Page 2031 - Week 06 - Monday, 16 May 2011

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In closing, we look forward to that challenge, we look forward to continuing to serve the people of the ACT and we look forward to the next 18 months.

MS HUNTER (Ginninderra—Parliamentary Convenor, ACT Greens), by leave: I would like to thank Jon Stanhope for the significant contribution he has made over 10 years as Chief Minister and, of course, for longer as a member of the Legislative Assembly.

As we all know, 2½ years ago four members came into this place, and that was quite a new experience for the four of us. I would like to thank Jon for participating in those negotiations. We did come out with an agreement supporting Labor to be in government. I believe that that agreement has delivered significant benefits to the people of the ACT. I am not going to sit here and list all of those but there have been many improvements to areas of service delivery and so forth that really have assisted many people across Canberra.

To Jon, I have had a good, productive working relationship with the Chief Minister; that has been helpful at times. Of course, we have also had our stoushes here in the chamber, as it should be. We are a crossbench and we will continue to take up those issues that we hold dear to the government, as is our role in this place. Thank you for your contribution, best wishes for the years ahead and certainly I do hope that you get to spend some time with your family.

To Katy, congratulations. It is a big task. The job of Chief Minister is probably a lonely and a hard job. As you said, you have spent many years in this place building your skills and your knowledge of how it all works.

This morning we have again signed the parliamentary agreement—for it to continue. We will continue to have that agreement in place until the election comes in 2012. There are still items that need to be achieved under that. We look forward to working with you on ensuring that all of those items are progressed because they are of great benefit to many people.

Good luck with it all. I am sure, as we did with the former Chief Minister, there will be times when we disagree and we will take our cases to the floor of the Assembly. But best wishes also for the years ahead.

MR SPEAKER: Thank you, members. Before we proceed, I understand that the federal member for Fraser, Mr Andrew Leigh, is also with us in the gallery today and I welcome him to the Assembly.


Motion by (Ms Gallagher) agreed to:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

The Assembly adjourned at 10.19 am, until Tuesday, 21 June 2011, at 10 am.

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