Page 6021 - Week 14 - Thursday, 8 December 2011

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the Serjeant-at-Arms, all the staff in your office and all the assistants that you have. Thank you for your great advice at all times. I thank the hardworking attendants who give us a great smile every morning when we come in and sometimes say goodnight to us, but often as not they have gone home before we have.

Thank you very much to all the corporate staff, the education office, Hansard and the various committee secretaries that I have worked with on my standing committee. There have been quite a number so I will not name them all, but I am sure they know that they are held in high regard by me and other committee members. I also thank the secretaries of the other standing committees that I have worked with and the whole of the secretariat staff who support us so much in our committee work.

I thank the library and the Parliamentary Counsel, particularly the Parliamentary Counsel for their valuable advice and assistance to me, and the various InTACT staff who help to sort out my little glitches every now and again with IT. It does not take much to have a glitch with IT with me, I am afraid.

Lastly, or it is not really lastly, I would like to thank my staff particularly. Members will know that Andrew Hunter left me at the beginning of this year to return to South Australia, to work for a federal member. Since then Monica Vannasy has joined the Porter team. I thank each member of my team, Charles—or Murimi as we know him in our office—Jack, Monica and Murielle.

I would like to thank all of those opposite and those on the crossbench. I am not quite sure what I am thanking you for; a stimulating year, shall I say? It has not always been pleasant but it has been stimulating. I am looking forward to another stimulating year in 2012.

I would like to thank all of my colleagues in the Labor Party for their support and particularly my colleagues in this place for their support during 2011. I look forward to working with them next year.

I would like to thank all those in the electorate who have been constant visitors to my mobile office, on the phone and giving me emails, letting me know how I can make a difference in their lives. I am very grateful to them for working with me to make a difference to the whole community.

Lastly, I would like to wish you all a happy new year and a good festive season.

Dr Gary Lin


MR COE (Ginninderra) (6.07): Firstly, a little bit of business, which is not unlike me. I rise this evening to pay tribute to Dr Gary Song-huann Lin, representative for the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office to Australia. Dr Lin has served in Australia for six years and has built on the strong ties that have prospered between Australia and the Republic of China for many years. Dr Lin is a model diplomat. He is wise, considered, considerate and committed to strengthening the bilateral relationship

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