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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 14 Hansard (Wednesday, 29 November 2017) . . Page.. 5310 ..


an interim effect so that the planning policies can be finalised, conditions are certain and investment can be encouraged in Woden. I would like to thank Woden residents that participated in the survey and took their time to have their say about Woden’s future. I will be using this feedback to inform my priorities in my advocacy for Woden and the regeneration of our town centre.

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank my staff for their work in my office this year: James Koval, Ethan Moody, Monique Blasiak, Tom McKernan, Sam Ward, who is on work experience, and Nick Kennedy, currently an intern in my office. I would also like to thank the secretary of the Standing Committee on Health, Ageing and Community Services, Kate Harkins, for all her work. Merry Christmas to all members and their staff in this place as well.

Valedictory

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (6.30): Christmas valedictories in November, as Mr Wall said, do not quite feel the thing, but I would like to take this opportunity to thank a few people. I will start with my family, who are an unbelievable support to me in all that I do, and who make it possible. I thank Lyle for his love, support, commitment and the home-cooked meals most nights that I do not have to prepare. To my children and their partners and my granddaughter Matilda, I thank you for your love and support as well—and Ellie the wonder dog for being a useful companion animal who makes life a little bit brighter from time to time.

In the Assembly I would like to pay particular tribute to my staff, who are all experienced members of staff of the Legislative Assembly and have been here for a long time. We are a close-knit and hardworking team. To Clinton White, Keith Old and Maria Violi, I want to say a particular thank you for your commitment to me personally and to the Liberal members and the Liberal staff; you are unflinching and unstinting in your generosity and support of those staff.

To my colleagues in the Legislative Assembly on the Liberal floor, to Alistair Coe, Nicole Lawder, Andrew Wall, Elizabeth Lee, Elizabeth Kikkert, Giulia Jones, Mark Parton and Jeremy Hanson, I thank you for your—

Mr Wall: And James Milligan.

MRS DUNNE: And James Milligan. I knew there was another one because he is not on the corridor. I was walking down the corridor! And James Milligan; because James’s office and mine have collaborated a great deal this year over important issues like the Ngunnawal Bush Healing Farm. I think that for a new member he has taken on an extraordinarily difficult issue with sensitivity and real respect for the people involved, and I congratulate him on that. To all the staff of the Liberal Party along the corridor, thank you very much for just being you, because the vibe is always good.

I thank the committee office, and particularly Dr Brian Lloyd, who is an exemplary committee secretary. I have worked with Dr Lloyd before, and now, as he is the secretary of the public accounts committee, I am pleased to be able to work with him again. I think that we make a great team.


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