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3 June, 2009

Mr R.F. JOHNSON: The member for Girrawheen suggested that I had lied. That is unparliamentary, but I have become used to her tirades and I expect them. Last night she spent an entire half an hour personally attacking me as Minister for Police. If I were a sensitive person, I would be most hurt! I was astounded by the arrogance and ignorance of the shadow minister, because she seems to think that she knows more about operational police matters than the commissioner does.

Several members interjected.

Mr R.F. JOHNSON: These are all real cops; they are all real police officers. They are not robots, dummies or mannequins. They are real police officers, but the important point is —

Several members interjected.

The SPEAKER: Members!

Mrs M.H. Roberts: You live and breathe; it doesn’t make you a minister!

Mr M.P. Whitely: He’s seen Police Academy!

Mr R.F. JOHNSON: That is very nasty. Mr Speaker, you can see how hurtful some of the comments from those opposite can be! They really cut to the quick; they really do!

Subject: Police – Additional Officers [Legislative Assembly – Questions Without Notice]

Date: 20 May 2009

Hansard reference: p. 4308 [online (pdf)]

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