Page 5039 - Week 13 - Wednesday, 28 November 2018

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To the Canberra Liberals, thank you for giving me the opportunity to be a member of that great party. The Liberal Party has a great tradition. We have a great history. We have got a great present and we have got an even better future.

To the management committee, John, Angela, Brad, Jimmy and Josh, Rob, Ben, Brian, Ray and Sharee and Robert and Kate; to the staff, Kay, Tamara, and Marie: thank you so much for all that you do for the Liberal cause in the ACT. Also our federal candidates—Leanne, Ed and Robert Gunning—and also of course Zed and his team, they do a great job flying the Liberal flag in the ACT.

The reality of commonwealth politics, of federal politics, is that it is so hard to have a single message that resonates across the entire country. Sometimes that means fighting uphill battles and other times it means that all the ducks line up. But they do a great job of representing the Liberal Party to thousands of Canberrans who are seeking leadership from our party.

Finally, of course, to my family—my wife, Yasmin, and our two kids, Angus and Annabel—thank you very much for the joy that you bring to my life. Very rarely am I there for dinner or bedtime but I certainly enjoy the very natural alarm clock that I have at home when Angus and Annabel come running in at about 5.30 each day. It is a real blessing to have them all in my life and I am so grateful for the tolerance that they show me in being able to live this slightly unusual life.

All 25 of us here have commitments that are not really practical and they are not really usual. But they are ones that we of course all enjoy, we all thrive on. But they do take their toll both personally and also on our families. I am very grateful for the sacrifices that we all make in order to serve the city.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

The Assembly adjourned at 6.59 pm.

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