Page 4490 - Week 14 - Thursday, 28 November 2013

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go over and above to try and get me in the right place at the right time—a challenge for anyone at the best of times. Her professional skills have grown significantly through the year and her commitment to always give her best is an asset to me and my office.

It would be remiss of me if I did not mention my wife, Christine, who is my person. I am forever grateful for her love and support in this job. It is often tough on our families, this role, and her continuing patience and understanding make it just that little bit easier.

On a slightly more festive note, I wish to pass on wishes for a merry Christmas and a happy new year to everyone here at the Assembly. I hope that the festive season is an opportunity for everyone to have a restful break, and I look forward to the challenges that 2014 will present us.


MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella) (6.23): I, too, would like to place on the record my thanks to the electors of Brindabella and also to my staff—Ellie Yates, Brett Jones and Jason. Thanks to my caucus colleagues—Katy, Simon, Andrew, Chris, Mary, Yvette and Joy—and all of their staff, to you, Madam Speaker, to members of the opposition and also to Mr Rattenbury and his staff for the amount of work I have put them through this year.

A special thanks to Chris Bourke’s staff, Jane and Chris, for helping us to formulate our extensive work on the dissenting report for the estimates committee. Thanks also to the committee office—Margie Morrison, Veronica Strkalj from the PETAMS committee, Dr Brian Lloyd from JACS, Andrew Snedden, Dr Andrea Cullen, Matt Ghirardello, Lydia Chung, Trevor Rowe from the committee office and Nicola Kosseck for all her work on the estimates committee.

Thanks to Tom and Max, along with their staff—Janice, Joanne, Anne, Michelle and the others—for all their tireless work. Thanks to Rod and Rick, along with everybody else from the attendants and facilities team and, of course, the library.

I also thank our centenary team in CMD for all their work this year on the centenary of Canberra celebrations. It has been a fantastic year for Canberra. I am pretty sure I have not left anybody out. To finish, I would like to say “Nollaig Chridheil”, which is Scottish-Gaelic for “Good wishes at Christmas time”.

Trish Keller OAM

Phillip Heath


MR COE (Ginninderra) (6.25): Madam Speaker, prior to getting to the festive greetings, there is an adjournment debate that I did not quite get to yesterday. I want to speak about a couple of principals in Ginninderra who will soon be finishing up at their respective schools and who I have had the honour to have dealings with. Trish Keller has been the principal of Giralang primary school since 2007. Prior to this she

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