Asleep before he even got to the wheel

The longer we go without Carps, the less I miss him, but the Barnett Government has been a revelation. You can understand a Government being accused of being asleep at the wheel after several terms, but I’ve never heard of one falling asleep as it was taking power.  It seems that Colin is having it both ways (as they do in Asia), becoming Premier and going into retirement at the same time. And the first time he wakes up from his ancient slumber, he finds Noel Chriton Brown syphoning his petrol, helped by one of his own ministers.

Fly me to the midwest

Fly me to the midwest

What happened to this young go-getter in the picture? I quite like the asleep at the wheel approach in some ways. The best thing about the Barnett Government is the things they’re not going to do, particularly the foreshore embarrassment, and not giving money to country bumpkins after all. Not doing those two are worth a lot. Snatching the theatre from Heath Ledger’s dead hands was pretty good too.

I am actually more scared of Colin doing something. Why is he threatening to stick his clumsy hands back into resources and the midwest, when he was a complete disaster in the Court Government? Everything he touched in resources fell into an expensive heap. And why throw money down the toilet that is the midwest? The Sydney preferred to sink with all hands rather than visit Geraldton, and the Chinese won’t want that poor grade iron ore now anyway.

On the other hand, Carps was a bit of a “New Bastard.”

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143 Responses to Asleep before he even got to the wheel

  1. Frank Calabrese says:

    he finds Noel Chriton Brown

    It’s Noel Chrichton-Browne :-)

    And he’s ensured that young Albert the schoolboy will be a one term wonder by dumping the rail line to Butler, as well as the new Liberal member for Wanneroo, and maybe the Member for Swan Hills if he dumps the Ellenbrook line, the latter I will do my hardest to ensure it becomes a reality (the defeat of Frank Alban that is) :-)

    But a least the V8 supercars Bogan is happy, as Colin will make his dream a reality.

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  2. Oh and thanks to MyNing for digging out that picture.

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  3. skink says:

    I saw that they are making noises about buying back Alinta gas, and trying not to mention that it was Barney that privatised it in the first place.

    as I have said before, the Libs will be crying “we’re all doomed” for twelve months, ditching all their spending promises because of the looming recession and Brendon’s Blackmail, and then in their first budget will slash payroll tax, because that’s what the 500 Club told them to do.

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  4. Tony T says:

    A friend of mine once got on the piss and then jumped in his car to drive home, but instead of becoming a menace on the road, he fell asleep at the wheel in the driveway.

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  5. Tony T says:

    Oh.

    Don’t drink and drive.

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  6. he finds Noel Chriton Brown
    As with Pam Casselllas, I write his name a different way every time. I like to leave out the hyphen he’s so proud of.

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  7. And is Colin’s tie a piece of pub carpet?

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  8. Barney says:

    I can confirm that this government will extend its “Won’t do” attitude to the Butler train. My advisors woke me up to tell me that they had never heard of Butler, that it must be in the country, and therefore falls into our “not giving bumpkins money after all” policy.

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  9. Carps says:

    Well exactly. At least we did things. The wrong things yes, but we did them.

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  10. Bill O"Slatter says:

    or you could spell it Grytpype-Thynne. As for Barnsie he’s awake at the wheel of his super.

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  11. skink says:

    Young Albert BoyBand was in the paper this morning.

    in his maiden speech he said: “Firstly I would like to thank God for what I believe to be a divine opportunity.”

    the Devil has since demanded a recount in Ocean Reef.

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  12. skink says:

    when asked to comment on his intervention in the Ocean Reef election, God replied:

    “actually, I was barracking for that blonde honey that Carps put up, so I’m buggered if I know how that kid with the daft haircut got in. I fucking hate Liberals, they seem to have forgotten my spiel about the camel and the eye of the needle.”

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  13. wasn’t it “eye of the doodle”?

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  14. Cookster says:

    According to a highly credible online poll, 61% of West Australians think the Perth waterfront “is in dire need of an extreme makeover”.

    Only 13% say “leave it as it is”.

    I think She-Ra will grow tired of taking visiting overseas dignitaries for a tour of the Bell Tower and a shandy at the Lucky Shag very, very quickly.

    TLA, do you captain one of the softball teams that takes to the Perth front lawn every weekend?

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  15. I don’t say leave it alone, only why have something so stupid as we were offered.

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  16. My Ning says:

    Funny you should mention the mid west Mr LA … when Barnett was pushing the mooted Oakajee port in the second half of the 1990s, he effectively put the development of the whole region on hold as he spruiked a steel mill which didn’t even have JORC compliant iron ore resources (the fucking clown even promised a minimal $1.5 billion budget for this – to be provided by us poor taxpayers).

    Come Labor post 2001 and Geraldton got the southern transport corridor, a beautification of the western side of Marine Terrace, the provision of two way traffic access at the western end of Fitgerald Street (and that, believe me, was a planning decision of simple, yet monumental economic and social proportions – something the town council couldn’t muster when it was controlled by the Liberal stalwarts of Cooper, Greyson, Ramich and Money during the Court/Bloffwitch reign) as well as a new surf lifesaving club.

    As resources minister, Barnett screwed the mid west – pure and simple. In the eys of these country bumpkins he should be seen as nothing short of a disgrace. The only bigger political insult is the pisspoor Labor Party, which is so ineffective that it didn’t have the nouse to remind the electorate of what a political moron Barnett really is during the September election.

    Interestingly, the Barnster is now trying it on again, insisting that the Federal Government throw Commonwealth monies at Oakajee after the Carpenter Government put a private consortium in place to build the fucking thing. I thought the Libs were all for private ownership!

    Maybe Barnett is really a secret xenophobe who doesn’t want Jap ownership of what should be state assets. Funny that – he didn’t seem too concerned when he increased WA’s soverign risk investment profile after diddling the yanks over the sale of the Dampier to Bunbury Dampier gas pipeline while a Court Government minister.

    And while we’re here – let’s get rid of Ripper. Having him as alternative leader is almost as offensive as having Barnett as the premier.

    Also, finally, did anyone read in The Worst yesterday about how Wilson Tuckey, who also represents the interests of the mid west, got ejected from federal parliament once again for being a compelete dick? Any one who votes for this hideous being really does deserve a representative whose claim to fame is that he earned his generaous superannuation allowance by acting like a stupid, spoilt schoolboy brat.

    The mid west rejected Labor at the last election and is now stuck with the Barnett-Tuckey combo. By electing these intelligence-insulting fuckers, the region truly does have the government it deserves.

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  17. forkboy says:

    Lazy – Im shocked and disgusted that the “It seems that Colin is having it both ways (as they do in Asia)” comment was NOT a referance to the current political storm in Malaysia involving opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim. At least have the decency to inform your readers of the truth about the Premier and Cabinet……and not some smoke screen hiding their sexuality.

    You all need to wake up and smell the corflute……Hippies!

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  18. Rolly says:

    Cookster

    “According to a highly credible online poll, 61% of West Australians think the Perth waterfront “is in dire need of an extreme makeover”. ”

    Not wrong. A good start could be made by demolishing the skyline of sepulcher-like buildings (humouristically referred to as “the CBD” ) that so spoil the view from the South.

