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28 October, 2011
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Ms M.M. Quirk: Let us say, for example, that someone at an event attended by the Queen was wearing a T-shirt with anti-monarchist tendencies on it. A lot of people would regard that as offensive.

Mr R.F. JOHNSON: They would not be breaking the law. Quite frankly, I do not think those people would get an invitation to be that close to the Queen. I think it would be most unlikely. But it would not be an offence for someone standing on the street to wear something that says, “I don’t like the Queen”.

Mr J.N. Hyde: During the Pope’s visit, we had the case of the person who was wearing controversial garb on the freeway. That person was arrested because that was deemed to be offensive to the Pope. So you’re saying to us that anything goes.

Mr R.F. JOHNSON: The member for Perth can wear whatever he likes at a CHOGM event.

Ms M.M. Quirk: And he frequently does!

Subject: Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (Special Powers) Bill 2011 [Legislative Assembly – Consideration in Detail]

Date: 6 April 2011

Hansard reference: pp. 2469-2470 [online (pdf)]

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