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25 January, 2012

MR D.A. TEMPLEMAN (Mandurah) [11.15 am]: […] You, Mr Acting Speaker, may be well aware that above your head is the press gallery bench—a very interesting bench to look at! If members and visitors ever get the chance to view that bench, they will see that some of our eminent journalists, both past and present, have etched comments into the Parliament’s furniture.

Mr P. Abetz: Interesting!

Mr D.A. TEMPLEMAN: Interesting people, and some of them very famous. Liam Bartlett, for example, is one such eminent journalist whose graffiti—if we are going to talk about definitions—is etched on the bench. Some of the comments are quite derogatory—particularly those about members of Parliament observed over decades. I see one member of the press now. He has probably come to see whether there are any fresh comments up there! Quite frankly, if we look at the definition, that is an example of graffiti, because this is a public place. Obviously, many of those journalists—here they are! They are all arriving! They arrive in throngs as I speak. Goodness me! I must remember to do something like this more often to get the attention of our journalist friends! Mr Acting Speaker (Mr J.M. Francis), you will note that with a full house of media people, I now have an audience. I am so pleased about that! However, up there in the press gallery, and in the press gallery in the other place, some very interesting observations and comments about members, both past and present, are etched on public furniture.

Point of Order

Ms J.M. FREEMAN: Can the member table the bench?

The ACTING SPEAKER (Mr J.M. Francis): It is not a very practical point of order, but I ask the member for Mandurah to choose his words carefully. I am getting very nervous sitting below the press gallery!

Debate Resumed

Mr D.A. TEMPLEMAN: So the Acting Speaker should be! We are losing a few journalists now. They have obviously lost interest in my wonderful speech.

Subject: Criminal Code Amendment (Graffiti) Bill 2009 [Legislative Assembly – Second Reading]

Date: 10 September 2009

Hansard reference: pp. 6784-6785 [online (pdf)]

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