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  19. forkboy says:

    Rolly – “spoil the view from the south”…….I thought the southern zombies are only intertested in consuming “BRAINS!” also sadly lacking in the CBD….and didnt give a flying fuck about the view?…..strange days man….strange days…

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  20. Orbea says:

    My Ning – awesome memory, or is it notes?

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  21. MyNing has a memory like an iron boot AND all the notes. There’s not one Barnett cock-up he doesn’t remember in fine detail.

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  22. poor lisa says:

    I want to know who’s got the numbers.

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  23. Bento says:

    Have all you people forgotten Barney’s recent ‘shirt and jacket for gentlemen’ directive??

    That was the sort of no-nonsense, fearless policy statement this state has been crying out for. You Metrocentric Twats (TM) are all clearly out of touch with what the battlers want from their leaders.

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  24. skink says:

    looking at that phot, I never noticed before that Barney has a lazy eye.

    it goes well with his lazy arse

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  25. Frank Calabrese says:

    I saw that they are making noises about buying back Alinta gas, and trying not to mention that it was Barney that privatised it in the first place.

    And in Today’s West (not online) Peter Collier was blaming the ABC for “Fabricating the Story”.

    Sheesh – They got stung, so they blame the meeja. And Norman Moore whinging about having his photo taken in a public place without permission, and when told it was legal, he said – “It’s a dumb law”

    What a precious little wanker.

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  26. That eye was going to sleep even back then.

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  27. Del Quant says:

    Every time new Environment minister Ginger Meadows is challenged in the Council about the conflict of interest arising from the fact that her husband is employed by Woodside, she gives the old “I told the Premier about it upfront when he offered me the job” routine. It’s kind of ironic that even she seems unaware that he obviously already knew – that’s precisely why the cunt gave her the gig in the first fucking place.

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  28. Del Quant says:

    Sorry, I meant Amber Waves. Ginger Meadows was a Seppo tourist eaten by a saltwater croc in the Kimberley during the 80s.

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  29. Orbea says:

    Amber Waves?
    Is that the pr0n or the goats?
    http://www.amberwavessite.com/
    http://www.amberwavespygmygoats.com/

    No conflict of interest with Woodside there.

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  30. skink says:

    I happened to be standing next to Morman Moore in someone’s kitchen a few weeks back.

    that’s exciting, isn’t it?

    he was boasting to some little party gopher that they wouldn’t have any problem dealing with Brendon since he was still wet behind the ears

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  31. Del Quant says:

    She’s got goat hooves, but I’m pretty sure any wood in the immediate vicinity would have to be purely coincidental.

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  32. Barney says:

    My eye is “retiring”, not lazy.

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  33. I’m rather dissappointed no-one has objected to “The Sydney preferred to sink with all hands rather than visit Geraldton”.

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  34. Bill O"Slatter says:

    If anybody is having trouble following Del Quant’s line of thought the person to whom he is referring is the Honourable Donna Faragher (Farrago ?) MEd(Hons) BA(Hons) GradDipEd JP MLC.
    The things you can do with a BA.

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  35. Del Quant says:

    Yes, so much time wasted in study – I’d have thought the Woodside connection and being the offspring of two Plods would’ve been all the qualification necessary to be an upper house Tory.

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  36. David Cohen says:

    Cookster, have you lined up the Premier, the Hyphen and Norman Moore to man the counters for McHappy Day??

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  37. My Ning says:

    Mr LA

    I would’ve raised an objection to the navy comment, but it must be remembered that the Sydney crew chose not to go to Carnarvon either.

    As for Mr Skink’s last entry vis-a-vis stormin’ Norman in the kitchen, I can go one better – he was my headmaster in grade six. That’s explains why he’s such a boring, patronising arsehole – he’s a Liberal politician with nothing more than a pissant teachers’ degree that was issued sometime before 1975. Jeezus – imagine if someone with that pedigree tried to teach the kiddies of today. Hang on, wait a minute – it’s happening now, and we are the kiddies.

    Fuck it – we should bring back Richard Court as well…..

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  38. Captain of Sydney. “Raise hands, who’s for Canarvon? Who’s for Geraldton? Davy Jones it is then. Those midwest cocksuckers won’t see a penny of our R&R money. See how that affects industrial and prostitution development over the next 70 years.”

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  39. skink says:

    MyNing @ ?

    (what happened to the numbers? now I know what Lisa was talking about – I thought she was hinting that Barney might get spilled in the party room)

    Norm being a headmaster explains the moustache. It’s the sort of ‘tache only worn by headmasters, parking inspectors, paedophiles, and RSL commitee members.

    you are not allowed to wear a mo like that unless matching it with a blue blazer with gold buttons.

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  40. Someone should send your kitchen quote to brendon.

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  41. Oh, the numbers. i don’t know. it’s annoying. Will look at the forum tonight.

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  42. That’s penthouse forum obviously.

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  43. In google search results. “crap work done on our patio perth”

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  44. poor lisa says:

    I’m only ever interested in the numbers, not complex policy discussions such as whether Geraldton is a worse shithole than Carnarvon.

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  45. Bento says:

    Who needs Penthouse Forum when you’ve got Vic?

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  46. skink says:

    somehow I think that Brendon may have already got a fair idea of the Libs opinion of him.

    I am starting to like Brendon. clearly ‘wet behind the ears’ is a Lib euphemism for ‘still refuses to do NCB’s dirty work’

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  47. colonel blimp says:

    I beg your pardon? Me, the minister for energy? sell my ENERGY shares and lose one HUNDred dollars on paper? Are you MADD? And put that camera away, before I send you to coventry.

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  48. Bento says:

    Skink – you only like Brendon because it has become apparent that he is not able to hold us to ransom. He’s like the cuddly bumpkin who just likes footy and a beer, and talking about rain.

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  49. skink says:

    exactly – you just want to pinch his cheeks and muss his hair

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  50. I stood next to Brendon in the urinal the other night at an awards night and let me say there’s a LOT to like about the man….speech impediment or not. Eeorrrrrrrr

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  51. Cingiali says:

    LA
    I reckon the one to watch, the roughie or ‘sleeper’ if you will, is Michael Sutherland, not only Deputy Mayor to She-Ra, but also now Part-Time Member for Mt Lawley. One would assume someone with two such lofty roles would be highly capable – however my sources suggest otherwise. Apparently he is a “great advocate for people of South African origin”. Us (lazy) Aussies, be very afraid. I’m willing to take bets he will have a Worst of his own before Christmas.

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  52. Cingiali says:

    By the way LA don’t feel so bad about the spelling, it’s even spelled two different ways in HANSARD!


    MR NOEL CRICHTON-BROWNE
    PetitionPetition

    HON NORMAN MOORE (Mining and Pastoral — Leader of the House) [4.03 pm]: I present a petition containing one signature and couched in the following terms —
    To the President and Members of the Legislative Council of the Parliament of Western Australia in Parliament assembled.
    A Petition praying for relief
    Noel Asheley Crighton-Browne

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  53. Frank Calabrese says:

    This is a long one, but here is Albert Boy Band’s Maiden Speech.

