Page 6027 - Week 14 - Thursday, 8 December 2011

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provide us with a high level of service, with great professionalism and I suspect on many occasions with good humour which may well be put to the test at times.

I would like to particularly thank the staff in my office—Richard for his thoroughness, his diligence and particularly his creativity, as he adds great value to the work that I seek to do, and to Laura who adds so much value to our office and generally makes the place a bit more fun.

We would like to note of course, as many members are already aware, Helen has left us for a while on parenting leave. It is a great journey for her and it has been an excitement for all of us for her to finally achieve that goal that she sought for so long and she remains in our thoughts, even in her absence.

I would like to thank the Greens team across the Assembly very much, including all of our staff and particularly Meredith, Caroline and Amanda. Working with those three is a pleasure and I think we all give each other a great deal of strength. I would also like to acknowledge our party. It is a great pride for me to spend my days seeking to deliver on the collective vision of that great group of people who put so much time and energy into supporting those of us that publicly represent them and I think that there is so much energy and so many ideas in that party that it is a real privilege to represent them in this place.

I simply wish to close by wishing all members a happy and relaxing festive season. I for one am certainly looking forward to this time of year. It is always great to spend time with family and friends at a pace that is perhaps a little less frenetic than how we all spend our days. And I hope to see as many of you as possible who have the free time at the Speaker’s end of year occasion tomorrow afternoon. It is always a nice chance for us all to let our hair down a little bit, have a quiet drink or two and hopefully leave some of the antics of the chamber behind us. So I know you have all received the invitation. I hope to see you there, and see you all in the new year.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

The Assembly adjourned at 6.26 pm until Tuesday, 14 February 2012, at 10 am.

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