Page 28 - Week 01 - Tuesday, 27 November 2012

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The work that goes into running an election campaign is astounding, as all members would agree. I would like to pay special thanks to some of those that made a significant contribution, particularly Phil Lingard, Anne and Tony Daniels, Robert Solecki, Sean and Katharine Carling, Rob Lovett and Pam Berriman. You all contributed much of your time over many months, and I am very thankful.

I say to members of the southern electorate branch, who have given me the opportunity to represent you as a candidate and now as a member, that I look forward to working with you all over the coming term.

I would like to pay tribute to the work of the central campaign team who helped to deliver the best result the party has ever had. Your experience and willingness to coach me through the finer points of campaigning are much appreciated. Your work ethic and belief in bettering Canberra are inspiring.

I feel it is only fitting to also pay tribute to the candidates that took part in the election process, particularly those that were unsuccessful. You and your teams all gave up a significant amount of time and money in order to participate. Democracy in Canberra is much stronger because of your contribution and sacrifice. The electoral process is a testament to the freedoms that we all have in Australia.

To my colleagues at Patioworld, I say thank you for your understanding over the past year as I focused my efforts towards new aspirations. I make a special mention of Darren Broaden, who has carried much of the extra burden in workload in my absence.

To James Daniels, your views, contributions and dedication to my campaign are a testament to your character. You shared the role of campaign manager well, and I am thankful for your support.

Choosing to enter public life is both selfless and at times a selfish act. The challenges it places on family are all too often overlooked. I would not be standing here today if it were not for my family.

I am lucky enough to have married my best friend, Christine. You are the strongest person I know, and your determination is inspiring. What you have achieved is nothing short of amazing, and I am privileged to share your journey. My love for you is limitless.

To my sister, Melissa, I admire your caring nature and determination. Just remember that you can achieve anything if you imagine it.

To my parents, Peter and Barbara, I say thank you for all the sacrifices you have made and support you have given me. Although I have often chosen the road less travelled, you are always supportive of my decision.

I pay one final tribute to the countless others that have had a part in getting me to this place. I am thankful for your help and support. I hope to serve you and the people of Brindabella effectively over the coming years, and I am honoured to be entrusted with such a responsibility.

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