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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 6 Hansard (14 May) . . Page.. 1522 ..

MR HUMPHRIES (continuing):

Sir Leslie Melville spent his last few years at the Grange at Deakin and remained mentally active. It is quite fitting that he celebrated his 100th birthday in Canberra at the Commonwealth Club, which he founded many years before. He was the kind of academic we can do with more of-an academic with a preparedness to be involved in the wider community, to make an active contribution, to be vigorous and yet principled. As a result, I think the Canberra community and, indeed Australia, has been diminished by his passing.

His family has the sympathy of the Liberal opposition.

MS DUNDAS: Mr Speaker, I rise to add condolences on behalf of the Australian Democrats on the passing of Sir Leslie Melville. Sir Leslie was certainly one of Australia's most respected economists of the between-wars and post-World War II periods. His biography highlights that governments of all persuasions came to him for advice. I note that Don Chipp, as Minister for Customs and Excise, in 1971 sought his services to determine a fair price for oil refiners to charge independent operators for Australian crude oil.

As has been mentioned, Sir Leslie Melville was the second Vice Chancellor of the ANU. Many Canberra students would recognise the name Melville Hall. That hall is often dreaded by students, who have to wait in long queues to enrol and go there to sit exams.

Sir Leslie will be remembered as a quiet man. He was both considered and pragmatic in his approach to all that he did. His legacy will continue for many years to come.

Question resolved in the affirmative, members standing in their places.

Legal Affairs-Standing Committee

Scrutiny Report No 10 of 2002

MR STEFANIAK (10.42): Mr Speaker, I present the following report:

Legal Affairs-Standing Committee (performing the duties of a Scrutiny of Bills and Subordinate Legislation Committee)-Scrutiny Report No 10, dated 14 May 2002.

I seek leave to move a motion authorising the publication of Scrutiny Report No 10.

Leave granted.


That the report be authorised for publication.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

MR STEFANIAK: I seek leave to make a brief statement.

Leave granted.

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