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23 August, 2012

Mr C.J. BARNETT: […] I make it clear that this project is a major investment by the state of Western Australia. It will be a world-class stadium of 60 000 seats, capable of going up to 70 000 or 80 000 seats. It will have state-of-the-art facilities and technologies, and the highest standard of comfort for spectators at events. We are not rushing this; we are doing it properly every step of the way. We are now coming to the point at which final specification, final architectural design and the tender process will get underway.

Ms M.M. Quirk: All that detail, and you do not know the cost, Premier.

Mr C.J. BARNETT: We have not got to that detail, sunshine! We are not at that point yet. We have a way to go, but when we get to that point and when we make a decision —

Point of Order

Mrs M.H. ROBERTS: I believe that members are supposed to be referred to by their electorate, and not by terms like “sunshine”, and that that language is inappropriate in this house.

The SPEAKER: The Premier knows the rules of this place, and when he refers to others in this place, he will refer to them by the seat they occupy. That is the instruction I provide.

Questions without Notice Resumed

Mr C.J. BARNETT: Thank you, Mr Speaker. It was very errant of me.

Mrs M.H. Roberts: Apologise!

Mr C.J. BARNETT: I guarantee that I would never call you “sunshine”! You are such a sour, sour member of Parliament—you would get “lemon” or something like that.

Mrs M.H. Roberts: You have no dignity or decorum.

Mr C.J. BARNETT: Come on! If you want to talk about comments, look at the Hansard and what happened last night. If you think “sunshine” or “lemon” are offensive, look at what happened last night!

Several members interjected.

The SPEAKER: Order, members!

Subject: Perth Major Sports Stadium – Total Cost [Legislative Assembly – Questions Without Notice]

Date: 15 August 2012

Hansard reference: p. 5030 [online (pdf)]

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