous journey where things were seldom as they seemed.

Mr Osborne's Groundhog Day would be 25 September 1994, when a couple of passes got him to where he is today. Mr Stefaniak would enjoy 6 November 1999 again and again, as that is when the Wallabies won their second World Cup, reaching the final after a magnificent drop kick by a local Brumbie, Steve Larkham. I will skip a couple. For Mr Rugendyke, Father's Day out of deference to his role as a foster parent. I could not find out the name of the patron saint of police, otherwise I would have included that. Mr Cornwell's calendar would be stuck on the Queen's Birthday - not ERII, but Queen Victoria.

MR SPEAKER: We are not amused!

MR QUINLAN: You are not amused. Mr Hird would consistently enjoy Anzac Day. You can have a drink before breakfast, a bit of bonhomie and a bit of a punt all day. Michael Moore's calendar would be around 1968 and Woodstock. I am sure that his image would have blended in. Mr Smyth's calendar would have been a fairly standard one, except it would have had one birthday per month. We need to put a couple of years on him to bring him up to the image of a potential Chief Minister.

For Gary Humphries every day would be a Sunday. We know that the diet of press releases that Mr Humphries puts out on tinkering with the law exploit the weekend. Sunday is also appropriate because he is the only bloke you could take to Ireland who would go to more churches than pubs. Finally, for Mr Stanhope, it would be 20 October 2001, the next election day, followed by a 1,000-day honeymoon.



MR SMYTH (Minister for Urban Services) (4.25 am): I am sorry to do this, Mr Speaker, but I wish to make short speeches on two subjects. First and foremost, members may have heard me talk about the Conder wetlands program, which is a wonderful community program that has been put together for Tuggeranong. It is not just the people of Tuggeranong that are coming up with such ideas. Graeme Evans of the Belconnen Community Council, together with Mr Raymond Hockley, have developed a proposal for a centenary wetlands in the Belconnen Town Centre. It runs

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