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the final countdown (v-a)

27 September, 2013

Two final posts for the day before the Grand Final, both from last week in the WA Legislative Council – due to our policy of not quoting from uncorrected Hansard, any new comments from this week just gone won’t feature here until the end of the day or next week. More halcyon days of Fremantle football history are related in this first post:

Hon SIMON O’BRIEN: […] In conclusion, the government and its budget are being contemplated at a time when things are perhaps not going as well as members of the government would like. It is at such time that people such as me, who support the government, have to stand up and say they support it, even if it is not fashionable to do so, and constructively offer advice. I will be offering a lot more privately to members of the government if they have enough brains to accept some advice, and I think most of them have. I know what it is like to be down in the political game. I was a foundation member of the Fremantle Dockers.

Several members interjected.

Hon SIMON O’BRIEN: Members should save their sympathy. I do not need it. Saturday is coming. I know what it is like to sit there in my seat, season after season with my heart in my mouth watching Scotty Chisholm take the kick out after the other mob had scored a point. It did not matter how fast they ran around, he could hit them on the chest. I have seen defeat snatched from the gaping jaws of victory but I retain an optimism about that team because I know it can dig deep and overcome adversity and rise to the top. It has done it before and it will do it again, just the same as the team that I support here in this Parliament. Good luck to the government.

Hon Ken Travers: I hope they’re going to have a better week than your team in Parliament had.

Hon SIMON O’BRIEN: That is perhaps something for next week. For Saturday, go Dockers and send Sydney back to where they belong.

Subject: Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure [Legislative Council – Consideration of Tabled Papers]

Date: 19 September 2013

Hansard reference: p. 4448 [online (pdf)]

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