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31 December, 2013

Mr P.C. TINLEY: The guiding theme of this returned government is just the election win. The guiding set of values and principles of this group of people is just to preserve the status quo of making sure that there is an in-tray. If, for example, they had a very big agenda or a very big idea about where they want to take this place called Western Australia, why is it that we are sitting here, in our second week of Parliament, with not one bill to contemplate? Not one bill has been laid on the table. There is no legislative agenda that follows on naturally from the big grand vision that the Premier presented to the people of Western Australia. There is nothing. The notice paper should be groaning with what is on the agenda for us to deliver for the people of Western Australia. Look at the notice paper! It is one piece of paper, single-sided. It could have been printed on a piece of B5!

Dr A.D. Buti: Double space!

Mr P.C. TINLEY: Triple space! It is not even signed! When we left this place at the end of the thirty-eighth Parliament, the notice paper was some 20 pages long, double-sided, tight as, replete with the ambitions of this side of the house and the ambitions of that side of the house. But now we have nothing. The government did not even reinstate all the bills on the notice paper. It could have done that. It could have reinstated all the bills by means of a couple of motions. But it did not do any of that. So, here we are, out in the west, drifting along, rudderless, not sure of where we are going, at the whim and whimsy of the winds that prevail through Asia and through our communities and our society. We are just drifting along, wondering. We are wondering about what is going to happen when floating LNG happens and we get none of it. We are wondering about when the Premier is going to call time on Oakajee and be honest with the people and say that Oakajee—one of the masthead beliefs or signature policy ideas that he would like to lay claim to—is dead. We are wondering about where the gas pipeline development is. We are wondering about when the Ord River is going to deliver the food bowl—the food bowl, not the sandalwood bowl —

Ms R. Saffioti: Not the sugar bowl!

Mr P.C. TINLEY: Not the sugar bowl, not the corn bowl —

Mr D.A. Templeman: Not the rose bowl.

Mr P.C. TINLEY: We could probably do roses. We could probably do roses in the Ord.

Ms M.M. Quirk: No; too many insects.

Mr P.C. TINLEY: Yes; aphids.

Subject: Address-in-Reply [Legislative Assembly – Motion]

Date: 7 May 2013

Hansard reference: p. 241 [online (pdf)]

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