Page 4318 - Week 13 - Thursday, 19 November 2015

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would like to thank her for the contribution she has made over the first three years of this term. To Kate Davis, who has been the rock in my office and continues to be a great asset, a great adviser and of great assistance in all aspects of political life.

Also, I extend a welcome and a big thank you for the contribution that Paula has made in my office since joining me earlier in the year. She brings great new perspective and a depth of understanding of what it means to be part of a young family in Canberra. That perspective is always valued and treasured.

To all my supporters and all my colleagues here, the base of the party, I think that without the help and the great volunteer support that we get from members of the Liberal Party in Canberra this job would be so much more difficult. To my party colleagues, under the leadership of Jeremy and Alistair, another great year is behind us and there is a great year ahead of us as we embark on the final run towards the election.

A final thank you to all the other support staff here in the Assembly, those in OLA, Hansard, the library, the attendants, the education office. I am sure that Neil is lining me up for yet another school debate session as we speak. I also note the great work the committee secretariat does in assisting us with our inquiries.

I guess I leave the most important to last: a big thank you to my family. First of all, Christine, my wife, who continues to take on a great deal of the work of running the home while I am out embarking on the role of a member of this place and the great job she does as a mother of our daughter Sofia, who has now just clocked over two years, and is a great and exciting little person whom I cannot wait to spend more time with over the Christmas period.

I also owe a great deal of thanks to my parents for the immense amount of work that they do in supporting both Christine and me in the busy jobs that we have taken on to allow us to fulfil those roles effectively. They have taken on the role of grandparents with great gusto. All Sofia can talk about of an afternoon when I get home is, “Where is Ganny and Gamps?”


MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (6.30): Firstly, I would like to thank my family for their support throughout this year. Somewhat unusually for me, there was no new grandchild this year. However, there probably will be before the end of December, which will make 12 grandchildren in total.

I would like to thank my colleagues in the Assembly, certainly on my side and also across the chamber. I would like to make special mention of Ms Porter, who I have found to be a delight to work with, both outside the Assembly and inside the Assembly. I wish her all the very best in the future. To Mr Corbell as well, whom perhaps I have found slightly less delightful, I wish him all the best nevertheless.

To my staff—Nikkie Macey, Lucinda Bordignon, Chloe Nash and Isabella Frisan, as well as Erin Clout and Troy Reid, who left earlier this year, and more recently Olga

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