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15 September, 2011

MR M. McGOWAN (Rockingham) [5.18 pm]: I will not keep the house long. We had a fairly full debate in Estimates Committee A. I want to respond to a couple of grievous attacks made upon me particularly by the Leader of the House, and also the opening remarks of the member for Mount Lawley who moved the motion and promptly left the house. I would like to respond to him, but he has thrown his grenade and departed the field of battle! He referred to my commentary upon his dress. I think he is a dapper gentleman, but he is wearing a camel-coloured jacket! I acknowledge the lovely purple shirt of the Acting Speaker (Mr A.P. O’Gorman).

Standing order 39 states —
The Speaker may determine what dress is appropriate for members.

I ask the Speaker, in light of this serious debate, to look at whether camel-coloured coats are appropriate in Parliament, particularly in light of the Premier’s remarks upon coming to office. One of the big issues when the Premier came to office was that dress standards of members of Parliament must be a key issue in Western Australia in this day and age!

Whilst the member for Mount Lawley has thrown his grenade into the field of battle, I think the Speaker, in determining what dress is appropriate, should take into account what the Premier had to say. He cracked down on bad dress!

Mr C.J. Barnett: It was directed at people wearing jumpers in the chamber.

Mr M. McGOWAN: He made sure that bad dress standards were front and centre in public policy in this state, and we applaud the Premier for that! We applaud the Premier for taking that up.

Mr C.J. Barnett: I took the stand on the standard of dress, not the quality of the choice!

Mr M. McGOWAN: Ha, ha! I am sure the Premier took up this issue in those private conversations with the Queen that he cannot reveal! He said to the Queen, “Don’t worry, Your Majesty; I’ve been dealing with those important issues of dress standards in Western Australia. I would not like you, when you come out to our state, to be confronted by ugly clothes of members of Parliament.” Then we have the member for Mount Lawley deliberately defying the Premier immediately on the Premier’s return from England to see the Queen! He is deliberately defying the Premier with that camelhair coat!

Mr C.J. Barnett: I spoke of standards, not taste!

Mr M. McGOWAN: I do not want to see the Queen arrive here in September and be confronted by that camelhair coat!

Mr C.C. Porter: What happens if she’s wearing a camelhair coat? Then you’ll be in strife! They’d be a perfect match!

Mr M. McGOWAN: I am confident that the Queen will not be wearing a camelhair coat, and I suggest to the Treasurer that the members of his branch would be very upset by him alleging that the Queen would be dressed in that manner! All I say to the member for Mount Lawley is: take a look in the mirror!

Ms M.M. Quirk: That’s what he’s doing now!

Mr M. McGOWAN: The member for Mount Lawley might be impressed by what he sees, but no-one else is!

Subject: Appropriation (Consolidated Account) Capital 2011-12 Bill 2011 [Legislative Assembly – Estimates Committee B Report – Adoption]

Date: 14 June 2011

Hansard reference: pp. 4204-4205 [online (pdf)]


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