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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 6 Hansard (15 June) . . Page.. 1970 ..


Motion (by Mr Moore ) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

MR HUMPHRIES (Chief Minister, Minister for Community Affairs and Treasurer) (12.20 am): Mr Speaker, I am sorry to speak on the adjournment at this hour. I will be quite brief.

Mr Moore: No, feel free. Take your time.

MR HUMPHRIES: Thanks, yes.

Mr Quinlan: Make it bloody good.

MR HUMPHRIES: It will be good, and it will be quick. Very recently, Senator Margaret Reid celebrated the twentieth anniversary of her election as a senator for the ACT. Today there was a celebration of that fact, which I was not able to attend because of the sitting of the Assembly.

I want to put on the record the government's appreciation of Senator Reid's service over the last 20 years. It is unusual to have service of that length, particularly given that the service in the Senate for the ACT entails election every time there is an election for the House of Representatives. Senator Reid has probably faced more elections as a senator than any other member of that body. Her endurance over that time is a testament to her tenacity and her dedication to the city she serves. I think we would all acknowledge, no matter what party we come from, that she has worked very hard on behalf of the citizens of this city, and I think it is appropriate that we should celebrate this anniversary of hers. I know that it is not always easy to be a Liberal, particularly a federal Liberal, in the ACT, and Senator Reid has had to walk a very fine line on many occasions. Her continuing presence in the Senate is an indication of how well she has done.

MR MOORE (Minister for Health, Housing and Community Services) (12.22 am), in reply: Mr Speaker, I am going to make some comments. I just want to indicate that that closes the debate.

MR SPEAKER: I think it probably will. I do not know that anybody else is speaking.

MR MOORE: At 7.30 this evening, when we returned to the debate on the electoral bill, we heard a number of speeches that could be described as little other than bilious. I would like to comment on those speeches and say they reflect much more on the people who made them than they do on the people they were accusing.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Assembly adjourned at 12.22 am (Saturday) until Tuesday, 19 June, at 10.30 am

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