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18 January, 2009

With the summer recess on (and returning to regular posts after a month off), posts for the next while will be highlights from the parliamentary archives rather than current quotes – probably based on searching for silly words, like many of the early posts here.

Hon SALLY TALBOT: There was one aspect of the Governor’s speech that I thought should be applauded—at least from this side of the house—and that was when he observed —

This Liberal National Government is a minority government.

It would do well to remember this. To reach the end of a second-term Labor government which had overcome the most amazing and dramatic hurdles during that time whilst still governing with stability and still returning surpluses in its budgets—as it had always promised to do—and which had an infrastructure program rolling out across the whole of Western Australia, and only be able to return a minority of seats was really quite a dismal result.

Several members interjected.

Hon Simon O’Brien: We took 10 seats off you, even though you’d rigged the system!

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: Hon Simon O’Brien, please.

Hon Ljiljanna Ravlich: You did nothing; you know you did nothing; everyone knows you did nothing; and they are still coming to terms with the fact that you are going to do nothing!

Hon Simon O’Brien: Denial is not a river in Egypt, it seems, in this house —

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: Members, we have got only two or three minutes before recess. Could we hear the member out, please —

Hon Simon O’Brien: You’re a great comfort!

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: Hon Simon O’Brien, please! Hon Sally Talbot has the call.

Hon SALLY TALBOT: I am working up to a natural pause, so that honourable members opposite can go and calm themselves down and have their dinner and all that sort of thing.

Hon Kim Chance: They get excited!

Hon SALLY TALBOT: They do get very excited. Unfortunately, they get excited at the wrong moments. When we were talking about uranium there was no debate at all.

Hon Kim Chance: They should speak to their partners about it!

Hon SALLY TALBOT: Absolutely they should.

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

Date: 3 December 2008

Hansard reference: pp. 813b – 821a [online (pdf)]

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