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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 5 Hansard (25 August) . . Page.. 1240 ..

Mr Hargreaves: There is.

MR HUMPHRIES: There is not. Now I am told I am misleading the house because I am not acknowledging what is going on in this area. Mr Speaker, that is the kind of woolly logic we are getting from the Opposition. You can understand why they are moving motions like the one that came up this morning. The fact is, Mr Speaker, that the ACT did not contribute to the release by the New South Wales gaol system of that prisoner. I think it is about time members on the other side of the chamber trained their sights on the New South Wales Government - they are members of the same party as the New South Wales Government - and asked it why it released our prisoner, without any authority, supposedly on the strength of a telephone call, into freedom.

Mr Hargreaves: Was it you or the chairman? It was you or the chairman. One of you is right and one of you is wrong.

MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Hargreaves, Professor Hambly is a very reasonable man. He taught me family law at university. I think he is a very distinguished academic and a very capable chairman of our Parole Board. Why do you not go and talk to Professor Hambly and see whether he confirms that there is any contradiction between what I have said - - -

Mr Hargreaves: Because I am asking you, Mr Humphries. I am asking you.

MR HUMPHRIES: Well, I have already told you, Mr Hargreaves. I have answered your question fully and completely. I have answered your question but you obviously do not believe me.

Mr Hargreaves: No, you have not. You have ducked it. It walks like a duck and it quacks like a duck.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Mr Humphries has the floor.

MR HUMPHRIES: If you do not believe me, go and talk to Professor Hambly. I think he will clear up your doubts.

ACT Survey Office

MR OSBORNE: My question is to the Minister for Urban Services. Minister, my question is in relation to the ACT Survey Office. I have here a letter from the Chief Surveyor. It is in regard to a private company going on the list of consultants for them. The letter says that there is uncertainty regarding the future of the ACT Survey Office. Could you tell me what is happening with the Survey Office and whether or not it is true that the Government is considering selling it?

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