Aug 27, 2020

BUSINESS – Leave of Absence – Thursday, 27 August 2020

Mr ALBANESE (GrayndlerLeader of the Opposition) (15:21): I rise on behalf of the Australian Labor Party to say best wishes to Alicia and Anika. It’s fantastic. Alicia, the member for Canberra, has continued to work—she’s due in just three weeks—and has continued to be a fantastic contributor to this chamber. We wish her well. The member for Lilley has gone beyond what is reasonable for a member of parliament and is expanding the number of Labor voters by two, and that is a very good thing. We wish the member for Lilley and the member for Canberra all the best. We hope that—


Government members interjecting


Mr ALBANESE: You might actually try and be a little bit generous in spirit on this. The fact is that we certainly wish them well with the challenge ahead. They will continue to serve their constituencies in Brisbane and here in Canberra respectively, but we will miss them in parliament. We look forward to their return with three little ones between them.