Page 1000 - Week 03 - Tuesday, 29 March 2011

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years—and PM, post Margareta or post Margaret years. So 2010 will be 30 AM and 2011 will be 1 PM in the history of Brindabella Christian College.

I would like to add my thanks to Margaret Sargeant for her contribution to this community through Brindabella Christian College. I thank her for her devotion to education and the formation of young minds, not just as a mathematician and as the queen of grammar but as a true inspiration and a spiritual former of young people in our community. I wish her well in her retirement and I wish her family, especially her husband Alan, well in Margaret’s retirement.

Mr John Barilaro

MR COE (Ginninderra) (5.37): I wish to briefly put on the record my support for and congratulations to John Barilaro, the newly elected member for Monaro. John is a proud local Queanbeyan person, having been born there, grown up there, gone to school there, and he is now running a business there, a business which his family set up 25 years ago.

John was very well supported on the campaign trail by his wife Deanna and children Alessia and Domenica. John has many strong links to the community but perhaps most notably through the Monaro Panthers Football Club, which he helped establish.

John is a family man, a businessman and a community man and he was a perfect choice as the Nationals candidate for the seat of Monaro and he will be a great MP. I am proud to count John as a friend and know that he will work hard to deliver a real change for the people of Monaro. I look forward to working with him to achieve greater results for the residents of Canberra and the Queanbeyan region, particularly on areas such as transport and other cross-border issues.

I note that today and over the weekend John graciously paid tribute to Steve Whan, the outgoing member for Monaro, and I too would like to put on the record my congratulations and thanks to Steve. I think it is widely regarded that he was a very good local member and he did a great job as a local member.

I would also like to put on the record my thanks in particular to George Lemon, Emma Watts, Gaye White and the many people in the ACT Liberal Party who supported John’s campaign over the last year or so.

Standing and temporary orders—suspension

Motion (by Ms Gallagher) agreed to, with the concurrence of an absolute majority:

That so much of the standing and temporary orders be suspended as would enable her to conclude her speech.

Dr John Buckingham

MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Deputy Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Health and Minister for Industrial Relations) (5.39): It is with great sadness, and I am

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