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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 12 Hansard (Tuesday, 24 October 2017) . . Page.. 4195 ..

serious attention. I commend and thank Mr Eastaway for bringing this petition to the Assembly to raise an issue that impacts many residents in Canberra’s inner south.

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee

Scrutiny report 10

MRS JONES (Murrumbidgee) (10.07): I present the following report:

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee (Legislative Scrutiny Role)—Scrutiny Report 10, dated 17 October 2017, together with the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I seek leave to make a brief statement.

Leave granted.

MRS JONES: Scrutiny report 10 contains the committee’s comments on 10 bills, 30 pieces of subordinate legislation, one national law and two government responses. The report was circulated to members when the Assembly was not sitting. I commend the report to the Assembly.

Leave of absence

Motion (by Mr Gentleman) agreed to:

That leave of absence be granted to Mr Milligan and Mr Pettersson for this sitting week to attend the CPA Regional Conference, and to Mrs Kikkert for today’s sitting for family reasons.


MR DOSZPOT (Kurrajong) (10.07), by leave: I rise today to deliver a speech I wish I did not have to give. It was obviously not part of my plans, but as one of my favourite singer-songwriters, John Lennon, wrote, life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans.

I was privileged to be elected into this Assembly in 2008 and have very much enjoyed the honour of serving our community over the ensuing nine years. At the beginning of this year I informed the Assembly of my sudden change in health and indicated that I would have to monitor my capacity to do so. It is with great regret, therefore, that on the advice of my medical team I give notice to tender my resignation to the Speaker of this Assembly on 5 December—it will be effective on that date—as I have terminal liver cancer.

I thank my medical team, Associate Professor Simone Strasser, Dr Jenny Ross, Dr Michael Corbett and Jane Plaice, for their ongoing support, encouragement and medical care, which has greatly assisted my journey with my illness and faith while facing the reality of a grim prognosis with just a glimmer of hope. Around a month ago, Maureen, our children and I were left with just reality.

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