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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 14 Hansard (10 December) . . Page.. 5196..


MR QUINLAN: I would like the house to understand, and Mrs Cross to understand, that I was referring to Mr Michael Moore when I used the term "seething antipathy". To give a little background, the legislation did so remind me of Michael Moore and his approach.

MR CORBELL (Minister for Health and Minister for Planning): Mr Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation.

MR SPEAKER: Proceed, Mr Corbell.

MR CORBELL: In the debate the Assembly has just voted on, Mrs Cross made an assertion that a member of my staff had made a loan to the ACT Greens. Having checked the record, I can confirm that a former departmental liaison officer employed in my office when I was Minister for Education, Youth and Family Services has declared a loan made to the ACT Greens. Mr Speaker, this person is a member of the ACT public service who was located in my office for the period that I was Minister for Education, Youth and Family Services as an officer of the Department of Education, Youth and Family Services. Mrs Cross' assertion that this person was employed by me is incorrect and I think that she should apologise to the public servant involved.

Adjournment

Motion (by Mr Wood ) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Death of Arthur John West

MS MacDONALD (10.59): I rise tonight to pay tribute to Arthur John West, a wonderful man who passed away on Friday, 28 November. Arthur and his wife, Marjorie, are better known to me as Pop and Grandma West, my adoptive grandparents. My own grandparents have been deceased for a long time and I never really knew either of my grandfathers, one having died before my parents met and the other when I was three. Arthur and Marjorie are the grandparents of my very dear friend Jane Wannell, who is more like a sister, and they adopted me as an additional grandchild.

Pop West was born in Cooper Street, Maroubra on 13 June 1926. He attended Daceyville Primary School and then Cleveland Street High School, where he obtained his leaving certificate. Pop then moved to Panania in Sydney's south-west, where he met Grandma West, the love of his life. He and Grandma West spent their whole life, on and off, in the Padstow area.

Pop signed up with the navy in 1942 and served on the HMAS Swan in the Pacific and Papua New Guinea. As he contracted malaria, he completed his service at Rushcutters Bay in Sydney. Pop married Marge-or Grandma, as I know her-in 1945 and together they raised their three daughters, Marilyn, Jill and Leslie, and their son, Arthur Junior. Tragically, Arthur died before reaching his 21st birthday.

Pop was an analytical chemist, first for a pharmaceutical company and then on the Snowy scheme. While working here, Pop decided his interests lay elsewhere and trained


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