Page 5495 - Week 14 - Thursday, 30 November 2017

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shoulder to cry on, to reassure families and to give advice about where to go next. If this were not enough, K has a child with a disability for whom she is carer, and she volunteers for the multicultural community. She has a resilience that cannot be matched.

It would not be a proper end of the year adjournment without an Oscar-worthy list of thankyous. First, thank you to the people of Kurrajong for placing your faith in me and for trusting me as your local member to be your voice in the Assembly.

Thank you to all the staff at the Assembly for making our jobs easier every day, and thank you, Max. We did not get a chance to work very long together but I will always remember fondly our adventures in getting through security at Parliament House to give evidence before that Senate inquiry on billboards. Best wishes in retirement.

Thank you to my team of Sue, Josh, David, Anton and Dan. I could not ask for a better team to be on this crazy journey with. They really do go above and beyond their duty, and I am always grateful for their support. Indeed, thank you to all the staff in all the MLAs’ offices, because I know just how hard they work.

To all my colleagues across the chamber, on the crossbench and of course in my own party room: Alistair, Nicole, Andrew, Vicki, Jeremy, Giulia, James, Elizabeth and Mark—and I know that Steve is watching down today and we will get a chance to say a proper goodbye to him tomorrow—I look forward to continuing to work with you in 2018. Madam Speaker, thank you for your guidance in my role as Assistant Speaker.

Finally, a great big thank you to my partner, Nathan, and also my parents, John and Cecilia, who definitely take on the brunt of my crazy life. I thank you for your love and support. Happy Christmas to everybody.


MS FITZHARRIS (Yerrabi—Minister for Health and Wellbeing, Minister for Transport and City Services and Minister for Higher Education, Training and Research) (7.06): Another year has come to an end. Some days it is a bit hard to take a breath and reflect on what has happened this year, what we have collectively achieved and particularly who we have lost. First, I pay tribute to the loss of former and current members of the Assembly: Jayson Hinder, Val Jeffery and Steve Doszpot. May they all rest in peace.

On a different note, there have been a couple of babies born to staff in the building this year. I look forward to hearing great news from your office, Madam Speaker. How you might manage to have two babies born at the same time is quite remarkable.

As ministers, we have the privilege of being able to update the Assembly often on our achievements, as well as being the subject of questions in here and in committees. For me there have been many highlights. I would just like to mention a few today.

The work that we have done to inform our new approach to preventative health is something that I am very proud of. It has been informed through multiple

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