Ms FLINT (Boothby—Government Whip) (13:41): When I announced that I would retire from federal parliament at the next election, I could never have anticipated the response my decision attracted. I have been humbled and somewhat overwhelmed by the outpouring of kindness and support from my local community and from so many people from around Australia. The beautiful cards, letters, flowers, gifts, emails, phone calls, text messages and visits from locals, all with such kind messages of encouragement and support, have been incredible.
I am so proud to have represented our community since late 2015, and I am so grateful to all of those who have reached out, popped into my office or taken the time to write. Many more have added their voices and support and kind words as I've spoken about the difficult experiences I've had here during my time in federal parliament.
To all of those who have contacted me, I will be forever grateful for your incredibly kind support. As a member of parliament you sometimes forget how many very good and decent people there are in our community when you have been constantly subjected to the noisy and aggressive views of those less kind. So, today, I say a most sincere thank you to everyone who has contacted me to offer support. It has been an honour and a privilege to represent our local community in Boothby and to have served in the federal parliament over the past two terms. My sincere thanks to everyone who has offered their kindness and support along the way, but, most especially, this year.