Page 332 - Week 01 - Thursday, 29 November 2012

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Members, I wish all of you a very happy Christmas and safety for your families all the way through. I ask that you remember some of these other members of our community who are not as fortunate as ourselves.


MRS JONES (Molonglo) (4.54): I would like to take the opportunity on the last sitting day for 2012 to thank the Canberra Liberals for their very great support over a number of years, but this year in particular, in the management of our election campaign. The Liberal Party here in the ACT works very hard. To the staff in the secretariat, to the volunteers out on the ground, I want to thank you for your daily efforts to promote a Liberal government for this great territory, which it clearly needs.

Because I have not yet staffed my office, I cannot do the usual thanks. However, I have every confidence that those coming to join me in the new year will be exceptional. I thank the staff of the Office of the Legislative Assembly for the smooth induction into the running of the Assembly and for answering my many questions. I know I had a lot of questions, and I look forward to working with you over the years ahead.

Thank you to those opposite for coming here and making our democracy work. There are many matters on which I disagree with you, and that is only right. We are here to represent another view. But credit where credit is due; I believe you are very committed to this city.

I thank the Canberra Liberals’ Assembly staff who have made my first weeks in this place so smooth. Thank you all for answering my questions and assisting me not to miss a division yet. Thank you for your interest in my wellbeing, and I look forward to working with you over the times to come.

To Hannah Passfield, who has gone on to more important work, thank you for your hard work in this place and your confident and capable way of supporting and encouraging our team.

Finally, and certainly not leastly, thanks to the MLAs of the great Liberal Party, who have shown me kindness and support already. I look forward to learning more and supporting you in this place. We carry the beacon of freedom and prosperity in this city and we do mighty work. To be a Liberal MLA in this city, you have to be tough, you have to be strong and you have to work harder than all the rest. There are no free rides and there are no promotions without sweat and tears. Well done all. Enjoy a restful and rejuvenating Christmas.

Having recently taken on the women’s portfolio, I wish all the women, mothers, daughters, sisters and grandmothers a good holiday season.

As I have just taken on the vital work of making sure our many ethnic communities are properly served by government, as the new shadow minister for multicultural affairs, I would like to say felix dies natalis; chag sameach; boldog karacsonyt; sretan

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