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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 7 Hansard (24 September) . . Page.. 2182 ..

MR MOORE: I know Mr Berry likes yes or no answers. The point I am making is that when he asked about a public servant yesterday he was looking for a yes or no answer. He asked the question. I gave an absolute, direct, categorical answer to it - no - yet, thanks to his question, we still have the public servant named in the newspaper and the proposition that Mr Berry had put up was dealt with in the - - -

Mr Berry: You spoke to the newspaper, Michael.

Mr Hird: I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker. I draw your attention to standing order 61 and ask Mr Berry to observe the standing orders and to listen to the answer to the question that he asked the Minister.

MR MOORE: The reality is that Mr Berry does not mind whom he vilifies, whom he pillories. Whether it is somebody who can reasonably defend themselves or not, he has been using privilege in this house. I have in front of me 16 examples of Mr Berry doing so. I think they are all since 1997.

Mr Berry: No, you have not.

MR MOORE: In the last couple of years.

Mr Berry: No, you have not.

MR MOORE: Yes, I do.

Mr Berry: No, you do not.

MR MOORE: Yes, I do. Mr Berry says that I do not, so I will show Mr Stanhope the 16 examples of Mr Berry dealing with people. It seems to me, Mr Speaker, that when the nurses - - -

Mr Berry: Mr Speaker, the standing orders require that the Minister at least attempt to give an answer to the question.

MR SPEAKER: No, they do not actually.

Mr Berry: Okay. If he does not want to answer the question, he might as well say, "I cannot answer it. I do not remember". I remember it plainly when he said he would not talk to the nurses.

MR MOORE: Mr Speaker, I am very conscious - - -

MR SPEAKER: Order! It would assist enormously, Mr Berry, if you stopped provoking Mr Moore.

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