Page 337 - Week 01 - Thursday, 29 November 2012
Finally, I would like to extend my thanks and best wishes to my family, especially my fiancee, Yasmin. I would also like to acknowledge the newest and smallest member of my very small family—only me at this stage—Johan, the whippet, who is a recent acquisition from the pound. I am still getting used to the responsibilities of dog ownership so I did in some ways resonate with the fellow member for Ginninderra in her adjournment speech yesterday.
It has been a challenging and exciting year, and I wish all the very best wishes for a merry Christmas.
MS BURCH (Brindabella—Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Disability, Children and Young People, Minister for the Arts, Minister for Women, Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Minister for Racing and Gaming) (5.10): As we are here in the last sitting of the year we know that it has been a big year for all here. I look forward to representing the good people of Brindabella as a member of the government for the next four years. It has been an honour for the previous four years and I am looking forward to the next four years. I also want to thank my Labor colleagues. I look forward to another four years of friendship, good work and good government practice.
I wish my Labor colleagues and families a safe summer break. I wish those opposite, your families and your new fiancee, Mr Coe—it is very exciting news—and even the baby whippet a very good break indeed.
To the Assembly staff, thank you for all the work you do. I do hope you come back after the break with the same tolerance and patience that you have shown over this week. I want to thank the team in my office—staff Phil Tardif, Marc Emerson, Erin Bennett, Victor Violante, Melinda Small and Emma Clarke and, not forgetting those who left my office this year, Chris Steele and Joel Lyneham. Victor Violante became a father for the second time a week or so ago. He brought his newest addition into the office, and it is a gorgeous little mini Victor, can I say. That is very good. Joel Lyneham is now the proud father of about a six-week-old son as well.
Not forgetting the DLOs—Leeanne Maher, Ashley King and Ian Botcher. I am sure Ian Botcher is still in the building. I do not think Elvis has left yet. To the broader Canberra community, keep safe and certainly enjoy the festive season.
MR WALL (Brindabella) (5.12): I would like to follow the trend tonight and thank the many people who have helped me through the year and wish them all the best for the coming festive season, particularly the members opposite, and all the staff that work in all of our offices and keep us somewhat organised most of the time. They do wonderful work and it is very much appreciated.
To my fellow colleagues and members of our party, I wish you all the very best for the coming Christmas season. I say to the staff of the Office of the Legislative