Page 4911 - Week 13 - Tuesday, 27 November 2018

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they already come from Anton, who has joined the team this week. Each of them has truly gone above and beyond this year.

The results come from the volunteers, the interns and the work experience students who have joined the team briefly, but very importantly. To Fred, Alissa, Adol, Flynn, Annika, Nikita and Hannah, I have learnt from each of you. Madam Speaker, the results have come from the DLOs, with my specific thanks going to Gregory, Kev, Kylie and Kim who, along with Steph and Heidi, have added depth, character, efficiency and humour in what is always a very busy office.

The results have very clearly come from the public service: the team at JACS, Access Canberra, artsACT, EventsACT, the CFC, the Office for Seniors and Veterans in CSD, CMTEDD and now, from August on, I am pleased to be one of the many ministers working with EPSDD. They have each brought insight, creativity, stability, commitment and clear guidance. Canberra is undoubtedly a better place because of the hard work of our public servants.

Madam Speaker, as with The Cashews song, suggestions for the mysterious source of inspiration continue. For me, the inspiration has come from our advisory councils: veterans, ageing, law reform and now the incoming Minister’s Creative Council. The people on these councils provide a vital and unique role in advising me, in advising government and in ensuring that we remain connected with the broader community.

The Cashews also suggested that there was boundless opportunity to make some friends, to build some fun and to give to our community. That is manifestly the case with my colleagues in cabinet, in caucus and in the chamber. We do seek to give to our community and we have the privilege of building it together. And sometimes we even have fun.

Of course, Madam Speaker, I continue to be in debt to the people of Ginninderra. I have a very generous team of volunteers who continue to contribute their time, their skills and their expertise to my work. I thank the people of Ginninderra for their regular contact, for their guidance and for their support.

Of course, any success in any way that I do have in this role arises from the mysterious support of my family. To Lyndelle, Joel Alana, Justine and JJ, the unfortunate reality is that I have probably seen less of you in 2018 than in 2017, but you have all remained solidly there for me, including in times that have been more difficult than others may have known.

Madam Speaker, The Cashews suggested that there were many possibilities for the sources of playgrounds, but Pete and Alison concluded that playgrounds come from you, and you, and you. That is the same conclusion that I have come to with the work that I have had the privilege to be part of this year.

To all those people that I have mentioned, and to a great many more, I affirm that any success has come from you, and you, and you. Now, hopefully, with around 48 hours to go in this sitting period, we approach the times of Hanukkah, of Bodhi, of Mawlid, of Yule, of Christmas, of Hogmanay and many of other festivals and celebrations.

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