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5 April, 2010
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Mr M. McGOWAN: […] I know what I would have said to the Treasurer. I would have asked, “How is the back bench, member for Vasse? Are you enjoying all the time you’ve got on your hands now?” It explains the look of complete and utter relief on the Treasurer’s face because —

Dr M.D. Nahan: In disappointment!

Mr M. McGOWAN: I have got the member for Swan Hills pencilled in as the next Treasurer, not the member for Riverton!

Mr T.R. Buswell: Your problem is you’ve got yourself pencilled in as opposition leader!

Mr M. McGOWAN: Perhaps we could send you off to the United States as our representative —

Mr T.R. Buswell: The member for Victoria Park has been over there for two weeks.

Mr M. McGOWAN: No; that is right, we have closed that office. They probably would not understand the member for Riverton over there with his broad Australian accent! It was instructive that the Treasurer knew that if there had been another error, he would have been in dire trouble. The government’s back bench knew it as well. It was instructive by the Treasurer’s body language and the words he used during that debate.

Mr D.A. Templeman: I saw the member for Jandakot having a meeting with his numbers man. I am sure he saw a gap there. There was an opportunity erupting in front of his eyes!

Mr M. McGOWAN: Who was his chief numbers man?

Mr D.A. Templeman: Himself!

Ms R. Saffioti: The German shepherd!

Mr D.A. Templeman: He was salivating! Saliva was spraying left, right and centre in anticipation of the demise of the Treasurer!

Mr M. McGOWAN: He was salivating like a big German shepherd.

Mr D.A. Templeman: Absolutely.

Mr M. McGOWAN: Like a German shepherd sitting in a cafe with a ham and cheese sandwich in front of him!

Ms R. Saffioti: A lot of people have kids, too.

Mr M. McGOWAN: I have a Jack Russell and I have three children. I know very well people’s likes for their dogs and their love for their children, member for West Swan.

Mr T.R. Buswell: What is the little pooch’s name?

Mr M. McGOWAN: My dog’s name?

Mr M.P. Whitely: It’s a beagle called Buswell!

Mr M. McGOWAN: My dog is 13 years old. She arrived well before the member for Vasse arrived in the Parliament, so I could not come up with a witty name! Her name is Shelby. That will go in the dirt file! I have a Jack Russell by the name of Shelby. The Treasurer will get his “dirt staff” on the case. They will google it. Was this dog acquired by use of —

Mr J.M. Francis: He stole his dog!

Mr D.A. Templeman: They’ll be out the front of your house now taking photographs, I’m sure of it! Canine terror!

Mr M. McGOWAN: They will probably kidnap my dog and substitute a Liberal Jack Russell for it to spy on me! The member for Jandakot will be in the midst of it all. He will probably send his German shepherd down to kill my Jack Russell! I tell you what—his German shepherd has got another thing coming if it wants to take on my Jack Russell! Anyway, I can see we are getting off the point.

Subject: Treasurer’s Advance Authorisation Bill 2010 [Legislative Assembly – Third Reading]

Date: 18 March 2010

Hansard reference: pp. 876 – 877 [online (pdf)]

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