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16 June, 2009
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Mr J.N. HYDE: […] Another issue is that trade offices seem to have been put into the Premier’s department, whereas the very over-worked, but coping, Treasurer and Minister for Commerce seems to be dealing with a lot of the day-to-day activities of the trade offices. That includes the new trade office for Cape Town. Actually, will that office be in Cape Town or Johannesburg? There is nil comment from the Treasurer on that. Silence is as good as affirmation, I think.

Mr T.R. Buswell: I do not have responsibility for trade offices.

Mr J.N. HYDE: But the Treasurer has a keen interest, and he is funding them—or de-funding them.

Mr T.R. Buswell: I have a keen interest in funding every government activity, but I do not have responsibility for trade offices.

Mr J.N. HYDE: Except for library books in the 236 local government libraries. How many books are they short in Busselton?

Mr T.R. Buswell: They are not funded through the Department of Local Government.

Mr J.N. HYDE: No. They are funded through the Department of Culture and the Arts. If the Treasurer had asked me, I could have told him that. If I do get the correct supplementary information from the Minister for Culture and the Arts, I will be able to tell the Treasurer more about the 35 per cent of books that are not being —

Mr T.R. Buswell: Do you still want to take up my offer to come to the AC/DC concert with me?

Mr J.N. HYDE: I am considering the Treasurer’s very kind arts-inclusive offer.

Ms J.M. Freeman: My son would!

Mr B.S. Wyatt: Are there tickets going around?

The ACTING SPEAKER: Order, members! Can we get back to the member for Perth, please?

Mr T.R. Buswell: I would like to see the member for Kalamunda at an AC/DC concert! He would be right up at the front! He would probably wear a schoolboy outfit, like Angus!

Mr J.N. HYDE: He is mistaken for Angry Anderson on the odd occasion—the very odd occasion!

Subject: Appropriation (Consolidated Account) Recurrent 2009-10 Bill 2009 / Appropriation (Consolidated Account) Capital 2009-10 Bill 2009 [Legislative Assembly – Estimates Committee B Report — Adoption]

Date: 11 June 2009

Hansard reference: pp. 4932 – 4933 [online (pdf)]

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