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2 December, 2011

Both houses of the Parliament of Western Australia are now adjourned until 2012, so once we’ve featured exchanges from the corrected proofs of this week’s sessions (which should cover next week at least), we will return to the archives for our summer material. In the next few weeks we’ll also be preparing a series of posts on ‘the year in legislation’, looking back at the debates on some of the more prominent bills appearing before the Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council…

Mr C.J. Barnett: Don’t forget Scott Reef is Western Australia.

Mr F.M. Logan: Is it?

Mr C.J. Barnett: Yes, it is. It is not so much the territorial sea; it is three miles around any island—any island of Western Australia—so Scott Reef and the resource there are Western Australian.

Mr F.M. Logan: That’s a long way.

Mr C.J. Barnett: It is 200-odd kilometres out, yes—it is Western Australia, though.

Mr M. McGOWAN: That is a good point.

Mr C.J. Barnett: It is a very interesting point.

Mr P. Papalia interjected.

Mr M. McGOWAN: Wheatstone?

Mr P. Papalia: No, the Browse.

Mr M. McGOWAN: Browse, yes.

Mr F.M. Logan interjected.

Mr C.J. Barnett: We’ll take you out there and leave you there for six months!

Mr P. Papalia: There’s not much there; it’s been plundered by the Indonesian fishing boats.

Mr M. McGOWAN: The member for Warnbro has actually left people out there before.

Mr P. Papalia: I’ve snorkelled it.

Mr M. McGOWAN: There is a famous story about the member for Warnbro leaving someone out there at one time.

Mr P. Papalia: No, not there!

Mr M. McGOWAN: He left some of his crew members out in various locations around the Indian Ocean at various times.

Mr P. Papalia: Now you’re starting a new story!

Mr M. McGOWAN: He referred to it as character building for his crew, although some of his crew members’ mothers were not so enamoured of the idea!

Subject: Petroleum (Submerged Lands) Amendment Bill 2011 [Legislative Assembly – Second Reading]

Date: 23 November 2011

Hansard reference: p. 9685 [online (pdf)]

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