    MR A.P. JACOB (Ocean Reef) [8.00 pm]: It is with significant honour that I rise to make my first speech in the Western Australian Legislative Assembly. Mr Speaker, may I begin by offering my congratulations to you on your election to the office of Speaker of the Assembly, and I wish you well. I extend my congratulations to all members elected on 6 September; in particular, those elected for the first time. I also extend my appreciation to the Clerk of the house and to his staff for their assistance and advice since my election.

    I also thank the people of the electorate of Ocean Reef for the faith that they have placed in me by electing me as their representative. Ocean Reef is a brand-new seat. I am deeply honoured to be the inaugural member of an electoral area that I have had a strong affinity with my whole life. The seat of Ocean Reef follows approximately 10 kilometres of the northern metropolitan coastline. The electorate is located within the City of Joondalup and runs up the coast from Pinnaroo Point in the south through to the local government boundary with the City of Wanneroo north of Burns Beach. In many ways Ocean Reef is a coastal electorate and much of the lifestyle is based around the beach and marine activity. Boat ownership is high, and there is a strong need to develop better facilities to accommodate this. In particular, a statewide shortage of boat pens is being felt strongly in the seat of Ocean Reef. A range of other facilities will also need to be provided, not only for boat owners but also for the broader community in how they interface with the ocean. A particular project that has the support of the majority of the Ocean Reef community and one that I will continue to strongly champion is the redevelopment of the Ocean Reef marina. This facility can produce solutions to both of these challenges and provide a world-class development for the residents of Ocean Reef and beyond while meeting the current and future needs of the broader boating community. Boating can often be a hazardous activity, and it requires extra precautions to ensure public safety. In providing for this, Ocean Reef is proudly home to the Whitfords Volunteer Sea Rescue Group, which is the largest metropolitan volunteer sea rescue in the state. Whitfords performs nearly 400 vital rescues a year on an entirely voluntary basis.

    Issues with the fishing industry are also particularly relevant to the seat of Ocean Reef and often form a big part of coastal and boating activity. I recognise that there is a need to not only protect ecological fish stocks, but also accommodate recreational fishermen. Recreational fishing needs to be balanced with the livelihoods of commercial fishing operators. Geographical locale and an affinity with the coast aside, what makes Ocean Reef an electorate is the uniqueness of the people who live there. Every person who resides within those boundaries gives the seat its identity, and it is the trust that they have placed in me that allows me to be here today. I once again thank my electors for their confidence in me.

    Both my wife and I grew up in and around this area and have attended numerous local groups and functions, including the sea sports club, the Mullaloo Surf Life Saving Club, local church events, sports associations and senior citizens groups. In recent years as the local ward councillor I have also enjoyed the privilege of attending and speaking at many school graduations as well as meeting local P&C presidents and other local community representatives. These opportunities have given me the chance to not only meet many people within the electorate of Ocean Reef, but also gain an insight into the concerns and issues of the area and an appreciation and affection for my electors, who are also my neighbours.

    It would not be possible to generalise on the communities that I represent. Many people have come to Western Australia from overseas and many were born here. The electorate includes people of all ages, walks of life and backgrounds. Similarly, my electors have already begun to highlight to me many varied concerns and issues, and I look forward to working with them to meet these challenges. One thing that is of particular note is that the people of Ocean Reef are quick to give up their time as volunteers. Having mentioned the volunteer sea rescue, I also wish to pay credit to our other volunteers. Indeed, we have seen such a volunteer turnout that some groups, such as the Mullaloo Surf Life Saving Club, have to put prospective members on a waiting list because there are more people who want to join in than the club has the capacity to accommodate. Ocean Reef has a wealth of volunteers in just about every area imaginable. The spirit in which so many residents of Ocean Reef give up their time to be available wherever there is a need is something that I would like to pay special tribute to today. To the people of Ocean Reef, I once again affirm that I will work tirelessly as your local representative in state Parliament to combat crime and hoons in the local community and to ensure that our hospitals, schools, transport and other infrastructure projects receive much-needed funding. I look forward to working to ensure the electorate of Ocean Reef continues to be the best place in Australia to live, work and raise a family.

    In speaking to the Assembly today, I have the opportunity to share a bit about myself and the circumstances and choices that have led me to be here today. At 28, I am the youngest member of the thirty-eighth Parliament and the youngest Liberal elected to the Western Australia Parliament in over 50 years. I initially grew up in rural Wanneroo, where my parents were small business owners, running a successful machine tools business that mainly serviced the mining industry. The demands of the business meant that the daily upkeep of our small citrus farm was often the responsibility of my six siblings and me, which gave me an appreciation of the value of hard work, cooperation and discipline from a very young age. After finishing high school I worked as a tree surgeon and horticulturalist for a number of years. It was during this time that I met my wife Cecylia, who is now a clinical nurse in the critical care unit at Joondalup Health Campus. After we married I returned to study as a mature age student, completing a Bachelor of Environmental Design at the University of Western Australia. While undertaking my studies, I realised that if I wanted to see my community change for the better, I needed to stand up to effect that change. This motivated me to successfully stand for the City of Joondalup Council in the North Central Ward. The philosophy of standing up to be part of the change that I wish to see is what motivated me to successfully stand for both my local council and as a candidate for my state electorate.

    In sharing my own history, I am especially honoured that today, Remembrance Day, is the day that I have the opportunity to give my first speech in this house. This is a day that holds two separate meanings for me, both deeply personal, yet both meanings have profoundly shaped who I am. The first is the meaning that I share with the rest of our community, that today is a day to commemorate the sacrifices of members of the armed forces and civilians in times of war, specifically since the First World War. On my mother’s side, my Australian heritage goes back to the convict Cornelius Crawley, who was shipped to Australia in the early days of settlement. Successive Crawleys have proudly served our country as Anzacs throughout our nation’s conflicts, including both world wars. This day is an opportunity for me to remember and acknowledge them, none more so than my uncle Paul, who was killed in action in Vietnam on 6 June 1970 while serving with the 7th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment. The liberties that they stood for are the very freedoms that allow me to stand here today as a member of this Parliament. Today being Remembrance Day brings to mind for me the motto of the Returned and Services League of Australia that the price of liberty is eternal vigilance, and this is no less true here in Parliament. Our liberties and freedoms depend on men and women of good character who will stand in these chambers and fight for those liberties.

    We are a nation that was founded on principles; a peace-loving nation that was formed with a vote and not a war. I believe this to be a fundamental foundation by which we can claim to be a peace-loving nation. However, returning to that motto, I am profoundly humbled that my forefathers were prepared to do whatever it took to maintain and defend this liberty. I am deeply thankful that the fruits of their sacrifices can be enjoyed by us today. I believe this to be the conviction that we should carry forward as members of Parliament who will often be faced with difficult decisions. As a member of this Parliament, I will endeavour to remain true to my core values and make my decisions because I believe them to be right, whether or not they are popular. The results of the decisions that we make today will be measured in the decades to come. It is incumbent upon us to maintain this perspective as we grapple with immediate challenges.

