Page 4485 - Week 14 - Thursday, 28 November 2013

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traffic management bills could not come out of the territorial budget. So there will be no Christmas lights, but I do remind members that there will be Christmas drinks. They are Speaker’s Christmas drinks, not end of year drinks. They are labelled as Christmas drinks. They will be in December and there will be a Christmas tree, I am told, that is 1.6 metres high. I do encourage all members and staff of this place to attend.

I want to particularly pay thanks to my own staff, to Clinton, Tio, George, Keith and Katie. I particularly want to thank Clinton for another year of extraordinary professional service. His professionalism and ability are recognised by all who have dealings with him in this place. I think he is a fine officer and I am very privileged to have him in my office.

To my family, Olivia, Tom, Julia, Bella and especially those at home, Lyle and Conor, I want to thank them for keeping me grounded and walking the dogs more often than I do.

Members, I extend to you all and to all your staff the greetings of the season. I wish you all a happy, peaceful and holy Christmas and that you come back in 2014 refreshed and in a better mood.


Motion by Mr Corbell proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.


MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Chief Minister, Minister for Regional Development, Minister for Health and Minister for Higher Education) (6.08): Well, another year draws to conclusion, and what a year it has been. This is the opportunity that we take to say thank you to a range of people, and I would like to begin by thanking the people of Canberra who allow me the privilege of serving as Chief Minister. Being Chief Minister in our centenary year in particular is something I have enjoyed immensely and cherished.

I thank the public service across the board. It is very difficult to single individuals out but, in general, the ACT is very well served by an extremely professional public service who have very significant demands placed on them, whether it be in health, in education, in administration, in corrections or in policy areas. We are very lucky that we have a dedicated workforce in the ACT, and I appreciate the work they do. To the staff here in the Assembly, another year of excellent service across the board.

I thank my colleagues here with me on this side who have provided me with the support and occasionally the advice I need to do my job properly. I see firsthand how hard each and every one of you works to ensure the government’s agenda is implemented, and I feel very lucky to serve as a member of this team.

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