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8 February, 2010
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Mr R.F. JOHNSON: […] Earlier I sought the permission of the Speaker to show members of the house some of the weapons that the police are taking from people in Northbridge and the central business district. I do not do this as a stunt. I was horrified when I saw these weapons this morning.

Ms M.M. Quirk: But I showed you some last year.

Mr R.F. JOHNSON: The member for Girrawheen did not show me anything like the weapon I am now holding up. This is a weapon that was taken from —

Ms J.M. Freeman interjected.

Mr R.F. JOHNSON: They can sell them, but no longer to a juvenile.

Several members interjected.

The SPEAKER: Members!

Ms M.M. Quirk: Do you call that a machete? That’s not a machete!

Mr R.F. JOHNSON: I call this a machete. I promise the member that mine is bigger than hers!

The SPEAKER: Member for Girrawheen, is that a real knife, or whatever you want to call it?

Ms M.M. Quirk: It is a machete, as I understand it, Mr Speaker. Fortunately, I purchased it last year for the purpose of private members’ legislation. I had permission at that time to show it in the chamber. I am sorry that I did not get that permission renewed. I understood that it was for the purpose of debate and that there would not be any issue. Of course, it is stored in secure circumstances when not in this chamber.

Subject: Acts Amendment (Weapons) Bill 2009 [Legislative Assembly – Second Reading]

Date: 11 November 2009

Hansard reference: pp. 8801 – 8802 [online (pdf)]

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