Page 4316 - Week 13 - Thursday, 19 November 2015

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JACS, Dr Brian Lloyd, and the secretary of the JACS scrutiny committee, Max Kiermaier, and Anne Shannon, Peter Bayne, Stephen Argument, and also Andrew Snedden, secretary of the education committee.

Thanks also to chamber staff: Clerk Tom Duncan, deputy Max Kiermaier, Janice Rafferty, Celeste Italiano, Joanne Cullen. I thank the attendants: Rod Campbell, Michael Sidonio, Peter Edwards, Paul Oliver, Panduka Senanayake, Brian Allan, Denis Axelby, David Chavez, Oscar Zamora, and Sonia Hemmings. And my thanks also to those in Hansard, Val Szychowska and her team, as well as the library, Jan Bordoni and colleagues, and to Ian Duckworth, Emma, Chris, Rachel, David, Rick. Thanks to Neil Baudinette, who prods and urges us all to take more interest in art and also for the great education programs and debates that Neil conducts for ACT schools.

To all our parliamentary colleagues in government and on the crossbench, I wish you all a very happy and safe Christmas. To all my constituents in Molonglo, the community councils, the inner north and the inner south, the great Yarralumla Residents Association and the general community of Molonglo, my thanks and I look forward to representing you next year.

Finally, to my family—Maureen, Adam, Amy, Nettie, Ed, Isabella, Noah, Kasia, Andrew and Harry—thank you for your support, love and understanding.


MS BERRY (Ginninderra—Minister for Housing, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Minister for Community Services, Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Minister for Women and Minister assisting the Chief Minister on Social Inclusion and Equality) (6.23): I want to begin tonight by thanking the fantastic people of west Belconnen and the electorate of Ginninderra. It has been my privilege to represent you, to chat with even more of you this year and to continue our conversation on how together we can make our community even better.

It has been a busy year. I want to thank all the people who have helped me out in some way since I have been appointed as minister. This includes all of the people who work in the Legislative Assembly: all the support staff, the attendants and especially the cleaners.

To Rick, I do appreciate your style advice and your prompt attention to maintenance and picture-hanging. To the Community Services Directorate and particularly all of the hard-working public servants who work behind the scenes, many of whom I have not met yet, I want to thank you all for the work that you do. I appreciate everything you do to keep my office working and helping me to do my job.

To all the other hard working ACT public servants, from our lawn mowers to our teachers, nurses, doctors, cleaners, childcare workers and many others, thank you for the important work you do to support the families of Canberra. To the ministerial councils and elected body, I have enjoyed working with you, learning from you, and putting your expert advice into the work that I do as minister every day.

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