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11 November, 2009
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Hon SIMON O’BRIEN: […] It appears that the opposition spokesperson for health has had a leak come to her; she is in possession of a leak! The mover of the motion has also got an interest in this matter, so her ears have pricked up. Hon Alison Xamon has beaten this slack opposition to move an urgency motion on the subject.

Hon Sue Ellery: Don’t be ridiculous!

Hon SIMON O’BRIEN: I did not see the Leader of the Opposition come out with it.

Hon Sue Ellery: I stood up early in the debate —

Hon SIMON O’BRIEN: The Leader of the Opposition did not move the motion.

Hon Sue Ellery: The Greens (WA) asked for the motion. We agreed that they should move the motion.

Hon SIMON O’BRIEN: Bully for you! It saved the member the trouble of actually doing some work!

Hon Sue Ellery: We actually had that motion planned and they asked —

Hon Ken Travers: What is happening in the other place?

Hon SIMON O’BRIEN: Mr President, we have just —

The PRESIDENT: Order! The comments the last minute or so have very tenuous links to the real issue; that is, mental health services. That includes the comments being made by the speaker on his feet and the interjections.

Hon SIMON O’BRIEN: Mr President, the —

Hon Ken Travers: Stop disobeying the Chair and sit down!

Hon SIMON O’BRIEN: Why don’t you just pull your head in for half a minute!

Hon Norman Moore: I think he should go back to sleep!

Hon SIMON O’BRIEN: He was sound asleep a minute ago.

Hon Norman Moore: We are really disappointed that Hon Ljiljanna Ravlich woke him up!

Hon SIMON O’BRIEN: That is where he needs to be.

Hon Sue Ellery: Why does the minister not answer the question about why the great advocate for mental health did not —

Hon SIMON O’BRIEN: This is why, Mr President, I cannot get a word in edgeways. Can I ask for some order?

The PRESIDENT: Order! I will close the debate in a minute if we cannot get some order. Let us have one speaker on his feet and no interjections—speaking to the motion, I would add.

Hon SIMON O’BRIEN: Mr President, with respect, I have been speaking to the motion. I shall continue to do so.

Hon Ken Travers: The minister cannot challenge the President like that!

The PRESIDENT: Order!

Subject: Mental Health Services [Legislative Council – Urgency Motion]

Date: 13 October 2009

Hansard reference: pp. 7744- 7745 [online (pdf)]

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