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26 April, 2010

DR M.D. NAHAN (Riverton) [6.07 pm]: […] I went around my libraries and told the librarians to ask the Labor Party why it did not fund libraries. Why did the previous government take the money from WASO? Why? When we look at the forward estimates we must remember to judge people by what they do, not by what they say. Judge politicians in particular not by passion, caring and being able to read set scripts, but by what they did when they had the reins of government and the budget. What did they do? They stole money from WASO right before the election, and what did they put in the forward estimates?

Mr D.A. Templeman: It is all economic rationalists like you —

Dr M.D. NAHAN: The Baldrick of the Labor Party over there comes up with another bright idea. We goofed up in government but Baldrick over there, the member for Mandurah, was in cabinet —

Several members interjected.

Dr M.D. NAHAN: What did the member for Mandurah say about —

Mr D.A. Templeman: I’ll take that as a term of endearment! Thank you very much.

Dr M.D. NAHAN: Is that a good idea?

Mr D.A. Templeman: I could give you a bit of history about what he does.

Dr M.D. NAHAN: What did the member for Mandurah say in cabinet when he failed to provide funding for libraries? What did he say? What did he say in cabinet when cabinet decided not to fund long-term libraries and to take the money from WASO?

Mr D.A. Templeman: I’ll tell you what we didn’t do is hold a secret or an emergency cabinet meeting to reverse a decision!

Dr M.D. NAHAN: What the previous government did was it took the money from WASO —

Mr J.N. Hyde: Did not!

Dr M.D. NAHAN: You did!

Mr J.N. Hyde: No! Prove it! You can’t! This is Liberal sludge!

Mr D.A. Templeman: You’re up to your neck in it, member for Riverton!

Dr M.D. NAHAN: No I am not! The member for Perth is up to his neck in it. He is the shadow minister. He swans around all the arts groups—“Look at me! I love you, I love you!” Delivery: nothing. When it counts, the member does not deliver.

Mr J.N. Hyde: I look at $4 million today that you cut!

Dr M.D. NAHAN: What did we do? The main theme of this debate is funding cuts—what funding cuts?

Several members interjected.

Dr M.D. NAHAN: I went to my library today —

Mr D.A. Templeman: I bet it was the first time you’ve been there!

Dr M.D. NAHAN: Pardon me? You must be joking!

Mr D.A. Templema: No, I reckon it would be. They do not know who you are at your library.

Mr J.H.D. Day: They certainly did know who he was, I can assure you of that.

Ms J.M. Freeman: Obviously, it was a press conference then with him at his library—is that right? So you went with him, minister?

Several members interjected.

Dr M.D. NAHAN: My local libraries know me; I assure members opposite they know me better than their libraries know them, but that is to be judged by others. However, what is the issue here? Are there funding cuts? None —

Mr D.A. Templeman: What about these librarians from the Riverton Library who said, “Don’t cut my library. I vote for my library”? Now I know why there was a secret cabinet meeting this morning.

Dr M.D. NAHAN: There was not a secret cabinet —

Mr D.A. Templeman: Because they were fearful of the member for Riverton losing his seat over the libraries! The librarians in this photo I’m holding are the ones who deserve credit for bringing this back into the Parliament—Amy Ho, Elise Dowey, Annette Buchanan and Judi Wilmott. They are the champions! They are the people’s poets! Congratulations to them.

Dr M.D. NAHAN: Is there a Speaker in the house?

Mr J.N. Hyde interjected.

The ACTING SPEAKER (Mr P.B. Watson): Member, if you want to encourage people —

Dr M.D. NAHAN: I was not.

Mr D.A. Templeman: He called me Baldrick!

The ACTING SPEAKER: Excuse me, I call you to order for the first time, member for Riverton. You do not ask the Speaker whether there is a Speaker in the house. I call you to order for the second time and if you disregard the Chair then I will throw you out.

Dr M.D. NAHAN: I asked the Speaker to give me some assistance so I can speak.

The ACTING SPEAKER: You encouraged these people on the other side of the house; you cannot have it both ways. You challenged the member for Mandurah, you called him names, and I let it go. If you cannot take it, sit down.

Subject: Public Libraries – Funding [Legislative Assembly – Motion]

Date: 21 April 2010

Hansard reference: pp. 1984 – 1986 [online (pdf)]

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