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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 5 Hansard (8 May) . . Page.. 1820 ..

MRS CROSS (continuing):

not feel like complete fools and think, "Okay, we can preserve our ego here because he hasn't made us feel too bad.". You are discreet, which is absolutely necessary in your role.

I am delighted to know that the literacy level of this Assembly is good enough that everything does not all fall on your shoulders, but your literacy level is at such an impeccable level anyway that if we do fail you will come to our rescue. I can see that you would be a very good poker player because you manage to mask the great frustrations you must endure from time to time from some of the boring things you hear in this place. I think that you would make an excellent member of the United Nations. I am sure that Kofi Annan would be delighted to chat to you about that role before he retires.

On a personal note, I would like to thank you for the support you have given me and my office during some very good times and some very difficult times. You have been a great rock for me and I appreciate that. I think that Canberra is a better place for having a consummate professional like you helping run this new parliament. Thank you very much and I wish you and your family well.

MR QUINLAN (Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Business and Tourism and Minister for Sport, Racing and Gaming), in reply: Mr Speaker, just to close off: quite clearly, Mark, there is very high regard for you in this room. It is not blokey to say that there is a lot of love in this room, but there is a lot of love in this room. I commend the motion to the house.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

MR SPEAKER: Members, in the best traditions of clerks at the table, I have been asked to pass on to you Mark's thanks for your very kind comments.


Motion (by Mr Wood ) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Oaks Estate-transport

MR CORBELL (Minister for Health and Minister for Planning) (10.48): I wish to take advantage of the adjournment debate to table an answer to a question Ms Tucker asked in question time yesterday. I present the following paper:

Oaks Estate-Public transport access-Answer to question without notice asked of Mr Corbell by Ms Tucker and taken on notice on 7 May 2003.

Mr Richard Perno

MRS CROSS (10.48): Mr Speaker, I take this opportunity to wish Richard Perno a fond farewell. Today is Richard's last day in this Assembly. He spent the last six months supporting me in my new role as an Independent and he has been on the lookout for an

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