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13 January, 2010
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Mr W.J. JOHNSTON: […] This is about the provision of authority to the Commissioner of Police. Who is the additional protection that we have? We have Jim Hacker to protect us! That is who we get—the Minister for Police.

Ms A.J.G. MacTiernan: WA’s answer to Russ Hinze!

Mr W.J. JOHNSTON: I must say —

Point of Order

Mrs L.M. HARVEY: The member referred to the Minister for Police by a name that is unknown in this place.

Ms M.M. Quirk: What standing order?

The SPEAKER: Members!

Mrs L.M. HARVEY: I do not know. Who is Jim Hacker? It is unparliamentary.

Several members interjected.

The SPEAKER: Members! I am not going to accept the point of order.

Debate Resumed

Mr E.S. Ripper: Given the minister’s performance, it’s a compliment!

Mr W.J. JOHNSTON: We have heard about what happens in England —

Mr R.F. Johnson: What were you saying about reflections on other members?

Mr W.J. JOHNSTON: I did not make any reflection on the minister other than to say that I do not believe he is competent. In fact, that is my solemn belief, and if that is unparliamentary, I will obviously apologise for the fact that he is —

Several members interjected.

Mr W.J. JOHNSTON: The member for Scarborough says that I cannot call the Minister for Police Jim Hacker. Fair enough, I will say that he fills the role in our chamber that Jim Hacker fills in the comedy series.

Mrs L.M. Harvey: I don’t know who that is.

Mr W.J. JOHNSTON: The member is demonstrating her ignorance. How can someone come to this place and not know Yes Minister? I suppose that demonstrates the problem we have here.

Subject: Criminal Investigation Amendment Bill 2009 [Legislative Assembly – Second Reading]

Date: 10 November 2009

Hansard reference: p. 8676 [online (pdf)]

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