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26 September, 2010

Mr J.H.D. DAY: […] As members may recall, a review of the Premier’s Book Awards was undertaken within the culture and arts portfolio during 2009. That was in recognition of the fact, in part, that the book awards had become not nearly as well recognised and had reduced in status when compared with the situation when it originated in 1982. One of the clear recommendations of that review was that the ability to enter the awards should be opened up on a national basis, rather than being confined to only residents of Western Australia. I think that that decision has been broadly supported, notwithstanding one or two of the interjections that we have just heard.

Mr P.B. Watson: What about the local writers? All the money’s going over east!

Mr J.H.D. DAY: Secondly —

Several members interjected.

The SPEAKER: Thank you, members! Minister.

Mr J.N. Hyde: Only four of the 11 awards went to Western Australians!

The SPEAKER: Member for Perth, I do not know whether you had an entry in the awards, but I am formally
going to call you for the first time.

Mr J.H.D. DAY: It is not likely, Mr Speaker!

Subject: Premier’s Book Awards [Legislative Assembly – Questions Without Notice]

Date: 8 September 2010

Hansard reference: p. 6161 [online (pdf)]

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