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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 14 Hansard (11 December) . . Page.. 5303 ..

MRS CROSS (continuing):

Barry Schilg arranged the car swap this year and I pay a special thank you to Jacqui Burke for her kindness in swapping cars with me when the car that I ordered wasn't long enough for this tall girl. Thanks, Jacqui.

I thank the library, the committee members that I serve with-John Hargreaves, Roslyn Dundas, Greg Cornwell, and Vicki Dunne. It's been a really enjoyable time this year in those committees. I've learnt a lot and I think we've accomplished quite a bit.

I thank the ACT community for their support, particularly the business community, the multicultural community and the women's groups. I thank my staff, Nick Tedeschi-who has been with me probably the longest-Helen Moore, and Andrea Kelly and staff who have gone on to bigger and better things.

Above all, I thank my husband, David. Without his support I couldn't do the job that I do. Having him as my rock has been the stable foundation on which I'm able to build and do the work that I do and the help I provide to the community. I wish everyone a merry Christmas-Hronia polla, as we say in Greek-and look forward to seeing everybody in the New Year.


MR QUINLAN: (Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Business and Tourism and Minister for Sport, Racing and Gaming) (6.00), in reply: This year I thought I'd give out some notional gifts and focus on games. So, to you, Mr Berry, I give the game of chess. The class struggle is red versus blue. The pieces are non-standard. One side is national secretary-state secretary-organiser and shop steward, the other side is CEOs and members of the board. Red usually wins by careful manipulation of numbers.

To Mr Smyth I give a game of Trivial Pursuit following the question times of this year, and anybody who leads the party can ask 1,200 questions on notice in the space of two years.

To Mr Stanhope I also give a game of Trivial Pursuit but unlike Mr Smyth's, his is loaded with the answers and none of them less than five minutes.

To Ms Dundas I give the game Do Not Follow The Leader. I know Ms Dundas has been struggling to keep up with Democrats everywhere and cause a leadership spill in this place but she can't find the numbers.

To Mr Hargreaves I give a game called Lions and Ladders. It's based on the old Snakes and Ladders. Your football team, Collingwood, climbs a tall ladder for six months, gets to the top and gets a thorough mauling by a lion, only to go back and do the same thing next year.

To Mr Cornwell goes the game of Hangman after a performance in this place. All words used for the puzzle must be related to moral rectitude, discipline and respect, and as a bonus there's a can of spray paint.

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