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Rod Carnegie on 12 November, 2020 at 7:00pm

A great friend for over 60 years. Unfortunately, he barracked for the wrong team! But other than that, we had few disagreements. Australia will miss his wise counsel. But the country has been lucky for his life. Thank you, Felicity, for the support you always gave him.

Dee Moloney ( Nee McKeown) on 11 November, 2020 at 7:45pm

There are a few people in one’s childhood who inspire compelling memories and you are one in my life Des. There was an intensity about you that could be shattered in a second with your wonderful laugh. With Felicity at your side, many a conversation/ discussion/ debate was had whilst freezing in our bathers at Lilli Pilli. Your service today was a wonderful tribute by your family and friends, Rest In Peace and love to Felicity, Richard, Lisa and Tim.

Genevieve Cook on 11 November, 2020 at 5:48pm

What a lovely celebration today of a man's life and vital force you gave, Richard, Richard and Lisa. It was very moving, and inspiring. Des must have really liked it. Very much love to you Felicity, Richard, Lisa and Tim

Greg Taylor on 11 November, 2020 at 1:19pm

There were no half measures for Des, and that wasn’t only on the intellectual level. I will never forget, when visiting Lilli Pilli, the compulsory twice- daily swim in the freezing sea.
I had the good fortune to work for Des for a number of years, in times of great controversy over many elements of the economic system. His analysis was challenging and inspiring.
- such as, for example, over the struggle played out at the OECD in the late 1970s over early retirement or real wage adjustment as the solution to the ‘permanent’ loss of jobs. Des’s instructions were always bracingly clear, uncompromising and convincing.
I have always admired Des as a warrior for what he believed in. But, more than that, Beatrice and I remember him as a generous, true friend.

Zsuzsi Soboslay, Ruby Soboslay Moore on 11 November, 2020 at 12:54pm

We have been watching, and in tears. Thank you for a beautiful ceremony, sending hugs through the ether. Rest in peace, dear Des.

Mimir Soboslay Moore on 11 November, 2020 at 12:53pm

Sending so much love to the family, wishing i could be there to hug all of you.

Marlon A. on 11 November, 2020 at 12:00pm

Condolence to Felicity and the whole family. We are thinking of you Felicity during this difficult time.

Rest in Peace Des...

Martin J M Cowling & Chanapat C Maneedul on 11 November, 2020 at 11:55am

I only knew Cousin Des for such a short time. A man with an incredible mind, forceful personality and sheer dynamism.
I wish I had had the time to know you more Des. Our thoughts and love to Felicity, Richard, Tim and Lisa.

Penelope McKeown on 11 November, 2020 at 10:35am

A halo of wiry hair and minimal bathers
The ritual swims before breakfast and lunch
That wry smile and hearty laugh
His presence will be missed

Helen Lo & Lo Hui-min on 11 November, 2020 at 10:09am

How Lo and I treasured time with you and Des, Felicity, in Canberra, Hampstead, Lilli Pilli. Lives have passed - first Lo, now Des - but memories of our ever so happy times together will endure. We send you all our tender love ~ Helen, Hsiao, Didi and Ping.

Helen Lo & Lo Hui-Min on 11 November, 2020 at 10:07am

How Lo and I treasured time with you and Des, Felicity, in Canberra, Hampstead, Lilli Pilli. Lives have passed - first Lo, now Des - but memories of our ever so happy times together will endure. We send you all our tender love ~ Helen, Hsiao, Didi and Ping.

Emma Pearse on 11 November, 2020 at 8:40am

From afar, I don't imagine Des has gone from this world. I might even feel him closer. He came into my life later than most grandfathers and he was and continues to be inspiring, loving, warm, energising and intriguing. I think of him in his home, wearing his soft and handsome red sweater, sharing stories and analysis, buttering his bread and holding toasts, always surrounded by family and friends. What a social and dynamic creature - I feel lucky to share some DNA with Des. Sending love to all today especially.

