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18 May, 2010

Mr B.S. WYATT: […] What capacity does the minister have to protect those local governments—now that we know they will still exist—and importantly to protect those ratepayers from a burden being imposed on them by a decision of the state government?

Mr J.H.D. Day: I have told the member that there will be a review of the fees periodically and they will be able to be adjusted if necessary.

Mr B.S. WYATT: Can I take that as the minister’s response, and I can jump up or do I need somebody else to speak?

Mr M. McGOWAN: The member for Victoria Park did not have to sit down in the first place, because the minister was interjecting and the rule is that whilst the member is on his feet the minister can interject and he can retain the time available to speak.

I am referring to the wily old dog—the snapping turtle over there! I was watching Bear Grylls on television the other night as he was reaching into those holes after catfish in the Everglades and he said, “A snapping turtle could very well snap my arm completely off!” We have found the snapping turtle. We have the rare Western Australian snapping turtle over there. We all thought the minister was just a calm mild-mannered dentist.

Mr C.J. Barnett: Have you ever seen a turtle bite? They are frightening.

Mr M. McGOWAN: I have.

Mr C.J. Barnett: I was quite scared when I saw a turtle bite.

Mr M. McGOWAN: Which part of the Premier was it trying to bite?

Back to the wily old dog. Perhaps we should go back to the beginning on this amendment.

Subject: Approvals and Related Reforms (No. 4) (Planning) Bill 2009 [Legislative Assembly – Consideration in Detail]

Date: 6 May 2010

Hansard reference: p. 2652 [online (pdf)]

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