Page 335 - Week 01 - Thursday, 29 November 2012

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Brindabella, with 7,800 new residential developments in the Tuggeranong master plan, better health services like the new nurse-led walk-in centre, and the implementation of the master plans in Brindabella for Erindale and Tuggeranong. I think they will provide much better services for the area.

Finally, thank you to all of my Assembly colleagues for their warm welcome back, and thanks also to the Assembly staff for their help. I wish everybody a very merry Christmas.


MR HANSON (Molonglo) (5.03): Madam Speaker, it was good to see you make a valedictory speech without crying this time. I would assume that with your elevation—

MADAM SPEAKER: I do not think you should reflect on the chair in that way, Mr Hanson!

MR HANSON: to the Speaker you have become more hard-nosed, perhaps. I would like to start by saying that the person I probably miss, surprisingly enough, is Ms Le Couteur, who would always give a most entertaining valedictory speech. I think we will miss her. It is probably the last time in this place I will say I will miss any of the Greens, but I think that we will miss Ms Le Couteur’s wit and little anecdotes.

I would like to comment on the past portfolios I had—police, corrections and Indigenous affairs. To all of the staff and people who assisted me with those portfolios, I say thank you. Obviously with the new portfolios I have been given by the leader—disability services, family and community services and housing—I will look forward to working with all the community sector and ACT government officials to get up to speed and to do what I did in the previous Assembly, which is to hold this government to account.

There is no doubt it has been a busy year, dominated by the election, and I certainly welcome back those members on all sides who have been re-elected. I particularly welcome the new members—Ms Berry, Mr Wall, Mrs Jones, and Mr Gentleman after his holiday.

I would like to thank all of those who supported me this year. There are too many to mention, but I would like to particularly mention the staff members in my office upstairs—Ms Brigitte Morten and Ms Jessica Hynson. Both are outstanding staff members who have served me so well throughout this year, and I am so happy and privileged that they have decided to continue on for the foreseeable future.

Finally, I would like to thank the constituents of Molonglo, the people of Molonglo, for again putting their trust and faith in me. I assure them I will not let them down and I will work as hard over the next four years as I did over the last four years to represent their interests.

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