Valedictories

The Hon. D.W. RIDGWAY (Leader of the Opposition) (18:02): I rise on behalf of the opposition, although some of our members are not here, to wish you all well at the end of this year and the end of the four-year term that we have had. I particularly thank the team of the Liberal opposition for their support of each other and the way we have conducted ourselves. I would like to thank all of them for their support of me but also of each other. We work well as a team and various members of the team take responsibilities for various bits of legislation. I would like to thank them and all of our staff behind the scenes who support us all.

I never like to count my chickens, and I would not dream of it, but I just relayed a story from a former minister in the Queensland government who went into opposition. They said to me, 'It is outrageous. We have to answer our own phones now and we do not have any staff.' I wish that upon you all at some point hopefully in the future. To the other members in the chamber, the government and the crossbenchers, I wish you all well. Most of the time we have a good relationship, sometimes I lose my sense of humour but usually I get it back again. Over a period of time it comes back. Thank you and all of your staff who we interact with who are important.

I thank the retiring members, the Hon. Gail Gago and the Hon. John Gazzola, who were both elected at the same time I was elected. We were all sworn into parliament on that day and, while I do hope that there is a brighter future for the team on this side of the chamber, I am a little envious of the fact that you are now going off to do something else. The Hon. Mark Goldsworthy, Isobel Redmond and others in the other chamber that were elected at the same time are retiring too and you can see that big smile on their face and the burden lifted off them. I sort of think maybe I am a little bit envious of that.

Also, to the Hon. Peter Malinauskas, only here for a short time, I hope he finds a very long and dreary time in opposition in the seat of Croydon. Also, I do want to make a mention of Gerry Kandelaars too. I had caught up with the fact that his wife has done particularly well since the transplant. I think that is wonderful news, because certainly she was here when he left and was at that time in a pretty desperate state. I am really pleased that she has made a wonderful recovery.

Also, as the Leader of the Government said, elections are a strange time and we are sort of in uncharted waters a little, as always. For anybody that is not fortunate enough to be returned—I think everybody here is seeking re-election; there is obviously nobody else retiring—whatever comes, I wish all of you all the very best in your endeavours in the election.

I would like to thank all the staff we have here—obviously Jan and Chris, and the other table staff, Guy and Leslie, and then all of the other staff here—Mario, Todd, Anthony, Karen—everybody here that makes this place work well, I really appreciate it.

Mr President, to you as well, thank you for your mostly good service and good humour. We probably have at times been a little harsh on you and you have bounced back, notwithstanding the fact that you tried to kick somebody out and the chamber did not support you, that was a little unusual. You only ever tried that once and it did not work. We were all pretty comfortable; we knew that you wouldn't kick us out, or weren't able to kick us out. Anyway, thank you for your service and what you have done.

I would also like to thank all the other people in the building: the building services people, the catering people, Hansard, parliamentary counsel, the Blue Room and PNSG—everybody that looks after us. As the Hon. John Gazzola made mention, some of us are fortunate enough to have chauffeurs. They are fantastic people to have to get you from point A to point B and they work some particularly incredibly long hours.

I could not go through this speech without talking about the head of the library, Mr John Weste, and that spectacular pink outfit that he had on a few weeks ago. I thought that was one of the best bits of apparel I have seen on a man in his place for a very long time. I would be game to wear the jacket but not the whole outfit. I do thank him and the library staff for all of their services.

With those few words, I wish you all the very best. Whatever happens in the next 108 or 109 days, I think it is—we will know in about 109 days' time whatever the South Australian people have served up for us, and, whatever the result is, I am sure those of us who are coming back will enjoy our next four years of service, and I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

The Hon. M.C. PARNELL (18:07): I rise to briefly add my support to the motion. The Hon. Kyam Maher I think did a pretty comprehensive job in naming all of those who we need to thank at this time of the year. He went through the chamber staff, kitchens, library, Hansard, and PNSG, and I echo those thanks. Without these people we could not do our jobs properly, so on behalf of the Greens, I thank you.

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