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18 September, 2012

This exchange from last week calls back to events from April 2011, as noted in can’t slow down and in the fifth new quote in the CHOGM Bill review; another discussion of the Premier and pairs took place in May of this year: wake us up before you go-go.

Mr T.R. BUSWELL: […] The Premier went through a proper process; namely, he informed the opposition that he was seeking a pair. My understanding—perhaps the opposition Whip can correct me if I am wrong—is that the opposition approved the pair. I assume the opposition approved the pair because members opposite are of the view, as am I, that the Premier’s attendance tomorrow at the Australia in China’s Century Conference in Sydney is important to the state of Western Australia.

Mr D.A. Templeman: That’s why we gave him the pair. The problem is, the Premier doesn’t tell all the information about when he’s attending certain events. We weren’t to know it was 1.30 tomorrow afternoon. Why couldn’t he leave after question time today?

The SPEAKER: Thank you, member!

Mr D.A. Templeman: That’s a simple fact. We also know the Premier goes to Lionel Ritchie concerts under the guise of going to a function. How can we trust him?

The SPEAKER: Member for Mandurah!

Mr J.R. Quigley: Lionel Ritchie! Who goes to a Lionel Ritchie concert?

The SPEAKER: If members want the motion to proceed, I suggest a little more silence. Member for Mandurah, I formally call you to order twice. You knew what you were doing, member for Mandurah; you absolutely knew what you were doing. Member for Mindarie, I formally call you to order for the first time today as well.

Mr T.R. BUSWELL: Thank you, Mr Speaker. I nearly got blown off my feet!

Mr M.P. Murray: It wouldn’t be the first time.

Mr T.R. BUSWELL: That was from the front though!

Subject: James Larsson and Jake Smith – Resignation Payouts [Legislative Assembly – Motion]

Date: 13 September 2012

Hansard reference: p. 5836 [online (pdf)]

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