Page 4315 - Week 13 - Thursday, 19 November 2015

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Thanks to Tom Duncan and all in the Clerk’s office for their support in my role as Deputy Speaker and also the education office for their support. I also thank Clinton White in Madam Speaker’s office for his support when I serve as acting Speaker. Thank you to all the staff in this place. Ian Duckworth has certainly got a lot of work on his hands with the refurbishment and the moving of various people around. There will be no Christmas rest, I believe, for Ian Duckworth. Thanks to all the attendants, the library, Hansard. I am sorry if I have missed anyone.

Our families of course will see much more of us. I thank my husband for his support during the year. I thank my children and my extended family for their patience with a busy mum, grandmother and great grandmother.

In thinking about families I thank all those who work all through this time in paid and volunteer positions in the community to support the isolated and families under stress. I think we have done some good work in relation to domestic and family violence this year, as Mr Hanson said. Sadly, the Christmas season is when family violence is often prevalent. I wish everyone here and in my electorate a safe and happy Christmas and new year.


MR DOSZPOT (Molonglo) (6.20): It seems like only yesterday that we were giving valedictory speeches in this chamber. There are many people I thank for their support during 2015, starting with my own staff: senior advisor Sue White, who apart from needing to brush up on her football tipping has been, as usual, a most valuable contributor; Claire Medway, who joined us early this year, brought additional skills and helped reduce the median age of the Doszpot office; and Bradley Clark added some much needed height and a great depth of sporting knowledge, so long as we do not mention his football tipping either. On a serious note, I thank all three of them for their hard work and initiative that has seen our office cope with an ever-increasing workload from our constituents who seek our assistance.

To all my Liberal colleagues—Jeremy, Vicki, Alistair, Brendan, Andrew, Giulia and Nicole—it has been a great year. I enjoy our interaction and the collegiate support, and I know we are all looking forward to a very exciting year in 2016.

I also thank my colleagues and many of their staff who once again supported our annual charity fundraiser, which this year was for Alzheimer’s ACT, and attracted over 500 guests. Next May we will be holding the 2016 charity fundraiser. It will be for Bosom Buddies, and I hope to see all of you there. I also thank my Assembly colleagues’ staff members: Ian Hagan, Neil, Joe, Jodie, James, Jess, Katie, Chris, Merlin, Rob, Emma, Kate, Paula, James, Clinton, Maria, Keith, Chris, Ben, Ruth, Kate, Danielle, Amber, Liam, Nikkie, Lucinda and Chloe.

As chair of the Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety and the scrutiny committee and deputy chair of the education committee, I thank all colleague MLA members on these committees for their contribution, as well as the secretary of

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