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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 12 Hansard (19 October) . . Page.. 3852..


MR QUINLAN (continuing):

I do not even know at this point exactly how the New South Wales ombudsman has arrived at the figures. I would be reasonably certain that it is not on the basis of 100 per cent sampling but I would like to check just how thorough the sampling was—whether it stands up to a statistical chi-square test or whatever other test you want to apply to say, "Yes, that is a valid conclusion."I would be pretty confident that the New South Wales ombudsman would have abided by statistical principles like that, and it may be the case it is 35 per cent. I do not know how far out they are at this point and we will certainly take a look at that. But I think really this is not the most responsible way to do something like that.

I do not know whether you feel the need at this particular stage of your career for a little notoriety—

Mr Mulcahy: I wrote to you months ago.

MR QUINLAN: You wrote and said somebody is concerned about land value.

Mr Mulcahy: I wrote a number of letters but you were away overseas again, as always.

MR QUINLAN: I have got the correspondence here—

Mr Mulcahy: That's wonderful.

MR QUINLAN: I have got all the correspondence that we could dig out and I think the best I can gauge here is that there are two serious letters that relate to an individual valuation.

Mr Corbell: It's a veritable flood.

MR QUINLAN: Yes. I am very happy to look further. Give me a list of the letters you have written and then I will verify. But if it is inconsistent with your claims of writing to me on a regular basis and getting non-committal answers, we will come back and debate that.

MR MULCAHY: Mr Speaker, I ask a supplementary question.

Mr Hargreaves: Hundreds of people ringing your office every day.

Mr Stanhope: An avalanche of letters. We might just check the avalanche.

MR MULCAHY: The word "avalanche"is yours, by the way. Does the ACT valuation system comply with international standards for checking the accuracy of valuations against sales?

MR QUINLAN: I will take that one on notice because—

Mr Mulcahy: Oh, yeah.


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