Maribyrnong Park Football Club

Mr PEARSON (Essendon)  —  Speaker, I too join in complimenting you on your service to this house. I know I have personally tested your patience on a number of occasions in the course of question time. I congratulate you on the way you have discharged your duties over the course of this Parliament.

I direct my adjournment matter to the Minister for Water, and the action I seek is that a meeting be convened between Melbourne Water, the City of Moonee Valley and the Maribyrnong Park Football Club, otherwise known as the Marby Lions, who play at Maribyrnong Park, to discuss options to improve the playing surface of the oval at Maribyrnong Park. I recently met with the president of the Marby Lions, Doug Stevens, who showed me the playing surface of the oval, which is in a poor state. I would welcome the opportunity to discuss what options might be available to improve the playing surface.

Finally, it would be remiss of me not to quote Marcus Aurelius. I think that Marcus Aurelius should appear in print at the very end of the 58th Parliament: ‘Perfection of character is this: to live each day as if it were your last, without frenzy, without apathy, without pretence’. I am very pleased to say that I think I and members on this side have fulfilled that obligation over the course of this Parliament.