Page 3461 - Week 11 - Wednesday, 23 September 2015

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Question put:

That the amendment be agreed to.

A division being called and the bells being rung—

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 6

Noes 5

Ms Berry

Mr Corbell

Mr Coe

Ms Lawder

Dr Bourke

Mr Gentleman

Mr Doszpot

Mr Wall

Ms Burch

Mr Rattenbury

Mrs Dunne

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.


Motion (by Ms Burch) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

John Brooks

MR DOSZPOT (Molonglo) (5.52): I rise tonight to bring a brief focus to the life of a much respected and widely valued contributor to the ACT sporting community. I refer to John Brooks, who lost his battle against cancer at the age of 57 on 3 June 2015.

Judith, Megan, Libby, Emily and Adam, you have been a tremendously close-knit and loving family unit, and we welcome you here tonight for this adjournment speech. It is all too easy at times like this to overlook the strength required for families to deal with long-term chronic illness. In particular, Judith, your love and care for John at difficult times, coming to terms with the uncertainty of the future, maintaining your own profession and managing a family at critical times of their lives are remarkable and something which John often spoke to many of us about.

John and Judith married in 1987 and they have been a fixture in Garran for most of their married life, with all four children attending Garran Primary School, Alfred Deakin High School and Narrabundah College. All four children were members of Garran Scout Group and played soccer at Woden valley.

John and Judith were highly committed to public education. Given that Megan has recently graduated with two degrees, Libby and Adam are currently studying at ANU and Emily is at the University of Melbourne, their commitment has been rewarded.

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