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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 14 Hansard (11 December) . . Page.. 5290 ..

Leave granted.

MR SMYTH: I move:

That if the Assembly is not sitting when the committee has completed its inquiry into revenue raising issues in the ACT, the Committee is authorised to send its report to the Speaker, or, in his absence the Deputy Speaker, for printing, publishing and circulation.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Mr Bryan Guest-retirement


MR SPEAKER: Members, before I call the minister for the final adjournment motion of 2003, I draw your attention to the fact that the Assembly's principal attendant, Mr Bryan Guest, will be leaving us in January 2004. Bryan, who has been with us for over five years, is the first point of contact for anyone who comes to work in the building. Unless you see Mr Guest, you don't get a key or a pass.

Mr Guest has always been friendly, and I am sure that those of us who have had to deal with him, have, like me, found him extremely professional, easy to deal with and the results have almost always been good. It's been a good experience, so far as I've been concerned, and I'm sure that's the case with everybody else. There have been various demonstrations, fire drills and other security matters and all those other things that bother members and make our lives more colourful and interesting in this place. Whenever we've needed Mr Guest's assistance, he's always been quick to provide it. As I said earlier, he has always dealt with us in an extremely professional and calm manner, which might give some guidance as to his long history with security issues. On behalf of all members, I thank him for his contribution to the Assembly and I trust that his future will be a good one.

Members, I also offer my thanks to all of you who have assisted in the carriage of democracy in the ACT in the Assembly. I also thank all of those people who work in this place who have made our job easier. I particularly thank all of those people in the clerk's office, the chamber support office, corporate services, Hansard and Communications and the committee office. I know that all of these staff have, in one way or another, been in touch with you throughout this past year, and I'm sure they can't wait until next year so that they can help out again.

It's been a pleasure to work with them. I trust that you agree with me that they have a delightful Christmas, while they recharge the batteries for next year. On my own behalf, I wish all of you a safe and happy festive season. If you have the time, I trust that you might think about those of us across the world who may not be as well off and work out some way next year that we might be able to make their lives a little easier.

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