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why did you grow a beard?

21 December, 2009
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Dr K.D. HAMES replied: […]
I would also like to thank, on behalf of both myself and the Leader of the Opposition, the member for Jandakot for providing us this wonderful gift of shaving cream and a razor ready for 1 December so that we can get rid of these awful moustaches! I will not read out to members what the member for Jandakot said in the little note —

Several members interjected.

The SPEAKER: Thank you, members!

Dr K.D. HAMES: I thank him for that, and also for the donation to Movember that came with it.

[…]

However, the news is not all good, because although the study found that there has been a significant
improvement in awareness and a reduction in the number of people being diagnosed with diabetes, it is still the case that, consistent with the original study, about 30 per cent of the people in that community are overweight or obese, and a significant number—nearly half—have diabetes. That shows that we still have a lot of work to do. That figure of 30 per cent for the number of people who are overweight or obese is a large figure. It is probably similar to the figure that we would find in this Parliament —

Mr C.J. Barnett: Just because you’re built like a ferret!

Dr K.D. HAMES: Well, no; I think my body mass index shows, in fact, that I am indeed overweight.

Mr E.S. Ripper: I’m in trouble, then!

Dr K.D. HAMES: Yes! Before I say hello to the face, and try to avoid the moustache, I look elsewhere—and I noticed yesterday that the Leader of the Opposition’s girth was preceding him down the corridor!

Subject: Unity of First People of Australia – Diabetes Management and Report [Legislative Assembly – Questions Without Notice]

Date: 26 November 2009

Hansard reference: pp. 9997 – 9998 [online (pdf)]

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