    For me, the second meaning of Remembrance Day is the more personal of the two, but equally significant. In the Flanders poppy, the icon of this day, there is for me the symbolism and synergy of my Flemish ancestry. I am the first of the Jacob family to have been born in Australia. Before this the Jacobs have lived in Flanders as far back as we can trace. I honour the courage that it took my father to relocate his young family to Western Australia, knowing nobody and speaking very little English. He came searching for a way of life and the opportunities that a growing and diverse state could offer. Whilst he embraced citizenship as quickly as he could, as with most migrant families we retain a strong sense of pride and connection with that heritage we share with other parts of the world. So for me the Flanders poppy not only represents the remembrance of our Australian Anzac heritage, but also recalls the Flanders fields, which much of my family has called home for many generations, and is in remembrance of my father, a Flemish serviceman who has since passed.

    As I begin to serve Ocean Reef as a state member of Parliament, I believe that I have been well prepared as I have been very privileged to have represented much of this electorate in recent years as a local government councillor. My time on council has been an honour. The opportunity to make a difference in my local community has been an experience that has instilled in me the value of local representation. I have been amazed at how the responsibility of being a local elected representative has become such a passion and the driving force of motivation in my life. I have learnt the importance of having elected representatives who are there first and foremost to make decisions in the best interests of their electorate and not themselves. My time on council has given me an appreciation of the principles of good governance. I will commit myself in this role to growing in both my understanding and implementation of governance principles.

    I would like to use this opportunity today to also acknowledge and thank my fellow elected members and the staff of the City of Joondalup for their friendship and for everything that I have learnt from working with them. As I now embark on the new challenge of state Parliament, I am grateful for the foundation and the invaluable education that I have gained through my work on the Joondalup City Council. They have been the experiences that have helped to shape and prepare me to work for the seat of Ocean Reef and the state of Western Australia and to face the challenges that lie ahead.

    Other experiences that I believe will serve me well in this place are my background in architecture and planning. Having studied architecture at the University of Western Australia, worked for an architectural firm and through my role in local government, I bring to the Parliament particular technical skills in the areas of architecture, planning and development. I hope to use these skills to assist in the future growth and development of well-planned and sustainable urban communities across Western Australia and look forward to working in close association with key industry groups, including the Urban Development Institute of Australia, the Housing Industry Association and the Master Builders Association to ensure that quality affordable housing is available and that more efficient systems are in place for processing development approvals across all government agencies. This is a key area through which we can begin to address many of our urban sustainability challenges. Greater implementation of environmentally sensitive and sustainable design principles in both architecture and planning can help deliver a quality way of life that is far more energy efficient and environmentally responsible. In speaking specifically to Perth, our climatic conditions present opportunities to build smarter and more efficiently, with structures that respond to our local climate and reduce our reliance on artificial heating and cooling. Similarly, in urban planning, by creatively addressing our densities and zonings, we have the opportunity to achieve diverse yet quality planning outcomes that will also lead to a more sustainable city and state. However, as we strive for better outcomes, we must also ensure that supply meets demand and that homeownership remains an achievable target for everyday Western Australians.

    Whilst my background is more in the area of urban development, I would like to touch briefly on the development of our resource industry and the need for government to ensure reliable supplies of energy and water. Although I have limited involvement in this field, I realise the economic importance that the mining and resource industry has for the prosperity of Western Australia. As a person starting out in my parliamentary career, I will endeavour to develop a better understanding of the key issues by working closely with industry bodies, such as the Chamber of Minerals and Energy, the Australian Pipeline Industry Association and the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies. As a government, we need to work to remove the red tape and bureaucracy restricting the development of our resource industry, in particular the North West Shelf, to enable the development of additional gas fields such as Browse Basin.

    Another crucial responsibility of government that is of particular focus for me is the integrity of our society and the importance of promoting family values in public policy. I firmly believe that the strength of the traditional family unit is the best means by which our social fabric can be maintained and restored. I am deeply blessed to have grown up in a strong family unit. It was not perfect, because there are no perfect people, but my parents maintained a strong marriage, which, in turn, fostered a healthy family environment for me to grow up in, giving me the best possible foundation on which to build my life. I thank them for that. As a government, when faced with matters of social policy, we need to ensure that our decisions always foster and encourage the healthy family unit.

    As I begin to draw to a close, I express my appreciation to the many friends who volunteered their time and support so that I could be successfully elected and stand here today. I also take particular note of those people who have joined my wife in the public gallery tonight. Cecylia and I consider ourselves truly blessed that there are too many of you to name, but we will always remember and value the individual roles that each of you have played, and we are forever grateful.

    I would like to use this opportunity to briefly make some specific acknowledgments. Firstly, I would like to thank God for what I believe to be a divine opportunity. While I stand charged with a measure of authority, I will endeavour to exercise it with humility and in a considered manner. Secondly, I thank my beautiful wife, Cecylia. We have partnered in everything that we do and so much of my being here today can be attributed to you. I cannot thank you enough for the sacrifices that you have made so that we could be here today. Thirdly, I thank David and Cindy Harding, who first believed in Cecylia and me for this path and followed through with their support all the way. Fourthly, I acknowledge the wonderful friends we have made over the years in the Liberal Party who have supported us to be here today, in particular members of the Moore Division and its president, Councillor Ian Goodenough and his family. Fifthly, I thank both Cecylia and my family, in particular my mother, Julia, who constantly lives an example and is a great hero in my life. Finally, to my late father, Marc Jacob—your principles and your passion for WA politics have become my inheritance. My only regret is that you could not be here to see us today. I will always endeavour to heed my lessons, stay true to the principles that you instilled in me and be a son who you would be proud of.

    I will conclude with a quote from Abraham Lincoln that I believe will be relevant to my role as a member of the Legislative Assembly. He said —

    I never had a policy; I have just tried to do my very best each and every day.

    I wish all my fellow members well and I thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker, for this opportunity.

    [Applause.]

    http://www.parliament.wa.gov.au/hansard/hans35.nsf/(ATT)/34CD99DA724C597DC8257501001F1BAA/$file/A38+S1+20081111+p76b-119a.pdf

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  54. David Cohen says:

    “how they interface with the ocean”

    ???

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  55. I had him down as an Edith Cowan man myself.

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  56. He may need his own post.

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  57. skink says:

    clearly he went to wikiquote for his Lincoln,
    you have to admire a man that admits he has no policy or platform.

    architect? he was working as a tree surgeon according to his electoral biog

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  58. poor lisa says:

    Didn’t he have a feature spot on the worst of the election? Yeh I think he does need his own post. Worst Metrosexual Happy Clappy Christian Person Under 30 in Parliament

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  59. David Cohen says:

    here’s another politician getting all Abe-like:

    http://editorialcartoonists.com/cartoon/display.cfm/62519/

    (cartoon by David Cohen)

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  60. Frank Calabrese says:

    Colin trying to be cool with the Yoof on Nova 937.

    http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=YxbxHue7rSg

    No wonder 6IX is my station of choice :-)

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  61. Can I just come back from a media briefing at MyNing’s place and drunkenly make comments on Perth’s premier culture blog? Well course I can, it’s mine. no wait, what was I, ehm, Galliano Black was. No wait I know.

