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4 April, 2012

Mrs M.H. ROBERTS: Is the minister aware that his budget also includes $962 million in commonwealth capital appropriations funding for roads over four years compared with only $628 million that was provided by the Howard Liberal government during WA Labor’s last four years?

Mr T.R. BUSWELL replied:
Firstly, I am just intrigued by this transformation of the Labor Party from “Labor” to “WA Labor”.

Several members interjected.

Mr T.R. BUSWELL: I have a tip for the member for Midland: when you are largely funded by the union movement and when you are definitely controlled by the union movement, you can run but you cannot hide from the fact that you are Labor. I know that it is hard labour being Labor, but you are in labour and you cannot get out of it, member for Midland!

Mr M. McGowan: How long did you practise that one for?

Mr T.R. BUSWELL: I just thought of it as I stood up.

Subject: Roads Network – Rat-Running [Legislative Assembly – Questions Without Notice]

Date: 28 March 2012

Hansard reference: p. 1482 [online (pdf)]

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