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7 October, 2009

Mr J.C. KOBELKE: […] That brings me to the issue of why this bill is so urgent and needs to go through the Parliament today instead of next week. Can the minister indicate when cabinet gave approval to draft this bill?

Mr R.F. Johnson: I got approval to draft this bill in November of last year, if my memory serves me correctly.

Mr J.C. KOBELKE: So why did it take the best part of 12 months to draft the bill and get it into this place? Was it because of some drafting problems or issues?

Mr R.F. Johnson: Come on! Don’t exaggerate, my friend! It’s not 12 months. You know that as well as I do. There were a lot of things that had to be done in the meantime. Cabinet approved, basically, the
recommendations from the committee. That was toward the end of November. We then had the Christmas
period, the holiday season and all the rest of it.

Ms M.M. Quirk: I was working! You obviously had a holiday!

The SPEAKER: Order!

Mr R.F. Johnson: No, I didn’t have a holiday. I haven’t had a holiday in about two years, my friend. Okay. Maybe that’s why I’m getting a bit grumpy with you. I probably need a holiday!

Subject: Bush Fires Amendment Bill 2009 [Legislative Assembly – Second Reading]

Date: 17 September 2009

Hansard reference: pp. 7293 [online (pdf)]

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