Page 6016 - Week 14 - Thursday, 8 December 2011

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Mr Doszpot has made a great career out of politics and sport, so for him “Power Plays: Politics, Football, and Other Sports”. That is also available on your kindle.

Mr Coe endeavours to individually name every elector in Ginninderra in the term of the Assembly. This will be greatly enhanced by the new book, “Verbalising your speed reading”.

All the Greens live in the inner north, even if they are not members for Molonglo. So for Ms Hunter, she will get a street directory with the pages in her electorate carefully tagged and highlighted. And for Ms Bresnan, “Brindabella brew: a guide to good coffee in Tuggeranong”.

Ms Le Couteur presents a problem because the options are too numerous. There is an uplifting publication I came across on recycling grave sites and a number of DIY coffin manuals, but I really could not go past Julian Montague’s—I kid you not, this is a real book—The Stray Shopping Carts of North Eastern North America: A Guide to Field Identification.

I promised myself that I would eschew uplifting reading this year, but I have recently acquired Anna Karenina and Noel Pearson’s Up from the Mission, so that should fill my card.

I would like to conclude, Mr Speaker, by wishing everyone a happy Christmas. I want to thank the people of Ginninderra for their continued trust and faith in me. I would like to thank the officials that I work with on a regular basis for their professionalism, and I would like to pay tribute to my family—Lyle, Olivia, Tom, Julia, Isabella and Connor—for all their support.


MS LE COUTEUR (Molonglo) (5.51): I would like to start by thanking Mrs Dunne for her very generous gift for me.

I was sitting at home last week on Saturday and feeling a bit melancholy, because I was thinking this could well be my last Christmas as an MLA because, as everyone knows, I have the most marginal seat in the Assembly. While I was thinking about this I read Noel Towell’s Assembly column. I read him every week, of course, as I am sure we all do. I am planning to base my re-election campaign on his advice. Noel’s column this time was about censure motions. I started thinking: could censure motions be the way for me?

Mr Smyth keeps on getting re-elected and he has the honour of having done the most censure motions of any member, so I thought perhaps this is the secret of success. But I have not moved a censure motion before, so I thought, “I’ve got to think about who I censure.”

My first thought was Mr Coe. Yesterday it was wonderful: his red shirt with a yellow tie was outrageous. You looked just like a hotdog with mustard. I thought, “Maybe

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