Page 5031 - Week 13 - Wednesday, 28 November 2018

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our committee work, and to help us get through the days. I would also like to thank all the public servants for the time and the work they put in to ensure that private members can introduce bills, private members can move motions, and we can debate and change laws and make Canberra better in this place every night. Madam Speaker, with Christmas around the corner, I would also like to thank all those opposite. Without them, I am not sure that we would do the work that we do. We are all here with one vision, and that is to make the Canberra we love even better.

On that note, I encourage everyone to remember to stay safe on the roads this Christmas period; to be kind to the people around them; to be kind to their neighbours; and to be kind to the people that they speak to and come across. And as someone who is not hugely a Christmas celebrator, I would like to wish those who are a very merry Christmas and a very happy end of this sitting year tomorrow. I look forward to more challenges, more fun, more motions, more banter and more work next year.


MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (6.33): As usual at this time of year, I would like to express some thankyous to my lovely family, who are very supportive, and I appreciate it very much; to my staff, who do all the hard work in the office; to my volunteers—thank you for your support; you are very wonderful—and to the Assembly staff, my colleagues, and those opposite.

As I usually say: to all of those who helped me over the past year, you know who you are; thank you so much. And to those who have not helped me, you know who you are; thanks for nothing.

Most especially I would like to thank the residents of Tuggeranong for their continued support of me. I appreciate it. I love interacting with you, and I hope there will be lots more of it to come.

As has become my custom for the Christmas speech at the end of the sitting year, I have prepared a short poem. Actually this year it is a song, a parody of a song. I hope you will take it in the fun spirit that is intended.

Ms Lee: Are you going to sing it?

MS LAWDER: I will not be singing.

Mrs Dunne: As entertaining as that would be.

MS LAWDER: I am no Julie Andrews. It is from music by Rodgers and Hammerstein; I hope that their descendants can forgive my butchering of their beloved song.

Light rail is delayed, the bus timetable hidden

Roaming fierce dogs that kill puppies and kittens

Health professionals’ lunches that sting

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