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29 November, 2012
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Hon SIMON O’BRIEN: […] The meaning of the term “appropriate” is clearly the normal definition of the term. I do not believe we have attempted to define it in any of the material—not in the explanatory memorandum and certainly not in the bill—so it is a question of what is deemed appropriate as negotiated by those two ministers and then, of course, approved by the cabinet processes of the day. I am sure members can imagine all the various criteria that would be seen as achieving the definition of “appropriate”—it would be the balance between population, remoteness of regions, assessment of need and all the rest of it.

Hon LINDA SAVAGE: I am certainly not suggesting that it would be spent on anything inappropriate; I just wondered if the government had put its mind to how it would be divided, given, of course, that it refers specifically to the metropolitan area and the regions. Am I to take it, then, that there is not any particular division envisaged and that that will be really entirely up to the two ministers in reaching their agreement?

Hon Ken Travers: That will be about the fifth term of the McGowan Labor government so it will be appropriate!

Hon Norman Moore: Don’t worry; we’ll still be here.

Hon Ken Travers: Are you going to do a Colin Barnett?

Hon Norman Moore: After this I’m going to make a comeback.

Hon Ken Travers: Have they found you a lower house seat?

Hon Norman Moore: I’m going to come back in 2032 to spend the money.

The DEPUTY CHAIR (Hon Alyssa Hayden): Order, members! We have only a few moments left.

Hon SIMON O’BRIEN: In addition to the stewardship of the Leader of the House deep into the future to monitor these matters, it is important to note that the government today has no intention, as the sponsor of this future fund, to tie the hands of those who will have to make decisions in the future with unnecessary prescription, beyond that which we have discussed in the second reading debate.

Subject: Western Australian Future Fund Bill 2012 [Legislative Council – Committee]

Date: 14 November 2012

Hansard reference: p. 8540 [online (pdf)]

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