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3 May, 2007
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Mr R.F. JOHNSON: When will we get the minister’s report? I am very interested. The statement is so bland that it was not worth tabling, quite frankly. According to this statement the minister had four meetings, one with the British Minister of State for Health, the Rt Hon John Hutton, and the Irish Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children, Mr Brian Lenihan. The Minister for Health also visited two hospitals. How many meetings did he have with those ministers?

Mr R.C. Kucera: Read my report.

Mr R.F. JOHNSON: Why will the minister not tell us? I am really interested, and I believe that the public of Western Australia have an interest. The minister has put a cost of $10 000 on the trip. I cannot see how he could possibly get to the United Kingdom for $10 000 unless he travelled crumple class or with some especially cheap airline. I imagine that as a minister he would have travelled business class. How can the minister say that it cost $10 000? It could not possibly have cost $10 000. That is a genuine question but I doubt that we will get an answer, because this is the Government that is open and accountable and never gives answers, especially when it is asked pertinent questions that go to the heart of good government and whether it is wasting money.

Mr A.D. McRae: This is tedious repetition.

Mr R.F. JOHNSON: Do stop it. Is that silly man going on again? It is tedious repetition when he keeps interjecting.

I was hoping that the Minister for Health would tell us how many meetings he had in the United Kingdom. Did he have a meeting with the British Minister of State for Health on the same day that he looked around the hospital, because that would have made sense? Did he have a break between seeing the British minister of state and visiting the hospital to look at the emergency services? The minister was there for 10 days. He was also travelling with one of his staff members.

Ms A.J. MacTiernan: Did you ever travel when you were minister for stomping grapes?

Mr R.F. JOHNSON: Stomping grapes?

Ms A.J. MacTiernan: I seem to remember that was your moment – that and rowing through sewers.

Mr R.F. JOHNSON: Stomping grapes?

Ms A.J. MacTiernan: You were there with your shoes off.

Mr R.F. JOHNSON: The Minister for Planning and Infrastructure knows a great deal about grapes, or the end product of them. I never stomped grapes, apart from those in my garage when I was making wine.

Ms A.J. MacTiernan: We have pictures of you, tinea and all.

Mr R.F. JOHNSON: The minister may have a picture of me with Miss Italy in one of the local newspapers, which was taken when we were in a barrel.

Ms A.J. MacTiernan: Exactly! It was the barrel boy.

Mr R.C. Kucera: Yes, it was the barrel boy, not the barrow boy.

Mr R.F. JOHNSON: The picture was taken for publicity for Miss Italy and the Italian festival. I did not tread grapes.

Ms A.J. MacTiernan: It was just another façade.

Mr R.F. JOHNSON: It just looked like it.

The ACTING SPEAKER (Mr P.W. Andrews): Members, the amendment is most interesting. We should address that.

Subject: Address-in-Reply [Legislative Assembly – Motion]

Date: 14 August 2002

Hansard reference: pp. 102z – 130z [online (pdf)]

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