Page 278 - Week 01 - Thursday, 11 December 2008

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At this point there are some important people I would like to acknowledge, a number of whom are in the gallery today: firstly, my mother, for whom there is not enough I can say. She is responsible for shaping the important values and strengths that I bring to this place. And, if that is not enough, she also worked long and hard on the election campaign to make sure I got here.

To my friend and wife, Nicky: I thank you for all of your love and support, the many adventures and the things you have taught me. To my sister Tammy: thank you for your friendship and support, as well as your tireless efforts as well to get me elected.

To Bob Brown, a man who has given so much of himself in defence of our little blue planet over so many years: I wish to thank Bob for the enormous legacy he has given all of us and personally thank him for his support, friendship and encouragement.

To the rest of my friends in the Senate, Sarah, Christine, Rachel, Scott, Ben, Russell and the rest of the team: your work inspires me every day. I am proud to call you friends and I am proud that in the big house on the hill you are standing up for this planet.

To those Green members who came before us in this place, Kerrie Tucker, Lucy Horodny and Deb Foskey: I thank you for blazing the trail and for your commitment and passion to our party and all the things we believe in.

I would like to thank the members of the ACT Greens who had the faith to preselect me, and those who worked so hard on the campaign. Whilst it is an enormous team effort, for which I am grateful and humbled by, I would particularly like to mention Tom, Sky, Greg, Simon, Keira, Stu, Ebony, Annie, Emily, John, Tim and Shannon.

Finally, I would like to extend my thanks to the more than 16,000 people who voted for the Greens in Molonglo and the nearly 33,000 across the ACT who chose us on your ballot papers. I thank you for the faith you have placed in us and can assure you we will work with energy, vision, commitment and passion to honour the opportunity you have given us.

I would like to conclude with one final thought. It is interesting being labelled a so-called “environmentalist”. It is a tag which draws a range of responses amongst people you meet. Most important to me, however, it means two things: firstly, that I understand the problems that we face; and, secondly, and far more importantly, that I understand that the solutions to these problems are ready and waiting—waiting for people with the courage of their convictions to do something about them. For me that is what the next four years in the Assembly will be all about. Thank you.

Crimes (Bill Posting) Amendment Bill 2008

Mr Stanhope, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

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