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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 14 Hansard (12 December) . . Page.. 4490 ..

MR QUINLAN (continuing):

For Mr Hargreaves, the Tsar of Tuggeranong: "Charity begins in my bleeding electorate."

For Ms MacDonald: "Politics takes its toll. Please carry the correct change."

For Ms Gallagher, a young women from the Left: "Sacred cows make great hamburgers."

For Mr Stefaniak: "Spare the rod. It's the end of civilisation, as it damn well should be. And stand up straight. I'm talking."

For Mr Cornwell: "Like death and taxes, the poor will always be with us. Well, they'll be with you, because I've seen enough of them already."

For Mr Pratt: "Jack, or Steve, is as good as his master, so my hat is in the ring too."

Finally, for Mr Berry: "You can't make an omelette without breaking eggs or heads, and you can't make an omelette without exploiting the chook and probably the egg gatherer as well."

Merry Christmas.


MR SMYTH (Leader of the Opposition) (9.39): Mr Speaker, to you and to all members, a merry Christmas and seasons greetings. Christmas is a fabulous time of the year when we put away some of the trappings of the place and enjoy each other's company and relax. I am not sure people understand how stressful our job can be. I think each of us appreciates how others work hard in what they do. I wish you all well for the season.

Mr Speaker, I would like to thank you, Sue and Daniel for the way you have run the Assembly for the last year. It is running very well. You seem to have grown into the position. We have dilemmas some days with some of your decisions, but your wry grin and sly glance to the roof on occasions indicate that you are enjoying yourself more than you would let on.

To the various arms of the Assembly-corporate services, the Clerks and their staff, and the attendants-I offer the thanks of the opposition for all the assistance you have given us. The last 12 months have been quite interesting. I feel like the Bedouin of the Assembly, having shifted four times in 12 months. Tim and I then James and I have had a great time. We have learnt how to pack boxes. We are going to moonlight over the Christmas period, helping people move house.

The stand-out member of Assembly staff for the year is Barry. Barry, I am sure you are not listening. I hope you are at home watching Collingwood replays, as you should be. I give special thanks to you, Barry, for all the assistance you have given my office over the year and for the patient, graciousness and charitable way in which you have looked after us.

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