Page 4910 - Week 13 - Tuesday, 27 November 2018

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For Mrs Kikkert, she gets chocolate and, of course, world peace. Ms Lawder will have well behaved dogs that never run away and always resist their doggy instincts. Ms Le Couteur will have more time to write housing policy and tax policy. Ms Lee is well known for her Zumba classes. I think she needs a change of pace. For her this year, it is Feldenkrais classes.

Mr Milligan is a great car collector; so he is going to get a collector’s edition Matchbox Porsche. I thought about this for a while, but it is perfectly obvious what Ms Orr needs. She needs some Peking duck, because we all know who should have been the ACT mammal emblem. Mr Parton will get a new selfie stick so he can get some long distance shots in those videos.

For Mr Pettersson, this is actually not a cheap one. He will get a round-the-world trip to take in dope dens and coffee shops from Oregon to Amsterdam. Mr Ramsay, on the other hand, gets to stay home and visit a cross-section of ACT clubs, not including the Labor Club or the Tradies. Mr Rattenbury has any low emission, low cost jaunt that he would like. Mr Steel, I think needs relaxation therapy; and Ms Stephen-Smith, like her colleague, will get life membership to the CFMMEU. And for Mr Wall, a life membership of—well, no, actually you do not. Mr Wall gets to kick back and wet a line.

I would like to say a particular thank you to my staff, Clinton, Keith and Maria, who are augmented from time to time by Deb. They combine to make a cool, calm, collected, question writing, FOI writing, press release writing machine. I thank them for that. And I, Madam Speaker, will spend my time down the coast, perhaps taking in a bit of fish and chips at Tuross Head. That is all one needs for Christmas. I wish you all a merry Christmas, a safe Christmas and a safe return in 2019.


MR RAMSAY (Ginninderra—Attorney-General, Minister for the Arts and Cultural Events, Minister for Building Quality Improvement, Minister for Business and Regulatory Services and Minister for Seniors and Veterans) (6.46): Madam Speaker, several years back I was, willingly, recruited into a community choir. The song drew on the suggestions from Canberra children to respond to the question: where do playgrounds come from? The song was written by the wonderful Canberra duet The Cashews. It seemed as if there was some mystery about the source of playgrounds, as the children suggested that some of the questions that needed to be pondered were: “Do they come from the sea? Do they float down the Murrumbidgee? Do they come from the sky floating down for a whale of a time?”

2018 has, indeed, been a diverse and energetic year. There have been, as always, many highlights across each of the portfolio areas. Just as The Cashews asked the children about playgrounds, it is appropriate to consider at this time of the year: where does all this come from?

Madam Speaker, the results come from my staffing team: from Brooke, David, Michael and Sharyn. They come from my wonderful outgoing media adviser Alex and

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