Page 39 - Week 01 - Tuesday, 13 December 2016

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helped make me who I am. I thank the team of 166 people from all ages and all walks of life who volunteered their time and their skills in a long, cold and all-too-wet campaign this year. I thank my campaign manager, chief of staff and friend, Brooke Thomas, for her regular and at times relentless efforts to keep me working, and working to task.

Of course, I thank my family—Lyndelle; Joel, who graduates this afternoon from the ANU; and Justine—whose support and encouragement have been the foundation for me throughout our wonderful years together, including this year, a year of profound and at times particularly difficult change for each of us individually and as a family. I have no doubt that in years to come we will look back and mention 2016 with a wry smile and a sigh.

Madam Speaker, as I close today, I recall that throughout this year and for years before then I have regularly repeated three simple ideas: we are a strong society when everyone belongs, when everyone is valued and when everyone participates. The degree to which I can assist us as a city in moving towards the full achievement of those ideals is the measure by which I hope to be judged. Thank you.


MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Mr Steel): I would like to acknowledge the presence of the member for Fenner, the Hon Dr Andrew Leigh MP.



Motion (by Mr Gentleman), by leave, agreed to:


(1) The following general purpose standing committees be established and each committee inquire into and report on matters referred to it by the Assembly or matters that are considered by the committee to be of concern to the community:

(a) a Standing Committee on Education, Employment and Youth Affairs to examine matters related to early childhood education and care, primary, secondary, post secondary and tertiary education, non-government education; industrial relations and work safety; and youth services;

(b) a Standing Committee on Health, Ageing and Community Services to examine matters related to hospitals, community and public health, mental health, health promotion and disease prevention, disability matters, drug and substance misuse, targeted health programs and community services, including services for older persons and women, families, housing, poverty, and multicultural and indigenous affairs;

(c) a Standing Committee on Environment and Transport and City Services to examine matters related to city and transport services, public infrastructure, heritage, and sport and recreation and matters related to all

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