Address in Reply

The Hon. R.I. LUCAS (11:05): I rise to support the Address in Reply and to thank the Governor for his speech for the opening of this session of parliament. There are two or three issues that I want to address in my contribution. The first relates to freedom of information and the government’s position in…

Government Appointments

The Hon. R.I. LUCAS (15:28): I rise to speak about government appointments. Firstly, I guess every cloud has its silver lining, and I join with you, Mr President, I am sure, in congratulating the Hon. Mr Gazzola on the political X Lotto he has just won, having just been appointed, I understand, to two further…

Premier Rann

The Hon. R.I. LUCAS (15:40): I want to look at the record of Premier Rann, perhaps for the first and only time. As Premier Rann leaves parliament, a decision he has taken has united almost everyone in this parliament. Everyone cannot wait to get rid of him. That is perhaps unsurprising for members of the…

Budget and Finance Committee

BUDGET AND FINANCE COMMITTEE The Hon. R.I. LUCAS (17:41): I move: That the report on the operations of the Budget and Finance Committee 2010-11 be noted. In speaking briefly to this report, I firstly thank the hardworking members of the Budget and Finance Committee, both current and past (over the 12 months we have had…

Appropriation Bill

The Hon. R.I. LUCAS (15:47): I rise to support the second reading of the Appropriation Bill. In doing so I went back and looked at the contributions of all members to last year’s Appropriation Bill debate to see what, if anything, had changed in the last less than 12 months. Sadly I think the conclusion…

Ministerial appointments

The Hon. R.I. LUCAS (15:29): I want to talk about the Steven Bradbury of the Labor Party, the Hon. Russell Wortley, the last man standing, evidently about to become a minister. This man, the Hon. Mr Wortley, is a man of infinitely flexible principles and beliefs. He is now a member of the right, but…