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you’re a good man, mr. brown

26 October, 2011
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Mr D.A. TEMPLEMAN: […] Before Madam Acting Speaker (Ms A.R. Mitchell) took the chair, the member for Albany was asking me whether, during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, I was going to act as some sort of —

Mr P.B. Watson: Ferret!

Mr D.A. TEMPLEMAN: Ferret?

Mr P.B. Watson: You could go down the manholes and ferret things out!

Mr D.A. TEMPLEMAN: I could, but I do not know whether I would be very well qualified! When we had our break this afternoon when the alarm system went off, I was halfway down Hay Street following someone wearing a hard hat before I realised it was someone from Rio Tinto! I would not be very good at it, and I certainly would be of no use to Assistant Commissioner Bell, who is in the Speaker’s gallery and who, no doubt, will be advising the minister shortly in consideration in detail on issues relevant to CHOGM.

Mr R.F. Johnson: We could think about making you a special constable—hang on, I’ve just thought about it; the answer would be no!

Mr D.A. TEMPLEMAN: I would have thought I would have had a more ceremonial role!

Many members would know I am a very avowed monarchist, and some members would be surprised by that. I used to be a republican, but after seeing the changing of the guard when I was in London about two years ago I texted my brother and said, “I am renouncing my republican views and I am an absolute convert to the monarchy.” He immediately texted me back, “Don’t be so stupid. Come home immediately.”

Mr F.A. Alban: Just take an Aspro!

Mr D.A. TEMPLEMAN: Minister for Police, I would be very happy to personally escort the Queen on any of the events that she has to attend; I think I would represent the state with great aplomb!

Mr M. McGowan: You could be Mr Brown!

Mr D.A. TEMPLEMAN: I could.

Subject: Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (Special Powers) Bill 2011 [Legislative Assembly – Second Reading]

Date: 22 March 2011

Hansard reference: pp. 1810-1811 [online (pdf)]

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