    What cunt brings in a jacket and tie policy for politicians, when from his photo it is obvious he doesn’t klnow a tie from a cunt ‘kini. No fuck it, it had to be said.

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  62. David Cohen says:

    TLA, it seems your briefs are medium. Goodnight!

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  63. The Howling Wolves. Aaaaaaaaooooooooooo!
    Aaaaaaaaaoooooo!

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  64. Del Quant says:

    Boy Band also forgot to thank American Crew, the ungrateful little shit.

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  65. poor lisa says:

    It’s not American Crew. I emailed him during the campaign to find out, and he graciously replied. I don’t think pollys are allowed to endorse products, only organisations (Hillsong; major Unions; etc)

    Hi Lisa.

    Thanks.

    In answer to your question, Redken rough paste.

    Kind regards,

    Albert

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  66. Del Quant says:

    Redken, of course. It’s probably unorthodox to direct a question without notice to a newly elected backbencher, but that might be a way for the opposition to find out his favourite colour and fast food.

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  67. Frank Calabrese says:

    Now this is a first – Barnett has released the transcript AND audio of his Doorstop today.

    http://www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au/Pages/Results.aspx?ItemID=130896

    Skink, go your hardest with those audio files :-)

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  68. My Ning says:

    “I agree it’s a public issue, but what has been done has been to the letter of the code.” – Barnett on Lee Moore’s shares during the above-mentioned doorstop.

    The Colster is showing just how pragmatic he can be with this one, but surely the question is this: how can a minister for mines and petroleum operate with any form of (much-needed) objectivity under these kinds of cicumstances?

    Or more to the point: how can he effectively run these important portfolios if he continually has to declare an interest and leave the room?

    I remember Ken Court joking about how his brother (Richard) would have to leave the room when discussions came up about Kingstream. The problem was it was no laughing matter – there were some big issues being discussed at the time that required the full attention of a treasurer.

    So the answer is really simple if Col’ wants Stormin’ Norman to stay on the team – give him another portfolio where there won’t be such a blatent conflict of interest.

    How can he not see this?

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  69. Frank Calabrese says:

    Or more to the point: how can he effectively run these important portfolios if he continually has to declare an interest and leave the room?

    But in the case of Yesterday’s Uranium Desicion he declared his interest and STAYED for the discussion.

    Oh and the same should apply to Donna Farragher and her Hubby working for Woodside, and even old Colster himself with his Daughter in Law being Mr Farragher’s boss at Woodside as well – how murky is this.

    Laabor had WA Inc, we now have WA Pty Ltd.

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  70. Rolly says:

    “There are none so Blind as Those that Will Not see”

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  71. skink says:

    ‘Redken’ ?

    is that made by former mayor of London ‘Red’ Ken Livingston?

    there is some irony in that, given Young Albert’s political leanings

    if he is a devout Christian, a social conservative interested in family values, and has no clue about politics, shouldn’t he have stood for Family First?

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  72. Del Quant says:

    No, because then he’d have to have a 70s-stylee John Denver side parting rather than a product-moulded boy band ‘do.

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  73. Bill O"Slatter says:

    Famous quotes from political idiots #1001
    “Minimal risk. Uranium…there are many far more volatile toxic or even dangerous products transported than yellowcake. A petrol tanker is of more danger and threat to the society than a truck load of yellowcake.” Yeah apart from the fact it can be converted into nuclear weapons ,no fucking wurries.

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  74. Midlandia says:

    So far, Barnett’s priorities appear to have been cracking down on pollies wearing jumpers in parliament, changing the Government’s logo, and defending a minister whose hands are so tied by conflict of interest, they resemble the Gordian knot.
    Furthermore, on Sky News as I speak, Barnett is predicting that Aboriginal communities will be awash with gambling and alcohol after the stimulus payments come through.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/11/18/2422967.htm

    Is it too late for WA to call for a ‘do over?’

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  75. Frank Calabrese says:

    Furthermore, on Sky News as I speak, Barnett is predicting that Aboriginal communities will be awash with gambling and alcohol after the stimulus payments come through.

    Ahh, good old Boong Bashing – the Liberal’s stock in trade. This will be music to Limpwrist’s ears and I predict it will be a main story in Tomorrow’s West – it would’ve been Page 1, but Ben Cousin’s upstaged him :-)

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  76. Sergej says:

    If you think My Ning’s got an encyclopaedic knowledge of every Barnett fuck up (14 November) don’t get that blogger started on The Sorcerer or Zappa.

    I blame the feminist film crit units we took together at uni. Or was it the beer before every single tute. Or maybe it was a combination of the beer and the joints …

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  77. skink says:

    I am actually in support of uranium mining, but am dumbfounded by the incompetence of how Barney announced the policy.

    there has been no thought given to how the mines will be regulated, and how the con will be transported and shipped. It was just a typical off the cuff policy change to grab a headline, with no substance or forethought.

    You might have imagined they would investigate the issue, discuss it with vested interests, environmental and public groups, maybe the federal resources and environment ministers, and then issue a well considered policy document complete with a development plan and framework.

    But no, Barney just fires a gun over his head and shouts “you’re off and running!”

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  78. My Ning says:

    Working out how to transport yellow cake in accordance with stakeholders’ wishes wouldn’t be that hard – all they would have to do is look at the frameworks in place in the NT (for Ranger/Jabiluka) and South Australia (Olympic Dam).

    Putting in rules to stop some of the water contamination issues, however, is probably another story.

    In relation to the first point, the problem is historically the WA government (of both persuasions), despite administering the country’s biggest mining state, is well behind other state governments (and that of the NT) when it comes to a slew of mineral-related issues – including resolving land access problems and providing a reasonably smooth regulatory environment in which to work.

    This in itself does not auger well for the effective establishment of a possible uranium mining sector.

    No doubt Stormin’ “Sharesgate”Norman is going to have to start working some late hours if he’s to wrap his brain around this one.

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  79. Bill O"Slatter says:

    Yes Skink whichever side you are on in the Uranium debate this is no way to run it. Barnsie has shown no evidence that he understands the argument for or against Uranium mining or its dangers. He has shown that whatever decision he makes needs to be overriden by more mature bodies. He is a political loose cannon.

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  80. poor lisa says:

    He’s a lazy shit. He would rather be retired.

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  81. Del Quant says:

    Apparently, winning 24 seats to Labor’s 28 gives Barney a mandate to be half-baked and ineffectual on issues as diverse as the mining of uranium, ministerial conflict of interest and the Butler rail extension. But he’s also exercised his mandate to appear on TV two days ago with what appeared to be the early stages of full-blown facial psoriasis – as last seen on Michael Gambon in The Singing Detective – wearing what looked like a $30 dead man’s suit from St Vinnies that was about three sizes too small. Peculiarly, he seems reluctant to exercise his mandate to change the batteries in his K-Tel revolving tie rack.

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  82. Bento says:

    I quite like this new ‘seat of the pants’ approach to governance. It makes things exciting. What’s he going to decree next? No one knows!

