Page 4204 - Week 12 - Tuesday, 24 October 2017

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I also want to put on the record the thanks of James Milligan and Elizabeth Kikkert, who are unable to be here today. I know they both very much appreciate the contribution that Steve has made over the last year especially in mentoring them. Elizabeth Kikkert passed on that she has always admired Steve Doszpot’s commitment to our community:

His tireless dedication to his work has been of great significance, earning the trust and admiration of so many people in his electorate and across the territory, including me.

As a newly elected MLA, I found Steve to be very warm and welcoming. He has a kind and generous heart and has been willing to offer advice, encouragement and assistance freely.

Steve, thank you for your service to the Assembly, thank you for your service to the Canberra Liberals and thank you for your service to the city. Our city is a better place because of your service. It has been an honour to have served alongside you and I am so grateful for your loyalty, your friendship and all that you have taught me. Steve, on behalf of the Canberra Liberals, thank you.

MS LE COUTEUR (Murrumbidgee) (10.45), by leave: On behalf of the ACT Greens, I join my Assembly colleagues in thanking Mr Doszpot for his contributions during nine years of the ACT Legislative Assembly. As a fellow member of the class of 2008, I thank you and I will miss your contributions.

As noted by others, Mr Doszpot was, and I am sure still is, dedicated to representing his constituents, firstly in Brindabella, when he was first elected in 2008, then in Molonglo during the Eighth Assembly and now in Kurrajong. I am surprised that no-one has mentioned, as far as I know, that Mr Doszpot is the only MLA in this place who has ever represented three different electorates for three different Assemblies in a row. I suspect that this is an honour that will probably never be equalled in this Assembly.

Mr Doszpot’s personal story and some of his passions are well known. They have been well spoken about today, so I will not go through all of those again, but I certainly do recall your maiden speech, Mr Doszpot, back in 2008. You told us the incredible story of your move to Australia from Hungary. My trip here was a lot easier.

Your love of football, or soccer, is also well known, as a player, as an avid supporter and through your involvement in the Olympic soccer tournament in the year 2000. Mr Doszpot’s passion is not just for the elite game but for the grassroots. I know that Mr Doszpot over the years has been seen everywhere around Canberra regularly at a range of community and junior matches. He has been a spectator to satisfy his love of the game and to support players, the community and the game in all its forms.

Mr Doszpot brought that passion to the Assembly in many practical ways, doggedly chasing up the issue of field safety and expressing his concern about whether using diesel fuel for line markings was in fact the best option. Mr Rattenbury told me that,

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