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13 November, 2012

In 2007 a similar interjection was followed by a ruling in the other direction – see ‘we just don’t know’.

Mr C.J. BARNETT: Okay. Let us hear about Tony Solin. […]
I think he is a terrific candidate! No wonder the member for Mandurah is worried! Was the member for Mandurah not a pelican? When he came in here, we tried to establish whether his previous job was as a pelican!

Mr D.A. Templeman: A fantastic candidate? He lives in Rockingham! He’s not been anywhere!

The ACTING SPEAKER: Thank you, member!

Mr C.J. BARNETT: For the last two weeks, the prime focus of the Labor Party has been to try to protect the fumbling, failing, fallible member for Mandurah—and he is looking pretty ordinary at the moment. He is looking very, very ordinary.

Mr D.A. Templeman interjected.

The ACTING SPEAKER: Member for Mandurah, I am calling you for the third time. I am asking that you keep your comments to yourself. There is six minutes left on your side.

Point of Order

Mr M. McGOWAN: Once again, the Premier is launching personal insults. He referred to the member for Mandurah—I kid you not, Mr Acting Speaker—as a “pelican”. I ask whether that language is parliamentary. Also, the convention in this house, of which you may not be aware, Mr Acting Speaker, is that when a member attacks another member, that member is allowed to respond.

Several members interjected.

The ACTING SPEAKER (Mr I.M. Britza): Members, there is no point of order. We are thick-skinned here. I have heard names being called this week that certainly I would regard as unparliamentary. That is not unparliamentary. If members are going to interject, I believe they should wait for their opportunity to do so, and do so accordingly.

Debate Resumed

Mr C.J. BARNETT: We will move on from birds, but there is nothing wrong with dressing up as a pelican; I like pelicans! If the Leader of the Opposition thinks “pelican” is insulting, I think he needs to just toughen up a little—eh? You know; just a little bit.

Subject: Peel Health Campus – Health Solutions (WA) – Government Involvement [Legislative Assembly – Matter of Public Interest]

Date: 8 November 2012

Hansard reference: pp. 8255-8256 [online (pdf)]

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