    I note bong industry is yet to be given the evil (lazy) eye.

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  83. Bento says:

    Sorry, I note THE bong industry …

    Brekkie cones harshing my vibe, man.

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  84. skink says:

    from the front page of today’s Worst:

    “Police around the State are bracing for several days of drunken violence when thousands of … pensioners recieve millions in welfare payments …as part of the economic stimulus package.”

    bloody old folks, they are nothing but trouble.

    Cage the Aged!

    Barney sought to labour the point: ” In some areas, particularly around indiginous communities, there are going to be problems.”

    so Frank called it right.

    oldfellas and blackfellas, liquored up. lock the doors.

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  85. skink says:

    and Naglazas has won me over to the ‘Not Worst’ team with his piece on the movie ‘Australia’:

    “there is not enough perfume on the planet to sweeten the odour that will inevitably rise from Baz Luhrmann’s ham-fisted, dead-on-arrival attempt at a sweeping romantic epic.”

    Respect.

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  86. Frank Calabrese says:

    And the great Public Service purge by Troyboy begins.

    http://www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au/Pages/Results.aspx?ItemID=130902

    And yes there is audio.

    [audio src="http://www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au/Lists/Statements/Attachments/130902/Buswellcomments191108.mp3" /]

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  87. Frank Calabrese says:

    And as I type, Rattler is promoting Barbnett’s dire warnin gs disguised as Boong Bashing as his main topic on his “program”

    How fucking predictable.

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  88. Bill O'Slatter says:

    Troy’s determined to get those public servants out of their seats. Oh no , Jesus what is he doing to those chairs !? You can’t keep a good chair shagger down .

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  89. My Ning says:

    Buswell, I suspect, seems to have forgotten that the Dickie Court Government wasn’t exactly reformist when he bragged that there would be the most “significant examination of the operational and financial performance of the Western Australian public sector since the landmark McCarrey Report commissioned by a previous incoming Liberal Government under Richard Court in 1993”.

    I can’t remember the McCarrey Report (nor do I recall seeing any real public sector reform during the Court jnr era, except when the government fucked up part of the public transport system and sacked cleaners from schools), but I do remember the former Coalition’s attempt to revitalise local government in WA with its 1996 Structural Reform report.

    Unlike Jeff Kennett in Victoria, who bulldozed the whole local government system and started from scratch, the 1990s WA Libs suggested that just four areas look at municipal amalgamation – Northam, Geraldton, Narrogin and Albany. There was no mention of touching the councils in the conservative-leaning urban western suburbs, where a bit of boundary changing might have helped reduce some rates, improve efficiencies and pull down a couple of fiefdoms.

    In the end the government failed in its attempt to achieve any kinda local government reform. It was pisspoor and pathetic to say the least.

    Interestingly, does anyone remember Dickie in his TV campaign ad in 1993 when he stated something like: “I’m not Jeff Kennett and this is not Victoria.” He sure as shit got that right…..

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  90. skink says:

    indeed, the smallest local council is Peppy Grove, which is small enough to be covered by a decent sized beach towel

    a friend of mine used to work for the Minister for local government some years ago. They tried to get rid of Peppy Grove, but were white-anted by some quietly spoken bullies.

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  91. Snuff says:

    Speaking of Peppy Grove, skink, I, [along with Vic, no doubt], would like to offer my deepest gratitude to PLC, St. Hilda’s, and Loreto*. Iona, whilst technically in Mozzies, also deserves a very honourable mention.

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  92. Frank Calabrese says:

    So Mrs Stormin’ Norman is going to sell her shares – but it’s Eric’s fault for making her do so.

    http://www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au/Pages/Results.aspx?ItemID=130905

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  93. Frank Calabrese says:

    Aww Diddums, the Moore’s are crying poor because they sold their shares at a loss.

    http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/norman-moore-sells-wifes-mining-shares-20081119-6bap.html?page=-1

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  94. skink says:

    so now Norm only needs to worry about being NCB’s stooge.

    speaking of stooges, I saw John Bowler standing right behind Barney as he coughed up the money for Kalgoorlie hospital teh other night

    Difficult to tell from the TV pictures whether he was giving Col a reacharound as he was shafting him.

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  95. Frank Calabrese says:

    so now Norm only needs to worry about being NCB’s stooge.

    There is still the problem of Donna Faragher being Environment Minister while Hubby works for Woodside – despite declaring an interest and having to leave the room and to handball any desicions involving Woodside to JJohn Day.

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  96. Del Quant says:

    “The shares in the fund belong to my wife and the code of conduct does not require spouses to divest their own shares.

    Mr Ripper’s assertion that I transferred shares to my wife is simply wrong.

    I did not have any shares to transfer.

    This is very simple situation seems to have been too difficult for some people, including Mr Ripper to comprehend.”

    The part of the code that Stormin’ seems to have difficulty comprehending is this one:

    5. Conflicts of Interest
    Public duties must be carried out objectively and without consideration of
    personal or financial gain. Circumstances which could give rise to a serious
    conflict of interest are not necessarily restricted to those where an immediate
    advantage will be gained. They may instead take the form of a promise of future
    benefit…

    They’re Mrs Stormin’s shares, so Stormin’ won’t gain from it – naturally. He and Mrs Stormin’ are merely husband and wife. It doesn’t mean the individual financial arrangements of one could possibly ever benefit the other, does it? He must’ve forgotten to mention that.

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  97. poor lisa says:

    I really thought Moore was hanging out to be stood down as a minister instead of having to sell the shares. -$100,000 by selling; vs a paycut of maybe $60-70k by going back to the backbench.

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  98. Frank Calabrese says:

    5. Conflicts of Interest
    Public duties must be carried out objectively and without consideration of
    personal or financial gain. Circumstances which could give rise to a serious
    conflict of interest are not necessarily restricted to those where an immediate
    advantage will be gained. They may instead take the form of a promise of future
    benefit…

    Which I believe also apply to Mrs Faragher in her role as Environment Minister.

    She should be demoted from that portfolio forthwith.

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  99. My Ning says:

    Saw Stormin’ Norman last nite at an AMEC gig – after he stood there in a huddle and complained that the missus had to sell her shares, some drunken journo tried to point out to the dumb fuck that there was a transparency issue at stake. The ex-chalkie, who eveyone seems to think is the right man for the mining ministry (Really? Let’s ask Miles Kennedy about that one) stood there and shook his head patronisingly as if the rules shouldn’t really apply to him.

    Then he started going on about the media, saying to the pissed hack at one stage: “One of your collegues at the West….”. to which the journo said: “She’s not my collegue – I don’t even know the person.”

    To tell you the truth, this actually pissed the low rent scribe off, prompting him to say something like: “That’s like saying you’re in the same league as Brian Burke.”

    Again this piss poor excuse of a man shook his head patronisingly. Oh you poor boy, he thought, you just don’t understand.

    OK, fine – let’s get it all out in the open. He’s a complete dick. And any fool can be a mining minister – just ask John Bowler who, for some twisted reason, came out of the last election holding a balance of power.

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  100. Were you more or less pissed than the hack, and are you higher or lower rent?

