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21 May, 2012

This exchange was also featured in Inside Cover in today’s West Australian:

Mr C.C. PORTER replied:
[…] Over the past three days I have heard four separate figures as to what the cost overrun, or blow-out if you like, is. There is a blow-out; there is no question about that. Let me describe the four figures that I have heard over the past several days. Today the Leader of the Opposition said that the cost blow-out was $400 million. When that question was asked of me in November last year, the Leader of the Opposition said it was $500 million.

Mr M. McGowan: I asked you a question.

Mr C.C. PORTER: We have had $400 million and we have had $500 million.

Mr M. McGowan: You are very slippery.

Mr C.C. PORTER: The Leader of the Opposition is as slippery as a bucket of eels in oil, which is very slippery.

Mr P. Papalia: Did you reverse that in the budget?

Mr C.C. PORTER: No, I just came up with that then.

Mr D.A. Templeman interjected.

The SPEAKER: Surrender, member for Mandurah. I formally call you to order for the second time today. I think you have all had your fun.


Mr C.C. PORTER: […] The 150-megawatt cap gave us the ability to estimate the scheme would cost $300 million over 10 years because that was the upper limit on the scheme. Yes, that upper limit was breached to the tune of $15 million a year. When we put in the cap, which gave us the figure of $300 million, what was the response of the Labor Party? It was “Feed-in Tariff Armageddon on its way”. Well, “I’mageddon” tired of overstatements in press releases! That was better than the eels.

Subject: Residential Feed-in Tariff Scheme – Cost Overruns [Legislative Assembly – Questions Without Notice]

Date: 15 May 2012

Hansard reference: p. 2491 [online (pdf)]

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