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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 14 Hansard (12 December) . . Page.. 4498 ..

MR PRATT (continuing):

too. It will be great to see everybody back here refreshed and ticking away in the new year.

I also thank my family.


MRS CROSS (10.08): A few months ago the Chief Minister and I had a conversation in which he said to me that when we come into this place we forget our humanity. He was right. I thank him for his compassion and his kindness. I also extend my thanks to other people in this Assembly, in particular Katy Gallagher, Sue Robinson, Kerrie Tucker, Roslyn Dundas and Karin MacDonald, who have been extremely supportive of me in the last few months-in fact, since the election.

I thank all my staff, from the very beginning-Anne, Marie, David, John Davey, Nick Tedeschi and Richard Perno. I thank the Speaker for his guidance. As a new member in this place, I occupied your chair for a while and I think some of you must have rubbed off. I thank your staff, who have been extremely professional and helpful to me.

I thank Mr McRae and his staff for setting a fine example of professionalism in this Assembly. I thank the attendants for their kindness to me, particularly during the most difficult times. I thank the people in the Hansard office. Last but not least, I thank members of this Assembly, who have taught me some very interesting lessons.

Merry Christmas, everyone.

Mr Smyth: Mr Speaker, perhaps we should start a new tradition and allow the Clerk the final speech for the year. It would be a fine tradition in the Westminster system.

MR SPEAKER: I am sure the Clerk has warm thoughts about you all, but I know that he has the greatest respect for the traditions of this parliament, and I rather suspect that he will not offer to speak in it.


MS TUCKER (10.11): I just want to say happy Christmas to everyone on behalf of myself and Katy Gallagher. We are too tired to do anything else.

MR SPEAKER: Once again, best wishes to you all and best wishes to all of the staff who support us. I give a special thanks to the staff who have watered me after my runs. They seem to get some exercise out of bringing me lots of water each time. I thank them for the help they have given in bringing me probably hundreds of litres of water over the last year.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

The Assembly adjourned at 10.12 pm until Tuesday, 18 February 2002, at 10.30 am.

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