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  101. My Ning says:

    Nobody could have been be more pissed than that hack – he was definately higher rent than Moore(on)….

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  102. My Ning says:

    Another stoopid Barnett comment needs reviewing.

    While I am kind of ashamed to admit that I looked at the Worst today, Barnett’s remark that Rio’s purchase of Alcan (which he called an American company when, according to my burnt out memory, it was Canadian) somehow fucked up WA’s iron sector was nothing short of irresponsible.

    If anything, it shows how this prick is able to say whatever he wants to suit his own purposes and get away with it ‘coz there’s nobody around to ask him how he can justify dishing out such simplistic misinfomation.

    Rio’s purchase of Alcan in 2006 had nothing to do with the company’s iron ore arm – the businesses are run separately. If the Colster thought about it, he would have remebered that at the time, Rio’s Pilbara operations were expanding because of the resources boom.

    The reason for the job cut is simple – the Chinese rejected the September iron ore price rises and decided to deplete their current stock piles and source domestic ore.

    While it may be true that some of Rio’s aluminium workers have lost their jobs after September’s meltdown, very few, if any, would have been here in WA. After all, the only big bauxite miners in the state are Alcoa and BHP Billiton.

    Its interesting that a man who regards himself as resources savvy can try to pass the blame for the state’s woes onto a company which, unlike the intellectually-dead Liberal Party, has actually created wealth over the past few years rather than suck the place dry.

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  103. skink says:

    Rio have already said that the majority of the 14,000 job cuts are to be in the aluminium sector, with the iron ore sector getting away lightly.

    and did you see Sattler’s blog encouraging Barney to trample over native title in order to give the resource sector carte blanche? Sattler is running a hot streak on aboriginal issues this month

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  104. Bento says:

    Barney was on 720 the other day trying to pin the Rio job cuts on Russell Woolf, because Russell wasn’t being sufficiently enthusiastic about the ongoing prosperity of the resources sector.

    I suppose the weather guy is as good a scapegoat as any…

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  105. skink says:

    who’s afraid of Russell Woolf?

    I’ve been wating a long time for the opportunity to say that.

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  106. Bill O"Slatter says:

    Poor ole Rusty Woolf is a sheep in sheep’s clothing. Next thing Barney’ll be savaging the Pope for his baleful influence on the West Australian economy ( condom sales ).

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  107. Frank Calabrese says:

    Barney was on 720 the other day trying to pin the Rio job cuts on Russell Woolf, because Russell wasn’t being sufficiently enthusiastic about the ongoing prosperity of the resources sector.

    And here is the interview in Question :-)

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/audio/2008/12/10/2443138.htm

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  108. Bento says:

    Skink – I’ll just keep on lobbing them up there, and you keep on knocking them out of the park.

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  109. Who’s opposition spokes for resources. They should be reading this. particularly My Ning’s memories.

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  110. Frank Calabrese says:

    Who’s opposition spokes for resources. They should be reading this. particularly My Ning’s memories.

    JON FORD MLC
    Shadow Minister for Mines; Petroleum; Fisheries

    Full Shadow Ministry is here.

    http://www.wa.alp.org.au/download/now/shadow_cabinet.pdf

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  111. My Ning says:

    Russell Woolf aint just no weather man – if memory serves me correctly he lived in Karratha for a while where he covered the state’s resources sector for the ABC. If anyhting, he was right in the thick of it. And believe me, Karratha is a long way from Cott..

    I doubt anything he said would have been as ill informed as the drivel that came out of Comrade Colin’s mouth….

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  112. Frank Calabrese says:

    Russell Woolf aint just no weather man – if memory serves me correctly he lived in Karratha for a while where he covered the state’s resources sector for the ABC. If anyhting, he was right in the thick of it. And believe me, Karratha is a long way from Cott..

    That is indeed correct.

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  113. Sent to Jon Ford, Alannah, Ripper, etc

    Dear Mr Ford, every day Colin Barnett is making pronouncements about development of the state’s resources. It seems to be accepted wisdom that Colin is some kind of resources guru having been resources minister in the Court Government. He seems to be hoping that no-one remembers that he was a complete nincompoop when he was Court’s resources minister. Just about everything he touched turned into a disaster.

    Even the Labor Perty seems to be buying into the barnett as resources expert. Why is no-one calling him out on his mistakes past or present? No-one seems to remember the ACCC disater with epic, how he threw our money down the toilet of that vanadium mine and had to watch taxpayer money being lost when xtrata came in and destroyed the facility. What about Kingstream Steel? Another Barnett fuelled disaster. Everything he did in the midwest turned into some kind of cock-up. Why is no-one reminding the public of this?

    Even the statements he makes now are usuallly totally wrong. A researcher looking into every statement he makes would find them riddled with errors.

    The only publication bringing these facts to light is my own satirical website The Worst of Perth, where experienced resources journalist My Ning who remembers every cock-up Colin has made, and knows the truth or otherwise of every statement he makes now holds forth.

    You could do worse than to keep up with My Ning on the site.

    Andrew McDonald
    The Worst of Perth
    Art, Design, Architecture & Humanity

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  114. Rolly says:

    Succinctly put, TLA.
    The man has the kind of visions that would normally benefit from treatment with anti-psychotics.

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  115. skink says:

    Robert Ray has published his report into why the ALP lost the election.

    the answer appears to be: “fuckwits”

    nothing in the report that we hadn’t worked out for ourselves

    http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/labor-slammed-in-election-review-20081215-6ywx.html?page=-1

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  116. My Ning says:

    Anyone read hear how Barnett has said that work on the Ord River thing was going to start in an effort to unlock Australia’s next food bowl?

    Given his track record on everything else, maybe we should all expect to starve…

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  117. poor lisa says:

    Skink if you read the actual report it says:
    ‘Contrary to perceptions, Bill Johnstone being a candidate as well as State Secretary wasn’t a problem. The problem was him being a fuckwit’
    ‘John D’Orazio is a treacherous fuckwit’
    ‘The premier’s office were fuckwits’
    and
    ‘You lot don’t know how to run a functioning factional system, you need some lessons from me’

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  118. Frank Calabrese says:

    And note only Ch 7 and The West itself has mentioned the role of the West’s bias in the campaign, even though the West put it at the end of the article.

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  119. My Ning says:

    Like Sybil Faullty, the Ray Report (as skink suggests) does nothing but state the bleeding obvious. There are, however, a few points to mull over.

    On the loss of Gallop: “At the time, and now with hindsight, it is clear that Alan Carpenter was the best choice.”

    If this was the case, then they shouldn’t have even bothered with contesting the election because Carpenter was in fact a bad choice from the start. It was obvious from anyone who ever had contact with him or watched him over the years in the media that Carps was not a man of the people. He didn’t even come close. His public persona was surprisingly flat for an ex-ABC journo, he did nothing but grimace all day and he was an unimpressive education and resources minister. In hindsight he was simply paranoid – something which no doubt made him pick his dream team of allies instead of going through proper pre-selection procedures. Only Nixon and Stalin were more paranoid in office.

