Page 338 - Week 01 - Thursday, 29 November 2012

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Assembly, although I have only known you for a very short time, the work that you have done to make all of us new members fit in and hit the ground running has been very much appreciated, and I do thank you for your hard work.

To all my former colleagues at Patioworld, I wish you all the best for the coming season. I very much look forward to spending some quality time with my wife. Over the course of the campaign family does take a bit of a back-seat role. And not to be outdone by Alistair’s whippet, we have an announcement of a new arrival in our house as well—Grace, the new cocker spaniel.


MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Seselja, are you going to announce the arrival of a dog as well?

MR SESELJA (Molonglo—Leader of the Opposition) (5.13): Thank you, Madam Speaker. The kids ask for a dog every Christmas; they say they will look after it and I do not believe them.

I have not had the chance to publicly congratulate Mr Coe on his engagement—that is very exciting—to the beautiful Yasmin, and we wish them well for their engagement and their marriage. It will be the wedding of the year next year, I am sure.

Can I thank all of the staff that have worked really hard on both our campaign and in the Assembly, but particularly pay tribute to Hannah Passfield, who has left us. Hannah did an outstanding job. She has made such a wonderful impact for us. It is one of the toughest jobs, I think, in the Assembly, the job that Hannah had, and she handled it brilliantly. I know that all members of the opposition have the highest regard for Hannah Passfield, so we wish her well for the future. She will go on to wonderful things in her career, if that is what she chooses, and in her family as well. So I wish her all the best.

To Siew Chin, who is moving on, I would like to wish her the best as well.

Christmas time is the time that we get together with family. One of the things that makes that special—mothers and fathers, grandparents, do their bit, but it is often the mums who are the ones who bring it all together. They are the ones who often are putting together the wonderful meals and making the homes a wonderful place to be at Christmas. I wanted to firstly thank my beautiful wife and the mother of my four children, Ros, who does such an amazing job and who is such an amazing person. I would like to put on record once again how much I love her and how much I value her.

Can I also pay tribute to my own mum who, at Christmas time, is the one who cooks the turkey and the ham, who cooks countless other things so that there can be an amazing amount of gluttony at Christmas time, at Christmas lunch, dinner and all of the other meals that follow. I would like to pay tribute to my own mum, Kate, who is such an amazing person for what she does for her family, and to all the mums who make Christmas so special.

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