Page 4317 - Week 13 - Thursday, 19 November 2015

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To the team in my office, Jarryd, Lisa, Steve and Kate, our DLO: thank you, thank you, thank you for all the amazing work that you do. I am so grateful that you are part of my team. I especially want to thank you for making the move from UHT to fresh milk. I would also like to thank Scott and Katrina, who started the year with me as my advisers when I first was appointed as minister. I want to thank them for their support in smoothing what is usually a pretty rough time learning the ropes as a new minister in the ACT Assembly.

To my ministerial colleagues and members of the Labor Party here in the Assembly, thank you all for your support. Thank you, Chief Minister, for having faith in me and appointing me as a minister. Thank you to the members of the Labor Party and the broader union movement. I thank you for your continued support as well. I would also like to acknowledge Shane and the Greens office as well for the work that they have been doing in supporting the ACT government.

I would also like to thank and acknowledge my family, especially my children, for your patience for the numerous times that I am a little bit uncool, when I forget dates and get the times wrong, and drop the ball for birthdays and play dates. I have just had a phone call tonight: I have forgotten to pick somebody up; so there I go again. Thanks to my dog Cassie for keeping me active, to Orange and Wendy our chooks; and RIP to Rosie, one of our backyard chooks whom we lost earlier this year.

I would also like to acknowledge Mary Porter for her support while I was on the backbench but also as a minister. It has been great to work here alongside you. I am looking forward to hearing about your adventures when you do retire. I am sure they will be amazing. I am sure you will not stop working hard. I convey my thanks as well to Simon Corbell for his support and mentoring to a new member of the executive.

In this vein, I guess I wanted to invite all members to consider spending time with organisations who support people who might not get the chance to celebrate at this time of year and to make a donation to organisations, refuges or support services that are going to give people a hand up at what can be a very difficult time.

I will be helping out at Uniting Care. If you have not purchased your festive cards yet for this season, I can highly recommend ACT Rescue & Foster Christmas cards. I want to wish everyone and their families a safe and happy end of year celebration, especially to all the workers and volunteers who will spend time away from their families over this festive season. I hope that you are properly compensated and get to enjoy some time to celebrate as well. All the best!


MR WALL (Brindabella) (6.27): I would like to start by thanking all the good people of the electorate of Brindabella who have afforded me the privilege to continue representing them in this Assembly. It is for them that I do everything I do each day.

I turn to the people that support me in my office: firstly, Katy, who left my office to move on to greener pastures in Mr Hanson’s office at the beginning of this year. I

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