Michael Asten on 10 November, 2020 at 9:31pm

I have received many a commentary from Des Moore over many years.

I have on several occasions been a guest of Des and Felicity in their home at functions arranged to give opportunity to meet and learn from erudite persons with a conservative point of view and analysis to share.

I am thankful for Des's contributions to Australia over many decades, and I extend my condolences to his wife Felicity and family.

Michael Asten
Monash University

James St John on 10 November, 2020 at 8:59pm

Uncle Des – a lively character who always brought life to the party and made us laugh. We will miss you. And our thoughts are with Felicity, Richard, Lisa, and Tim.
With love, from James, Jenny, Erik and Zoe in Gold Coast QLD

Jonathan McKeown on 10 November, 2020 at 5:23pm

Des possessed a Sahara dry humour that kept us all on our toes and alert for disguised messages. This crisp and disarming dry humour must have fuelled Des through the challenges of formulating economic and monetary policy at the highest levels of Government and private sector think tanks. He reveled in intellectual controversy, the importance and relevance of politics in a sometimes apathetic Australia. He freely shared his well informed global perspective and steely conviction about his own views on a broad range of public policy matters.
He was the conservative looking supporter, in a striped shirt, at countless art exhibitions, drama performances, and musical recitals that remain the staple of the Moore Family. In all these theatres of culture Des was quick to observe and process and quicker still to stir the pot of the avant-garde with his hall marked logic and wit.
But it was the private human side of Des that endeared him to those who grew up in the dappled sunshine of his long and happy marriage to Felicity. He was warm, quick to laugh, and he had a genuine interest in the endevours of family friends. He loved his Australian wines with his well charcoaled offerings from the barbecue under the tall gums of Lilli Pilli. He read ferociously over the summers and danced to the music of The Animals with passion (sans style) on the concrete floor of the beach house garage. But above all else he adored Felicity, Richard, Lisa, and Tim. He was the tectonic plate upon which they were all licensed to thrive.
We shall miss you Des.

Bina and the Browns on 10 November, 2020 at 4:01pm

Thinking of Felicity, Richard, Lisa and many memories!

Bob Officer on 10 November, 2020 at 10:29am

Des will be greatly missed. The words that come to mind when I think of him: courageous, analytical, and great company.

John Smeed and Case Smit on 9 November, 2020 at 8:48pm

We would like to put on the record the great service Des Moore gave to the battle against unfounded climate alarmism; he sponsored a Petition to Federal Parliament requesting an inquiry, wrote numerous letters to the print media and hosted gatherings to greet Lord Christopher Monckton and Dr. Patrick Moore.
As a movement, we are most grateful for the invaluable support that Des gave to the continuing battle to convince governments that a changing climate is simply a natural phenomenon.
John Smeed and Case Smit,
on behalf of the Galileo Movement

Elly McDonald on 9 November, 2020 at 6:51pm

Des Moore was one of my father Angus McDonald's dearest friends, from school throughout their lives. Along with Henry Von Bibra, John Hunt and Lawrie Kellam, Des was one of my dad's "Boh" boys - the friends who, when they met, addressed each other heartily as "BOH!" Sadly, Des was the last of the Boh boys. On behalf of my mother Elizabeth and my sister Cathy, I offer a few personal memories, personal moments, of Des as I knew him. Firstly, I will always remember a dinner at the McDonald house just after one Christmas in the mid-70s. Des was senior in the Treasury at that time, and I think he was quite stressed. That night, he was in a party mood. I remember my dad quietly saying how happy he was that his friend Des felt able to relax in our home and leave his work concerns behind for an evening. A few years later, Des invited my father, who'd taken early retirement from a corporate career, to do some project work with him. Dad loved working with Des. Around that time I visited the Moore family at their Canberra home. I was wearing a vintage jacket of my mother's and as I entered the sitting room, Des, sitting in a big winged armchair, had his back to me. He turned, saw me; his face went white as a sheet. I doubt I've ever thrown someone so evidently. "Liz!" Des squeaked, mistaking me for my mother. Almost exactly six years ago, Des and Felicity travelled all the way to the McDonald seaside home to attend my mother's 80th birthday party. It was such a kind thing, going so far out of their way. I took photos at that party. Des kept bobbing up in front of my camera, beaming, wearing a red jumper. I had half a dozen photos of Des' face in close-up, a huge grin, a glass of champagne. It infuriates me that I cannot find those photos now in Dad's voluminous digital photo library. In early 2017, Des and Felicity again travelled to our beach village, this time for Angus' wake. Liz, Cathy and I deeply appreciated their presence.

