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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 11 Hansard (10 December) . . Page.. 3477 ..

MR MOORE (continuing):

including a very prominent involvement with ACTCOSS for some years. I am very proud to be associated with Mr Graeme Evans because he has made a major contribution to this society. There have been many times that I have disagreed with him, but nobody can take away from him his contribution. The same is true of Dr Stephen Mugford. He has made a significant contribution to the ACT community as well.

Mr Berry asked me, effectively, have I personally interfered in any way with this contract. I have not, in any way, personally interfered with the contract. When the department indicated to me that they wanted to appoint Qualitative and Quantitative Social Research and drew my attention to the fact that it included Dr Mugford, I said to them that I would not stand in their way or would not make a comment either way on whether or not they should do that. Apart from that, I have stood aside from any financial aspect of the matter. I have on two occasions spoken to Dr Mugford, once when I ran into him when I was walking to work, and I asked him how he was going with the research he was doing on Karralika and when would we see the response, and the other occasion was similar. I did that by phone at the request of somebody who had approached me and asked how would it go.

Mr Speaker, I must say I am appalled that Wayne Berry should finish the last question time with this sort of slimy, revolting personal attack on people. You have been doing it all year - - -

Mr Berry: I never mentioned their names. You are the one who mentioned names.

MR MOORE: It did not require mentioning the name. I am very proud to be associated with Dr Mugford. Ever since he was appointed, you have had this explained to you again and again, Mr Berry, and still you look for slime and innuendo. That is what you are looking for. You ought to look in a mirror over the Christmas holidays and see whether you want to conduct politics this way.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Please, this is getting well beyond question time. If you wish to make a statement, do so.

Ms Carnell: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Water Franchise

MS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, for the information of Mr Kaine, when the officer who did go overseas makes a report - he has not done so at this stage - I am more than happy to give a copy to Mr Kaine.

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