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23 January, 2014

MR D.A. TEMPLEMAN (Mandurah) [1.23 pm]: I have now been incited to stand in this place. With all due respect, I hope the member for Joondalup has not set himself up. I have a sense that he has set himself up. He may like to escape the chamber!

Mr P.B. Watson: He’s just run out of the chamber; he’s scared of you!

Mr D.A. TEMPLEMAN: He scurried out of the chamber as quickly as he possibly could! I was almost going to call a quorum for him to have more members on his side listen to his contribution. I can almost imagine the Minister for Finance and the Treasurer discussing how they would handle the introduction of this Duties Legislation Amendment Bill 2013. They would have said, “We have to get a couple of our ducks up. We need a couple of ducks who are going to defend this, because they’re going to be shot at. There’s going to be open duck season on this one because this is one you can’t sell. This is a dead duck to sell!” This duties bill, as we know, is the first substantial bill introduced by the new government and it is a dead duck. It is an absolute dead piece of poultry. The Treasurer and the Minister for Finance would have said, “What do we have to do? We have to find a couple of young, inexperienced ducks on our side who do not quite know the flight path and gee them up to defend this bill.” I reckon just at that moment in flew the duck from Joondalup. There he was; he flew in. He is a lovely bloke; he is a lovely man, but he flew in —

Point of Order

Mr J.M. FRANCIS: I have seen time and again members on the other side take offence and ask members on my side to withdraw comments relating another member of Parliament to the likeness of an animal. I would say that to suggest the member for Joondalup is a duck is a continuation of that sentiment and I ask that Madam Acting Speaker ask the member for Mandurah to withdraw that analogy.

The ACTING SPEAKER (Ms J.M. Freeman): Thank you for the point of order, member for Jandakot. I was actually going to caution the member for Mandurah that members in this house should be called by their seat and not be impugned by character. I think there is quite a bit of latitude, but I ask that the member for Mandurah respect that standing order.

Debate Resumed

Mr D.A. TEMPLEMAN: Of course I will, Madam Acting Speaker.

Mr P.B. Watson interjected.

The ACTING SPEAKER: Member for Albany.

Mr D.A. TEMPLEMAN: The fact is that the Minister for Finance and the Treasurer said that they needed a couple of ducks who would be able to try to sell this “poultry” piece of legislation. That is what they wanted.

Subject: Duties Legislation Amendment Bill 2013 [Legislative Assembly – Second Reading]

Date: 12 June 2013

Hansard reference: p. 1360 [online (pdf)]

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