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27 January, 2009

MR P.D. OMODEI (Warren-Blackwood) [9.11 pm]: […] That brings me, Mr Speaker, to the China visit that you hosted only a few weeks ago. That visit was really brought home to me tonight when I watched the images on television and saw the graphic pictures in today’s The West Australian of young children being removed from the rubble after the earthquake in China. It is sobering to think that only 23 days ago we were almost at the epicentre of that earthquake, and if the earthquake had happened then, we could have been the ones who were still being dug out of the rubble.

Mr M.W. Trenorden: So it was your fault!

Mr P.D. OMODEI: No! I think we were very fortunate. I hear people lament about what is in the budget and what is not in the budget. When we consider Chinese families and China’s one-child policy, we can only imagine the disaster that has been caused to families by that earthquake and the damage that has occurred. To give members some idea of the size of some of these towns, Chengdu, which is in Sichuan Province, covers 12 300 square kilometres, or 4 700 square miles, and has a population of over 11 million. That town is smaller in size than my electorate of Warren-Blackwood, yet it has such a huge population. Chengdu is beautiful city. It is famous for being the habitat of the giant pandas.

Mr C.J. Barnett: I believe the Speaker had his photo taken with a panda!

Mr P.D. OMODEI: Mr Speaker, you can well imagine that if that earthquake had occurred when you were doing what you were doing with that panda, it could have been quite a disaster for everyone concerned!

Subject: Appropriation (Consolidated Account) Bill (no. 1) 2008 / Appropriation (Consolidated Account) Bill (no. 2) 2008 [Legislative Assembly – Second Reading — Cognate Debate]

Date: 14 May 2008

Hansard reference: pp. 3023b – 3067a [online (pdf)]

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