Page 6158 - Week 14 - Thursday, 9 December 2010
Finally, I would like to thank my team, in particular, for their support this year. They have already been mentioned by name by Ms Hunter. They provide me with outstanding support in both my capacity as the Speaker and in my role as a Greens member of this place in the various portfolios that I undertake. I think we have had an outstanding year of success and I would like to thank them for their great support.
MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (5.43): Mr Speaker, I think it might be somebody else’s last sitting day in the chamber as well. I understand somebody might be off to the Middle East to assist the democratic process there. We might wish Pattie well; she let it slip this morning. Never say anything to my office—
MR SPEAKER: Clearly either to you, Mr Smyth.
MR SMYTH: Yes, apparently so.
Next year is going to be a great year. Max, we all know that 2012 will be the year that St Kilda, the Brumbies, the Raiders and the Capitals win premierships and all will be well with the world—
Mr Barr: 2012? Let’s hope some of them can do it in 2011.
MR SMYTH: Sorry, 2011. There you go; I am actually already in election mode. Members, just remember: when you get back after the break and it is 2011 you will be able to say, “Next year when we hold the election.” That is how close it is.
I wish you all well and, rather than name everybody, will say: go and have your holidays and enjoy the time off with your families. You deserve it. These are big jobs and they never end. We were discussing this earlier in the year. Christmas is really the only time everybody else winds down as well. So the expectation disappears. So, Max, just remember: 2011, St Kilda, the Brumbies, the Raiders and the Capitals.
I would like to say thankyou to the people of Brindabella. It is an honour to serve them. It has been a great year looking after the folks in southern Woden and Tuggeranong and I look forward to the next two years to do exactly the same.
To members of the party, particularly Zed for the leadership he has shown, and to MLAs: thank you very much for all the support and friendship. To all the staff in my office, particularly Tim and Haidee: thank you for all you do. We at least get seen occasionally out in the public, but the staff are never seen. So I thank them for the work that they do. They really are the unsung heroes. I think we would all agree with that.
Mr Speaker, to your office, to Mr Clerk and the members of the chamber staff, the Committee Office, Corporate Services, Hansard and the Library: thank you for all you do and the professional way you do it, and to those wonderful people, particularly Kylie, who managed to link my phone—the iPhone versus the HTC phone saga. HTC people have won; we can now be linked to the system. Kylie: great job. All you