    The Alannah McTiernan story, however, was a different one. As the opposition transport spokesperson she was fearless. As the infrastructure minister she was just as impressive. She should have been the new leader after Dr Geoff’s depressed departure – not the hack.

    Then: “AC’s management of this (Burke and Grill) crisis was nothing short of surpurb.” Was it? Really? Perhaps, but what the report fails to mention was Carps actually created the crisis. How was it that he could could pick obvious Burkie/Grill mates (Marlborough and Bowler come to mind) after lifting the no-Burke zone ban. What was going through his head? In this regard Ray seemed to hit the nail on the head when he said: “his naivete about the culture of the ALP … would always be a problem.” But even this seems a little odd for somebody who had spent a good portion of his professional career reporting on this exact kind of factionalism.

    And on the issue of factions, was Carpenter as faction-free as he and the media were prone to suggest. One can only guess, but his extended (and painful) early defence of John D’Orizio suggests that maybe he did owe some favours as he clamboured to the top. That, to me, is factionalism, even if there could be an arguable semantic difference between the two words.

    Then there was Ray’s analysis of the media: “Labor’s election prospects were constantly undermined by the intensely negative attitude of the media.” Well – that could work both ways. It’s true that it chose to ignore Barnett’s dissmal track record as a Court Government energy minister, but the Libs did get a hammering too – just ask Troy Buswell and Matt Birney.

    Also, Ray failed to mention that The Worst’s election morning editorial actually suggested that readers vote Labor – as it did just before the 2005 poll. Personally I don’t think the paper was as one-sided as the Murdoch anti-Whitlam campaign of 1975 in The Oz – The Worst was pretty much consistent when dealing with both sides.

    Then: “It is easy to blame the premier or Jim McGnty for these poor relations (with The Worst), but any attempts by them to repair the relationship were constantly rebuffed.” Huh? These two boys declared war on the rag. Whether or not this was justified is one thing, but surely it is quite immature for a health minister/attorney general to publicly state that he is not inviting a hack from the state’s only daily to a press conference because he’s unhappy with the way it writes its shit up. It was nothing short of childish schoolyard antics on behalf of someone who should really should have known better.

    Ray’s point that somebody should have emphasised “the record economic growth during the 21st century (and) stress the sound budgetary position achieved” is also misleading as Eric Ripper wouldn’t fucking shut up about the surplus and the boom. The problem was Labor gave nothing back, citing its fucking tripple A rating as being god. For fuck’s sake – the health depeartment was in turmoil (I don’t recall seeing Neale Fong’s name in this report, but surely his appointment was another monumental fuck up) and the ALP couldn’t even fill the state’s primary schools with the right number of teachers. The bottom line: if you’re not going to fix public services when you’ve got the cash and a boom, then when the hell are you going to do it?

    At the start of his report, Ray sez: “Apportioning blame and electing scapegoats will not bring back government.”

    Maybe not, but not blaming anyone may mean that the ALP will not learn from this fiasco. The first thing it should do is ensure Carps stays on the back bench. Then it should sack Ripper as opposition leader because there’s no chance in hell it’ll win an election with him at the helm – even if the gullible public eventually catches on to what a true idiod Barnett really is.

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  120. yes, It’s Time – for Alannah. Although she also didn’t reply to my letter suggesting someone remind the public what a nincompoop Barnett was in Court Government.

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  121. skink says:

    The simple truth of it was that if any one out of D’Orazio, Kucera or Radisich had contested their seats as incumbents the ALP would be in Government, regardless of the lacklustre campaign, perceived media bias, and Carps’ lack of charisma.

    I think Ripper is just keeping the seat warm for Lannie. As soon as Barnett starts to falter and she can smell blood she will grab the reins and lead the hunt. That would be about the time of the next budget by my reckoning, when every single election promise has been broken.

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  122. Frank Calabrese says:

    The simple truth of it was that if any one out of D’Orazio, Kucera or Radisich had contested their seats as incumbents the ALP would be in Government, regardless of the lacklustre campaign, perceived media bias, and Carps’ lack of charisma.

    Carps WANTED Radisich to recontrest Swan Hills, but she wanted West Swan – when she didn’t get her own way, she puiled the pin, and even though her preferred candidate for Pre-Selection got the numbers in the members ballot, he was outnumbered by State Executive.

    Same with West Swan, I should know, Rita’s opposition is my Second Cousin :-)

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  123. Frank Calabrese says:

    Hmm, Buswell is going to split Housing & works.

    http://www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au/Pages/Results.aspx?ItemID=131055

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  124. skink says:

    I know that. I am no defender of Radisich, but if she had been persuaded by a decent leader to stay put in the hills where she was popular with the electorate, she would have had a better chance of winning it than anyone else.

    with all those seats, it was poor man-management (or chick-management) by Carps.

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  125. Frank Calabrese says:

    And the first of Barney’s Job Cuts have become – Tea Ladies in the Dept of Child Protection.

    THE State Government has begun sacking its most vulnerable staff as part of its 3 per cent efficiency drive – starting with tea ladies.
    The move has sparked union concerns that thousands of low-paid and unprotected workers will follow while executives in government departments on massive financial packages will be spared.
    The loyal tea ladies within the Department for Child Protection this week became the first victims of the Colin Barnett-driven belt tightening. They will be replaced by machines.

    The Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Union fears the sackings are a sign of things to come and thousands of lower-paid government workers will be targeted.

    The union’s assistant secretary, Carolyn Smith, said the union has more than 12,000 members working in the public sector who now faced uncertainty.

    She said: “Who’s next? Instead of targeting the lowest paid workers in the public sector, they should look at the highly paid bureaucrats and the money wasted on consultants and advertising.

    “We are extremely concerned that this Government will privatise school and hospital services in an effort to cut costs.

    “Workers will face increased workloads and less pay and the general community will suffer because standards of work will drop under privatisation.

    “Lower-paid government workers are an easy hit and these sackings are a prime example.”

    http://www.news.com.au/perthnow/story/0,21598,24828529-948,00.html

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  126. Frank Calabrese says:

    And as promised, Barney will be cracking down on Graffiti and Hoons. :-)

    http://www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au/Pages/Results.aspx?ItemID=131090

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  127. But what about the bongs? Will no-one think of the bongs?

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  128. Bill O"Slatter says:

    LA , Wood duck’s in charge of that. ( Police code name Operation Bong).

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  129. Frank Calabrese says:

    Check out the ominous sign during Crazy Coll and Party Troy when they are announcing the new Govt spending package :-)

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/video/2009/02/02/2480512.htm

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  130. Bento says:

    I am excited to note WA is to become ‘the Saudi Arabia of natural gas’.

    I have already confiscated Mrs Bento’s keys for the Forester, and trust the mandatory sentencing bill will now be modified to include provision for beheading young people.

    On another note, what would Colin’s position be on deregulated bong trading hours?

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  131. skink says:

    who’s first for a stoning?

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  132. Bento says:

    It seems the only people who want this are the ones who would never go to Northbridge anyway (well, except Karlo).

    http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/wa/6520095/delay-for-controversial-stop-and-search-powers/

    Please, won’t somebody think of the Sword Boys???

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