Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 14 Hansard (Thursday, 8 December 2011) . . Page.. 6011 ..
I say to the Liberal Party and to the president, Tio Faulkner, to the management committee, the branch members and the branch chairs, thank you very much for your support and the work you do. I see one of our wonderful volunteers is here in Katie Lankuts, so well done, Katie, on all your work this year.
I would like to mention my family. We do not get enough time with our family in this job, and we notice it particularly in sitting weeks, and it is tough. So to Ros, Michael, Tommy, William and Olivia, I would like to tell them how much I love them and how I wish I could spend more time with them in weeks like this, but I do look forward to spending a lot of time with them in the coming weeks.
I had a wonderful moment with Olivia this week when she pretended to be the boss. She wanted to play work, and she pretended to be the boss, and she was a much better boss than I am. I asked her what I should do and she gave me some advice, and then the next day I called in sick and she asked if they should send an ambulance for me. She offered to come and visit me. I thought, “No, I don’t want my boss visiting me when I’m having a sickie,” so I suggested she not come. But she was very persistent. I love her very much, as I do all of my children and my wife, Ros.
To my opponents, I would just like to wish you all a merry Christmas. To Katy, Andrew, Simon, Joy, Chris, Mary, John, Meredith, Shane, Caroline and Amanda, I wish you all a good break and a merry Christmas.
Finally, to my team of Liberal MLAs, I want to take this opportunity to say just how proud I am of you guys this year. I think that it has been a very good year. I am really proud of the work you have done for your community. I am really proud of the work you have done in representing the Liberal Party and representing Liberal values here in the ACT. You all work extremely hard for your electorates. You all work extremely hard in taking up great causes, and I appreciate that work. I appreciate the way you work together as a team. I appreciate the way you back each other up and give each other support. I think you are doing an outstanding job. I would like to wish you all a merry Christmas. To Brendan, Jeremy, Vick, Doszie and Al, thank you very much. Have a wonderful Christmas. Next year is going to be a big year, and we look forward to it.
To all Canberrans, have a happy and holy Christmas and a very safe holiday.
MS HUNTER (Ginninderra—Parliamentary Leader, ACT Greens) (5.35): I would also like to acknowledge Kas Paul who, after many years, is retiring. I wish him all the best and hope that he does have some quiet moments in between running, which seems to be his passion. I would also like to thank other members in this place, wish you all a happy holiday and also the best over Christmas. I hope that you do get to spend time with your families and loved ones.
Of course, this place would not run without all of those people behind the scenes, and that is in Hansard, Corporate Services, Chamber Support, the library and IT. This year