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28 September, 2010
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Hon LJILJANNA RAVLICH: […] Anyone who is interested in popular culture will know that the benefits of being on The Oprah Winfrey Show are phenomenal. Her marketing exposure reaches some 140 countries and an audience of anywhere between 75 million and 100 million. It is amazing that one individual such as Oprah Winfrey can have that sort of reach into so many countries and so many people’s lives.

Hon Robyn McSweeney: Are you hoping to be discovered tonight?

Hon LJILJANNA RAVLICH: No; I do not really want to be. I watch Oprah because that show goes on before Days of Our Lives, and I am quite interested in what happens on Days of Our Lives. I do like Oprah. Mr President is in shock! I really like Days of Our Lives.

Hon Alison Xamon: Oprah is awesome.

Hon LJILJANNA RAVLICH: Yes, she is. Anyway, I just want to put on the public record —

Hon Michael Mischin: Just send her a copy of your speech.

Hon LJILJANNA RAVLICH: I could do.

I just want to put on the public record the fact that I congratulate the Australian Hotels Association. I know that it is disappointed because its members miss out. When tourists do not come to Western Australia, it means that they do not book into hotels, they do not eat in our local restaurants and they do not catch our local transport. The economic impact of having Oprah in Western Australia is almost incalculable in terms of —

Hon Robyn McSweeney: You just want to be on TV.

Hon Liz Behjat: Harpo Productions is coming here next week. Haven’t they shared that information with you?

The PRESIDENT: Order! We are actually on TV now if anybody cares to watch it.

Hon LJILJANNA RAVLICH: I am quite satisfied with the small camera and the limited exposure for the time being.

Subject: Oprah Winfrey – Australian Visit [Legislative Council – Statement]

Date: 15 September 2010

Hansard reference: pp. 6639 – 6640 [online (pdf)]

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