Page 4498 - Week 14 - Thursday, 28 November 2013

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There was experience of decades from Brendan Smyth

Who knows that a budget surplus is a myth,

Mrs Dunne as the Speaker, plus Mr Wall

Mrs Jones and myself making up us all.

They were warm and welcoming as I replaced Zed

And celebrated when the Libs won at the fed.

A wink of their eye and a nod of their head

Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.

We spoke a few words and went straight to work

And, using up question time, sort out the murk.

Still seeking the ultimate questions to find

The secrets the government is hiding behind.

While I am wistful for a more gentle approach

To each other in the chamber, I bear no reproach.

So in spite of the insults and slurs that we make

Merry Christmas to all, have a happy, safe break.


MS PORTER (Ginninderra) (6.47): Whilst I do write poetry, I have not got any tonight, you will be glad to know. We have had a really long day today; we have had many long weeks in this place, a fairly intense environment. Everyone is very anxious to get home this evening and out of this intense environment, so I will not speak for very long.

I would like to just say a big thankyou to all in this place. Special thanks to my staff—to my new staff member Zara, who joined me this year after Jack finished his cadetship; to my long-suffering Mirinie , who most of you know as Charles; to Tim; and to the volunteer, Onyii, who joined us this year to help me with some research on the voluntary euthanasia matter.

To my Chief Minister whose support I value so much and to all my colleagues—each one of you has given me so much support and I thank you all and your staff. To Mr Rattenbury—thank you for all those letters that you reply to all the time. There are many of them, as you know. To those opposite—thank you very much for your support during my recent ill health event. My colleagues here all supported me; you did also, and I want to thank you for that.

Thank you to everyone that runs this place—Tom, Max and everyone; and you, Madam Speaker—and keeps us all in order, and to those who look after our daily needs, to those who assist us in corporate, in committees, in the library, in Hansard and in IT. And a special thankyou to Neal for when he attends to my quick requests for assistance from the education office from time to time.

I would also like to thank everyone in my electorate for being so loyal in your continuing faith in me, for entrusting me with the matters that concern you. I would like to thank each and every one of you. I hope that you all have a safe and good

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