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24 October, 2011

The 2011 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) is being held in Perth at the end of this week, with the Queen in attendance, so we’re featuring CHOGM-/the Queen-themed posts all week here at Houses & Motions. Exchanges from the preparations for CHOGM have already been featured here, in particular quotes referring to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (Special Powers) Bill 2011, but there is plenty more material in the Hansard archives!

Mr T.R. BUSWELL: I have just been informed by the deputy director general on my right that there is currently some coal going through Kwinana bulk terminal. I think I informed the Legislative Assembly about that previously. It has happened. I thought it was still happening and I have now been advised that around 500 000 to one million tonnes are currently going through there. So, anyone who goes down there today will see a stockpile of coal. We had mistakenly reached the conclusion that, because of the problems with Griffin, the coal going through there had stopped, but clearly it is still going through.

Mrs M.H. ROBERTS: Who is “we”?

Mr T.R. BUSWELL: Me! Me—under expert advice!

Mrs M.H. ROBERTS: I thought it was the royal “we” or something!

Mr T.R. BUSWELL: We have had a few of those. In fact, we still have the toilet in Busselton, Mr Chairman, that the Queen sat on when she came in the 1950s, and we are hoping she comes back.

Mrs M.H. ROBERTS: The minister is fascinated with seats!

Mr T.R. BUSWELL: Seriously, we have! We saved it out of Mr Killerby’s house.

Subject: Bunbury Port Authority [Legislative Assembly – Estimates Committee A]

Date: 2 June 2011

Hansard reference: p. E428 [online (pdf)]

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