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26 September, 2012
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Bonus post for today (26 September) – this was originally queued for later in the week, but since this exchange was also featured in Inside Cover today we’ve brought it forward and will run another quote on Friday:

Mr J.R. QUIGLEY: […] The Premier gives us only approximations. If he went into the Clarkson branch of the ANZ, the conversation with the bank manager would go along these lines: “What are your existing liabilities?” The Premier would say, “I’m not going to build a house; I’m going to build a football stadium.” “How much is that going to cost?” “Sky-high of a billion.” “Have you got any other liabilities?” “Oh, yeah, I’m going to make a great big waterway down there in the CBD.” “How much is that going to cost you?” “Between half a billion and a billion, boss.”

Ms M.M. Quirk: Northwards.

Mr J.R. QUIGLEY: That is right. I thought the member was talking about my electorate! It will be north of half a billion or nearly $1 billion. “But, sir,” the Premier will say, “I want to borrow more to start a savings account so they will all think I’m a wise little squirrel who’s hiding my nuts.” What the Premier is doing is transparent.

Dr A.D. Buti: I hope not!

Mr J.R. QUIGLEY: Like all squirrels, he will be discreet about where he squirrels it away.
The Premier is relying on the time between now and the election not being enough time for the general public to get a real grip on this sleight of hand. That is the same thing he did with prostitution. He hoped the public would not get a grip on that either.

Mr T.R. Buswell: Is that a squirrel grip?

Mr J.R. QUIGLEY: I think the Premier has the Treasurer by one this time because no self-respecting Treasurer would sign up for this silly plan to borrow money to start a savings account. What a thing to do!

Subject: Western Australian Future Fund Bill 2012 [Legislative Assembly – Second Reading]

Date: 20 September 2012

Hansard reference: p. 6329 [online (pdf)]

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