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17 May, 2012

A topical continuation of yesterday’s post. The Speaker’s instructions here are perhaps a suggestion that his musical tastes are from a decade earlier (see: ‘Budget Pie‘; ‘The Budget Path to Heaven‘)

193. Mr M.W. SUTHERLAND to the Minister for Sport and Recreation: […] The Premier announced earlier this year that the gala opening of the new Perth Arena would be on 10 November 2012. Can the minister provide the house with details about events leading up to that date and, more importantly, what the people of Western Australia can get expect to see on 10 November 2012?

Mr T.K. WALDRON replied:
I thank the member for Mount Lawley for the question.
I have some exciting information that I am sure all my parliamentary colleagues will be keen to hear. As I think we already heard in this place today, the Premier very early this morning announced that the first act to play at the new world-class Perth Arena will be international pop legend George Michael, who I am sure members all know!

Several members interjected.

Mr T.K. WALDRON: You’ve got to have faith!

Several members interjected.

The SPEAKER: Member for Mandurah, if I read my formal calls to order list and get to the point at which it says “Mandurah”, I see that there are three calls. Members, I would like to be able to hear the answer from the Minister for Sport and Recreation at this stage. I do not want to hear anybody else. I particularly do not want to hear anything that resembles Wham!—or George Michael.

Mr T.K. WALDRON: It is interesting to note that George Michael was also the first act who appeared at the new Wembley Stadium in June 2007. WA is going to feature prominently on the national stage, because in November George Michael’s Symphonica Australian tour will commence in Perth and the arena will hold top billing in a series of concerts right across the country. Obviously, the state-of-the-art Perth Arena is the perfect backdrop for —

Several members interjected.

The SPEAKER: Thank you, members!

Mr T.K. WALDRON: — one of the most influential pop artists in recent history. Like many music lovers—I am sure there are many in this place—I look forward to hearing some of those Wham! songs from the 80s and some of his more contemporary music. I was going to regale the Parliament with a couple of his numbers and I know the member for Central Wheatbelt is also a big fan and has done that before —

Several members interjected.

Mr T.K. WALDRON: I have heard Careless Whisper! But I will not do that, Mr Speaker.

Subject: Perth Arena – Gala Opening [Legislative Assembly – Questions Without Notice]

Date: 3 May 2012

Hansard reference: pp. 2352-2353 [online (pdf)]


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