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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 11 Hansard (10 December) . . Page.. 3514 ..

Mr Humphries: How did he know that you wanted to know?

MR BERRY: Because the Estimates Committee report mentioned certain things. But let me get to the issue.

Mr Moore: I responded fully in both places to every question I was asked. Every question I was asked in this place I have answered fully. You just did not ask.

MR SPEAKER: Order! I am not prepared to tolerate a private squabble between Mr Moore and Mr Berry in this chamber.

MR BERRY: I have leave, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: If you wish to do it, go outside. Mr Berry, you have the call.

MR BERRY: Mr Speaker, during question time I asked a question in relation to a contract which was retrospective. I think Mr Moore's reaction to it has been more than a little too much. The fact of the matter was that a retrospective contract was brought to me by somebody who had approached Mr Moore and expressed concerns about the absence of a contract for the payment of money for the performance of services and I raised questions in relation to that. Mr Moore has still not satisfactorily answered my question in relation to that matter. There was a retrospective contract. It was between two people whom I have not named. Mr Moore has.

Mr Moore: You said "my two former colleagues".

MR SPEAKER: Order! Mr Moore, I said that I would not tolerate a scrap between two people in this chamber.

MR BERRY: This is about the expenditure of public funds, and the community is entitled to know that the contract process is fair and open.

Mr Humphries: You are a grub, Mr Berry, and you know it.

MR BERRY: Retrospective contracts draw into question the process. That is why I raised the question.

Mr Corbell: I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker. Mr Humphries called Mr Berry a grub. I think that is quite unparliamentary and you should ask him to withdraw it.

Mr Humphries: It is quite called for.

MR SPEAKER: Come on, children!

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