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10 May, 2012
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Ms R. SAFFIOTI: […] As I said, the current Premier was a big advocate for the canal. I remember the then opposition was going to establish the office of canal development!

Mr W.J. Johnston: I think you’ve got a T-shirt about that!

Ms R. SAFFIOTI: I have a T-shirt that says, “Office of Canal Development” actually! That is one thing I have kept in that drawer, the office of canal development T-shirt. At the time when all these questions were being asked about the cost of water, health issues and the impact a canal would have in the north, they were all going to be answered by the office of canal development. It was going to be a centre of expertise that was going to solve all the problems and issues raised about the canal.

Mr W.J. Johnston: I know who could have headed us up!

Ms R. SAFFIOTI: The member for Nedlands was possibly going to be the inaugural head of the office of canal development!

Ms L.L. Baker: The minister for canals!

Mr F.M. Logan: A famous civil engineer!

Ms R. SAFFIOTI: My only regret is that we will never see the creation of the office of canal development, because that office of canal development was going to address all the problems. It will be a long way, but it does not matter because the office of canal development will work it out! What are the health implications? It does not matter; the office of canal development will work it out! How about the fact that it will cost $11 billion and not the $2 billion promised? It does not matter; the office of canal development can work it out! It is a pity that the office of canal development never came to fruition.

Subject: Water Services Bill 2011 / Water Services Legislation Amendment and Repeal Bill 2011 [Legislative Assembly – Second Reading — Cognate Debate]

Date: 2 May 2012

Hansard reference: pp. 2138-2139 [online (pdf)]

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