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the emperor and the chief

15 May, 2009
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Ms A.J.G. MacTIERNAN: What a disgrace it is that we have to fish for this information. What a disgrace that the government has neither the ability nor the commitment to introduce a piece of legislation with a decent second reading speech! This is a piece of legislation about how people will vote and the minister cannot even tell us whether numbers will be used on the ballot papers!

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Mr G.M. Castrilli: Regulations will be produced, and it won’t be numbers.

Ms A.J.G. MacTIERNAN: It will not be numbers?

Mr G.M. Castrilli: No.

Ms A.J.G. MacTIERNAN: I think we will get a chad! I can feel a chad coming on. We will get the chad system.

Mr D.A. Templeman: Let it be shown in Hansard that the carrier pigeon from Jandakot passed a piece of paper to the minister telling him the answer.

The ACTING SPEAKER: Member for Mandurah!

Several members interjected.

The ACTING SPEAKER: Order, members! The member for Armadale has the call. I am sure that everyone wants to listen to the member. If other members want to hold a conversation, please take it outside the chamber.

Mr G.M. Castrilli: The member for Armadale heard my answer.

Ms A.J.G. MacTIERNAN: I did not hear it.

Mr G.M. Castrilli: You did hear my answer. I said that the regulations will be produced but it will not be numbers.

Ms A.J.G. MacTIERNAN: That is what you said after you got the note.

Mr G.M. Castrilli: I did not.

Mr D.A. Templeman: I have never seen that happen in the house. A carrier pigeon from Jandakot brought the minister a note. I am outraged!

The ACTING SPEAKER: Member for Mandurah!

Ms A.J.G. MacTIERNAN: Perhaps I can seek clarification from the Minister for Local Government. Does he consider the number 1 to be a number? Mathematics obviously was not his strong point!

Mr D.A. Templeman: The Premier will be in here any minute to save the day.

The ACTING SPEAKER: Member for Mandurah!

Mr D.A. Templeman: I can see it now. He will be watching and saying, “Goodness! I had better get in there and take over.”

The ACTING SPEAKER: I call the member for Mandurah to order for the first time.

Ms A.J.G. MacTIERNAN: Our fishing expedition has produced this.

Mr D.A. Templeman: Here he comes!

The ACTING SPEAKER: Order, members!

Mr D.A. Templeman: The Apache has come back.

The ACTING SPEAKER: Order, member for Mandurah!

Subject: Local Government Amendment (Elections) Bill 2009 [Legislative Assembly – Second Reading]

Date: 5 May 2009

Hansard reference: pp. 3305 – 3306 [online (pdf)]

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