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11 December, 2013

In case you were wondering if early parliamentary proceedings provide the same possibilities for entertaining material as the contemporary example…

The WA Parliament has made its archival Hansard available for searching on its website, going all the way back to 1870. While I can’t promise regular excursions back into previous centuries, occasional historical digressions will be made (particularly if we’re short for 2013 material over summer). Today’s bonus post (there’s a regular one scheduled for later on today) takes us to January 1902:

HON. T. F. O. BRIMAGE: […] Mr. Justice Hensman is an elderly gentleman, who cannot, after his long years of service, be expected to undergo the fatigues of rough travelling on the goldfields. (Some laughter.) It is all very well for the Hon. R. S. Haynes to laugh. He would laugh at anything. He would laugh at a monkey on a stick.

HON. R. S. HAYNES: You are not on a stick just now.

HON. T. F. O. BRIMAGE: I want Mr. Haynes to keep quiet. He is the jester of the House, and a very jolly fellow, and all that; but I want to talk common sense to-night.

HON. R. S. HAYNES: You had better begin again, then.

Subject: Fourth Judge Appointment Bill [Legislative Council – Second Reading]

Date: 21 January 1902

Hansard reference: p. 2379 [online (pdf)]

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Jessica McLeod permalink
    11 December, 2013 7:42 pm


  2. Tim permalink*
    11 December, 2013 10:18 pm

    Thank you! More historical Hansard will appear soon, I think…


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