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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 1 Hansard (20 February) . . Page.. 350 ..

MR WOOD (continuing):

My archivist has provided me with one of a number of newspaper clippings she holds. It is from the Canberra Times dated 10 December 1989, at the end of the first period after self-government. The heading at the top says:

Gary Humphries gives the distinct impression of a fox waiting outside a hen house: Lean and hungry but he has his ambition on hold.

The story was mostly about tensions within the Liberal Party and whether he would challenge Trevor Kaine for leadership. But there is an interesting point near the end of the story:

In the long term, he sees the assembly as a stepping-stone to federal politics and would like to take ACT Liberal Senator Margaret Reid's seat when she retires.

Margaret Reid had not been in the Senate very long at that time, so I must commend Mr Humphries for his tenacity and his continuing intention of purpose to see it through to the end, about 13 years down the track. One of the characteristics of Mr Humphries was that he was tenacious.

Mr Speaker, you and I, as sole survivors of the continuing members of the First Assembly-Mr Stefaniak was one of the first, but he lost membership for a while-we will battle on, won't we?

Question resolved in the affirmative.

The Assembly adjourned at 5.16 pm until Tuesday, 4 March 2003, at 10.30 am.

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