I am writing this for my mother as we've just passed what would have been Angus' 89th birthday and are about to reach the date when his final illness was diagnosed. Sometimes with loss, it's hard to find words. But I hope Felicity, Lisa, Richard and Tim understand that we feel for them in their grief, and that this Wednesday we will be thinking of them, and of Des.

John Cosgrove on 9 November, 2020 at 4:47pm

I worked with Des in the Commonwealth Treasury for a number of years. It was always a pleasure, notwithstanding Des' daily request for reactions to economic developments reported in newspapers. His energy was remarkable and he played a major role in the formulation of Treasury's advice on domestic and international economic matters.

Farewell, my dear friend. Yours was a life lived to the fullest. I was fortunate to play a small part in it professionally and socially.

Nick Minchin on 9 November, 2020 at 4:47pm

My condolences to Des' family on the loss of a great man. It was a privilege to know Des and I applaud his wonderful contribution to public policy in Australia. He was a passionate and fearless advocate for commonsense and rational thinking who will be greatly missed

Christopher John Aylward Game on 9 November, 2020 at 3:49pm

How we have missed Des lately, and how we will continue to miss him! He was a hero and gentle friend.

Helen Jessup on 9 November, 2020 at 10:28am

The loss of an old friend tears a hole in the fabric of time, but memory can transcend loss. There have been so many decades of crossed paths, from Trinity and Janet Clarke Hall days (and even earlier with Felicity at Tintern) to London, to Canberra, back to Melbourne, a long story with many good memories. The happy links are kept current with the lovely presence of Lisa in New York, as well as Andrew.
My loving thoughts are with you all,

Philippa Kelly on 9 November, 2020 at 7:07am

This a message for the family of Des Moore. What an extraordinary life Des lived, with such an impact on Australian political life, and the zest for writing letters to the newspaper right up until the end. I wish that all people could care as deeply about policy issues as Des did. For me personally, the impact of Des' life is felt most immediately in my loving friendship with his daughter Lisa, a brilliant artist and, even more important for a friend, an amazing, loyal, hilarious, incredibly warm person. Thank you to Des and Felicity for giving the world Lisa.

Ross Dalrymple Rawdon Dalrymple on 6 November, 2020 at 10:05am

Dear Felicity, We have heard that Des passed away. Unfortunately this happens to us all, but now Des is at peace. We will never forget the great times we all had with him and you at your beautiful house in Canberra. We send you and your family our love and sympathy at this sad time.
Rossie and Rawdon

Melinda Moore on 6 November, 2020 at 2:15am

Happy Memories of spirited tennis matches; fabulous Christmases; thought-provoking daily emails...

Family matters
love and hugs
M xoxo

Francesca Cook on 5 November, 2020 at 7:39pm

Des always seemed bigger than life to me; and he meant so much to Michael, in the way only a meeting of minds and best friends can.
It is hard to believe that another Lion is gone.
With my deepest sympathies,

Kathryn & Amanda on 5 November, 2020 at 7:32pm

We will miss you Uncle Des xoxoxo

Lisa Moore on 5 November, 2020 at 4:32pm

I'll miss you Dad xox

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