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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 7 Hansard (20 June) . . Page.. 2177..


MR HUMPHRIES: I am not going to feed your flimsy story, the flimsy, inaccurate, mendacious story, which has been put about in this place.

Mr Berry: Oh, Mr Speaker, I think "mendacious" is on the list.

Mr Wood: I will check it. "Mendacious" was the very first word.

Mr Moore: Mr Speaker, I think Mr Berry is correct. You will need to check that. I remember Mr Whalan using "mendacious" regularly in 1989. My recollection is that it has not been ruled out.

MR SPEAKER: I can tell you, Mr Berry, that "shonky" certainly is on the list.

Mr Wood: "Mendacious" was the first word ever withdrawn in the old chamber.

MR SPEAKER: I am checking that. That is quite true. Thank you, Mr Wood. It doesn't say that you used it.

Mr Wood: It was Mr Whalan who used it and the Speaker had to go to the dictionary to find the meaning.

MR HUMPHRIES: If it is a proscribed word, Mr Speaker, I will withdraw it. If it is not I will not. The fact is that Mr Berry is seeking to run a campaign in the public arena which is false.

Mr Berry: On a point of order, Mr Speaker: this is not about me. This is about whether or not the government will issue an instruction. I want to know whether they will or not.

MR SPEAKER: There is no point of order, Mr Berry.

MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Speaker, I have already indicated with absolute crystal clarity that the government will not be authorising any sale of Williamsdale quarry.

Mr Berry: No, will you instruct-

MR HUMPHRIES: I heard your question. As far as I am concerned, that is a sufficiently clear directive to all concerned to understand what the government's intention is.

Public housing

MR OSBORNE: My question is to the minister for housing. I was approached recently by a constituent-a single mother with a disabled child-who was attempting to get an appointment with the housing department about going on the list and was told that the waiting time for an appointment was six weeks. Is that correct? If so, what are you doing about trying to fix it?

MR MOORE: I will take on notice the question about the specific time. I have to say that an urgent case involving somebody in strife is dealt with through emergency housing. If the waiting is to do with the list, there are still appropriate times for people to


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