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the year in legislation (1): Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (Special Powers) Bill 2011

20 December, 2011

I’ve been in Brisbane for the last week, and hadn’t managed to queue up any posts before I left for the east coast. Over the next week or so, time allowing, I’ll be running a series of posts highlighting specific debates that took place within the WA Parliament in 2011, linking to our previous posts from these discussions and including any exchanges we didn’t feature earlier. These will include some of the main talking points in the state over the last year, from the Cat Bill to the Franchising Bill. To start, though, we look at a bill that has had substantial coverage here previously: the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (Special Powers) Bill 2011, introduced ahead of CHOGM in October.

Introduced to the Legislative Assembly on 23 February 2011, the Second Reading debate resumed on 22 March 2011:

you’re a good man mr. brown
once a glimpse

Mr D.A. TEMPLEMAN: We could have the CHOGM choo-choo leaving Mandurah station; it will be in the CBD within 48 minutes. That is the reality; run with it. We can arrange all those things very easily. I would not mind being the mascot riding in the front of the train! I can see that being appropriate. I think I would make a great mascot—the Mandurah mascot, wearing my little cap.

Mr J.E. McGrath: You could be a ticket collector!

Mr D.A. TEMPLEMAN: Yes. [1]

official merchandise

Mr R.F. JOHNSON: […] If people want to protest, they can protest. People protest all around the world and if they want to do it in Western Australia, they can do it quite easily.

Mr W.J. Johnston: Where will they go?

Mr R.F. JOHNSON: The plan is this: first of all, the protesters or the group have to talk to the police. The police will then facilitate an area that will be designated for them to protest.

Mr W.J. Johnston: Where is that?

Mr R.F. JOHNSON: I do not know.

Ms M.M. Quirk: Cervantes!

Mr R.F. JOHNSON: Very tempting, but no, I do not think it will be that area. [2]

here comes the serious bit

After being adjourned on 22 March, the Consideration in Detail resumed on 24 March:

dancing Queen

Ms M.M. Quirk: […] In other words, given the requirements to gazette and get the matter to you and everything else, what is the estimate of how soon before the event that will no longer be feasible?

Mr R.F. JOHNSON: It is fairly simple. If clause 8 cannot be used, whereby the commissioner needs to come to me to sign off the approval, he will have the ability to —

Ms M.M. Quirk: I know that, but I am asking: when will that happen?

Mr R.F. JOHNSON: If I went missing, suddenly became crook or was kidnapped—that might be to the delight of some members in this house —

Ms M.M. Quirk: Who would I have to read my terrible press releases?

Mr R.F. JOHNSON: Exactly! I would not be there for the commissioner to get me to sign off. [3]

Resuming again on 5 April:
guest room

6 April:
god save the queen
l’amour à la française
time’s up
informal dress

7 April:

Mr W.J. JOHNSTON: […] I did not hear the minister.

Mr R.F. Johnson: I wasn’t talking to the member; I was talking to one of my advisers.

Mr W.J. JOHNSTON: I am sorry, but I did not hear the minister.

Mr R.F. Johnson: I wasn’t talking to the member—life is not just about you!

Mr W.J. JOHNSTON: As we saw on Australian Story, it is not only about you!

Mr R.F. Johnson: God forbid we should see you shaving your head and prancing around near naked! [4]

undeniable (follows on directly)
can’t slow down

Mr D.A. TEMPLEMAN: […] I have to warn the Premier, because he accused the opposition of not honouring pairs this morning —

Mr C.J. Barnett: No, I did not; I didn’t accuse you of that at all.

Mr D.A. TEMPLEMAN: — yet how many ministers are out today? Porter, Hames, Constable and Day! Four of them are out, all on important business, all honoured by this opposition.

Mr M. McGowan: Is there another concert on?

Mr D.A. TEMPLEMAN: There could be a concert on! I did not know that Lionel was perhaps playing somewhere else tonight and maybe they have darted off looking for him! I should have looked in the gig guide!

Mr F.M. Logan: They’re in the mosh pit!

Mr D.A. TEMPLEMAN: They probably are in the mosh pit! [5]

The Third Reading also took place on 7 April and the Bill was then transmitted to the Legislative Council. The Second Reading debate commenced on 18 May and resumed on 19 May:

Hon KATE DOUST: Can the parliamentary secretary confirm whether the Queen will be turning the first sod for the proposed
foreshore development?

Hon Donna Faragher: Forgive me, but I am not the Queen, and I would not know.

Hon KATE DOUST: I know, otherwise the parliamentary secretary would not be sitting here! [6]

get happy
bang goes the knighthood

The Bill entered the Committee of the Whole House Stage on 24 May:

the walls are coming down

The Report of the Committee was adopted on 22 June, the Legislative Council proceeded with the Third Reading, and the Bill was returned to the Assembly with amendments. After further consideration in detail, the Council’s amendments were agreed to on 23 June. The Bill was assented to on 11 July 2011. (Of course, that was not the end of CHOGM being mentioned in Parliament, but just the debate on the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (Special Powers) Bill 2011)

[1] Hansard reference: pp. 1812-1813 [online (pdf)]
[2] Hansard reference: p. 1822 [online (pdf)]
[3] Hansard reference: pp. 2132-2133 [online (pdf)]
[4] Hansard reference: pp. 2640-2641 [online (pdf)]
[5] Hansard reference: p. 2672 [online (pdf)]
[6] Hansard reference: p. 3667 [online (pdf)]


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