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8 April, 2009
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Mr P. PAPALIA: […] I will finish by joining in with the observation of the many other members who have spoken during this debate and talked about the humiliating and embarrassing treatment of the Treasurer of this state by the Premier of this state last evening.

I was embarrassed on behalf of the Treasurer. I like the Treasurer. Not many members would stand up and say that, but I do.

Mr V.A. Catania: Shame on you!

Mr P. PAPALIA: Yes! My wife criticises me for that, but I do. I like him. He is a funny fellow. He is entertaining. If ever a horrible accident should befall the Treasurer and for some unforeseen reason he should
have to move from this place, everyone knows, and I would be the first to acknowledge, that he has a future as a clown in Cirque de Soleil. He is capable. He is skilled.

Mr D.A. Templeman: He is witty!

Mr P. PAPALIA: Yes.

The ACTING SPEAKER (Mr P.B. Watson): Order, member! Would the member speak to the bill, please.

Mr P. PAPALIA: I am sorry, Mr Acting Speaker. In reference to this unparalleled Treasurer’s advance—this unprecedented $1.2 billion Treasurer advance—I must make the observation that the Treasurer will have another occupation waiting for him when he leaves this place. He is skilled, and he is acknowledged as —

Mr D.A. Templeman: Mr Bubbles!

Mr P. PAPALIA: No. I would never say something like that!

Subject: Treasurer’s Advance Authorisation Bill 2009 [Legislative Assembly – Third Reading]

Date: 1 April 2009

Hansard reference: p. 2508 [online (pdf)]

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