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12 March, 2010

Hon PETER COLLIER replied:
[…] (1)–(3) I start with question (3). We have had several discussions about the question Hon Ljiljanna Ravlich asked yesterday—in terms of its relevance, more than anything—and we will continue to have those discussions. Hon Norman Moore, I will try to keep my response short. At this stage—

Several members interjected

The PRESIDENT: Order, members! The minister can provide his own answer. I do not think he needs help.

Hon PETER COLLIER: With all due respect, I could stand here for the next half an hour; in fact, I think I will! Training and workforce development is such a wonderful portfolio.

Hon Ljiljanna Ravlich: You just don’t know the answer, sunshine!

Hon PETER COLLIER: I am trying hard to not interject—I mean “respond”! Hon Ljiljanna Ravlich keeps calling out. She has not done her homework again. Mr President, you should kick her out.

Several members interjected.

The PRESIDENT: Order, members! The member should not stretch the friendship too far.

Hon PETER COLLIER: I would have thought that Hon Ljiljanna Ravlich, who was a minister for this
portfolio before she got sacked, would have known this: workforce development is about making training
relevant to employment.

[…] We are creating training packages that meet the needs of industry. My dialogue with industry is constant and comprehensive. We are ensuring that training packages provide for a seamless transition into the workforce.

Hon Ljiljanna Ravlich: There’s nothing new in what you have said. It is old news.

Hon PETER COLLIER: She is calling out again. Mr President, will you send her out?

Hon Ljiljanna Ravlich: Don’t be a sook, you pathetic thing!

The PRESIDENT: Order! Hon Ljiljanna Ravlich is out of order. The member should ask her question and wait for the answer. The minister should not interject on himself!

Hon PETER COLLIER: I am sorry, Mr President! I am trying so hard.

Subject: Minister for Training and Workforce Development – Responsibilities [Legislative Council – Questions Without Notice]

Date: 4 March 2010

Hansard reference: pp. 442 – 443 [online (pdf)]

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