Page 3661 - Week 08 - Friday, 24 August 2012

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MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development) (6.39): I move:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Tonight marks the last sitting of this Assembly before the forthcoming ACT election. Whilst it is not my common practice to speak on the adjournment debate, this evening I wish to make a number of comments and thank a number of people who have assisted me and my colleagues more broadly in the performance of our duties over the past four years.

First of all, I express my thanks to my Labor colleagues for what has been an outstanding and very rewarding term as a Labor government. In particular to my leader and Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher, thank you for your support and your ongoing leadership. I look forward to working with you in the forthcoming election, which I am sure will be another successful campaign for the Labor team.

I also acknowledge, of course, the efforts and outstanding contribution of our previous leader and Chief Minister, Jon Stanhope. I wish him all the best in his future appointment in his new role as administrator of Christmas and Cocos (Keeling) Islands. We look forward to receiving his postcards.

I also express my thanks to my Assembly colleagues. It is great to be a member of a Labor caucus which works so collegiately and in such a productive manner. I express my thanks to them all for their support of me and for the ability to contribute with them.

Of course, our efforts in this place are not without the work of many others, and tonight is a suitable location to put on the record my own thanks. To my own personal office, I express my very sincere thanks for their ongoing dedication, loyalty and hard work. The work of the staff of a ministerial office is highly varied and often extremely stressful, and that is before they have to deal with constituents or public service departments. Dealing with the minister alone is well and truly worthy of their pay packets.

I therefore express my sincere thanks first of all to my chief of staff, Monika Boogs. Monika has been an outstanding confidante and ally at every turn, and I thank her for her advice, her counsel and her leadership of the rest of the staff in my office. I express my thanks to Katie Bourke, my executive officer. She is always an outstanding front-desk meeter, greeter and organiser of all things to do with where I have to be most times of the day or night.

To my advisers, Kim Hosking, Lesley Cameron, and Steve Blume; my media advisers, Pat Cronan and Kristen Zotti; my current departmental liaison officers, Joshua Ceramidas and Clare Guest; and my community policing liaison officer, Sergeant

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