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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 1 Hansard (18 February) . . Page.. 121 ..

MRS DUNNE (continuing):

I note that no-one will again be able to say in this place that they have been Gary-ed. I always thought that that was a backhanded compliment because it really meant that his skills as a debater had really got under the skin of his opponents. It was that skill as a debater and that great general political skill that saw me grow up politically in the 51/2 years I had on his staff, under his tutelage.

I would have to say, as I said in a more private function, that there was no better boss than Gary Humphries and he provided me with no better employment. I would like to recount that a friend of mine who acquired a job on the hill recently as a staffer rang me up and said, "Hey, this is a really great job. You get to do politics 24 hours a day."I said that there is one better job, and Gary Humphries gave me the opportunity to take that step to that one better job-not just to be a staffer, but to be a member and have the opportunity to serve the people of Canberra in a particular way.

While the skills and attributes of Gary Humphries will be lost to this place, I know that they will not be lost to the people of Canberra. I hope that he will have many years of service in the new place on the hill, and I wish Gary, Cathie, Owain and Felix well.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Assembly adjourned at 4.40 pm

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