Page 4488 - Week 14 - Thursday, 28 November 2013

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Mr Corbell: I beat you the other day.

MR HANSON: Well, I was lifting heavier kettle bells, I would like to add. Although he beat me on certain running activities, I do believe I was lifting heavier kettle bells, and that may remain a matter for debate. That is my story and I am sticking to it. That is the way it is being spun.

To Tom Duncan and all of your very hardworking staff, again you have provided outstanding service to all of the members here without fear or favour, and we thank you for it.

It has been a very big year for all of us. I would like to quickly pay tribute to two former members of the place: to Zed Seselja, I congratulate him on becoming a new senator. All of us who listened to his maiden speech know we have great things ahead from our new senator. I would also like to note Gary Humphries’s long and distinguished service both as a servant of this place and also as a senator to the ACT.

To you all, merry Christmas. Take the time to spend with your families, with your loved ones. I look forward to re-engaging in combat with you all in the New Year.


MRS JONES (Molonglo) (6.18): I want to put on record my thanks to all members of the community who have entrusted me to represent them and to undertake to resolve issues affecting them as they go about their daily lives. As a proud member of the Liberal Party ACT Division, the Canberra Liberals, I want to put on record my thanks to party members for another year of service to the community that they have undertaken in their service to the party. None of us in this place would be here or be able to do the work we do in fighting for our own world view if they were not there keeping the organisation going. Thank you each from the heart. I continue to learn so much from you.

I thank my fellow MLAs for your friendship and support. I have deeply valued you each this year as the year has unfolded. I thank Jeremy for his leadership and Alistair for his capable assistance in leading the charge. I would like to thank my fantastic staff. I am very blessed to be assisted by Mrs Danielle Young’s talent, vast experience, enthusiasm and commitment to our goals and Mr Peter Hosking’s strength, energy, commitment and enthusiasm for learning. In what has been a great year for learning for all of us, I have been ably assisted and encouraged by my team.

I thank those opposite for their kindly manner, aside from the politics and the views that we each represent. I thank the attendants who work so hard in order that we can do our jobs. And as shadow minister for women and multicultural affairs, I wish to thank all the women and many enthusiastic multicultural communities and wish them a happy Christmas and a prosperous 2014. I wish the same for all in this place.

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