Page 5189 - Week 14 - Tuesday, 28 November 2017

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committee, Bec Cody, Elizabeth Lee and Chris Steel. I thank you for your good grace in our discussions.

I also thank the team at HR and the Clerk’s office, Max in particular. Max Kiermaier, our Deputy Clerk and Serjeant-at-Arms will be retiring soon. We will miss your friendly face and we thank you very much for your many years of absolute solid service. I thank Janice and her team in chamber support; Jan and the team over at the library; and Pattie, Meryl and Devika at Hansard.

Most importantly, I would like to thank my great family. To my loving husband Bernard who always puts me ahead of his own happiness, my beautiful daughter Nicolina, my caring boys Felix, Leo, Ambrose and Maximus, without your love and support I would not be able to do what I do.

Thanks to all of the Canberra Liberals who are continuing to work hard to keep this government accountable. I especially want to thank my office staff, and past staff where life has moved on: Adam, Josh and Nathan. I thank Danielle who has also assisted over a range of policy and portfolio and community engagement areas this year. And I especially thank Liam: great, capable Liam. You are a young man working well beyond your years. You are totally dependable, and I thank you for standing by me this year.

Jeremy did a sterling job last term as leader, and Alistair is continuing this hard work this term. I thank Alistair for his leadership and Nicole, Vicki, Elizabeth Lee, Kikko, Andrew, Mark, Jeremy and James for their tenacity. We are continuing to improve each day as a team. And to Steve, who without a doubt is listening in, one of the most dedicated Liberals we have ever seen, you will be sorely missed. I sincerely hope that as you look down on the work we do here in this place and across Canberra you will be proud.

I am looking forward to what 2018 will bring. I plan to build on the hard work I and my colleagues have undertaken this year so that we can continue to represent the people of Canberra: those who voted for us and those who did not vote for us.

Mrs Jeanette Cody

MS CODY (Murrumbidgee) (6.58): Well, Madam Speaker, what a year it has been. It has been a year of triumphs and tribulations, my first full year as a member of this great place and a year in which my parents finally made the decision to retire and head to the sunny shores of Queensland. I am sure many members of this place will miss Tim's contribution to the public life of the territory. But this speech is not about him or me or what this place has achieved this year; this speech is about my mum.

As I have mentioned in this place on many occasions, I was raised here in Canberra, in Kambah as a matter of fact. And it was in Canberra that my mum made the decision to expand her education by attending the then CCAE, or Canberra College of Advanced Education, for those who may not remember what is now known as the University of Canberra.

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