Tuesday, June 23, 2009
The SPEAKER: I am advised that yesterday the Minister for Finance, Minister for Infrastructure, Minister for Regulatory Reform, and Minister for Ports and Waterways became the father of a baby girl. I am told that Angelica Tripodi was a healthy 3.6 kilograms at birth and that she and her mother, Maria, are both doing well. I am sure the House will join with me in congratulating the Minister on the new addition to his family.
Mr Chris Hartcher: And his wife, who did all the hard work!
The SPEAKER: That is a very good interjection.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Mr Ian Cohen: "Dr Chopra alerted me to the fact that the food that Australia exports to the European Union has to conform to much higher standards than our own, so we produce two lots of food: food that is too good for Australians and food that is not good enough for Europeans".
Indeed. Thank you Ian.
Thursday, June 04, 2009
Ms Lee Rhiannon: I lived on a dairy farm too. You live at Redfern.
The Hon. DUNCAN GAY: I acknowledge for the record that Ms Lee Rhiannon has dairy farming in her history. There we were in the negotiating room. She has the belief that intensive agriculture should not go ahead and I am of the view that we should have proper intensive agriculture. She has the belief that there should not be mining anywhere in the State and I hold the belief that mining is an important part of the State and should be included.
Reverend the Hon. Dr Gordon Moyes: You make a lovely couple.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
12 May 2009, Legislative Council
The Hon. HELEN WESTWOOD [2.52 p.m.]: This project is possibly the most transparent in the history of the Government. When I say "the history of the Government" I am talking as far back as the ancient Greeks!
Thursday, May 07, 2009
Mr PAUL GIBSON: Racing is a great panacea. Looking back at the history of racing—and I was not born then; I am not that old—during the Depression, for example, there were the largest crowds ever on racetracks anywhere. People went to the racetracks not only to put a few bob on and try to back a winner; they went there with the hope of forgetting the problems of the day. They went to the track because it was fairly cheap entertainment. It was a very important part of the panacea process that followed on from the Depression and the war. I first started looking at and wondering about racing when I was a young boy in Young.
Mr Kevin Greene: Is that Lambing Flat?
The boy from Young: "I come from Young, a pretty town up near the Riverina. They grow their cherries by the pound and sell them for a deener." I have never forgotten that. In my early years in Young there was a fellow by the name of Ernie Batnich, who had a cherry orchard. Ernie had a greyhound called Happy Banquet. Happy Banquet was a happy banquet to a lot of people in Young. Not only did he win on the country tracks—
Mr George Souris: They ate it.
Mr PAUL GIBSON: No, they didn't eat it; he ate them. They brought Happy Banquet to Sydney and it was one of the best greyhounds to race in this nation. I have never forgotten it. After that Ernie's mate had a dog called Macaroona. I will never forget Macaroona either—one of the fastest dogs this nation has ever laid eyes on.
Mr Peter Draper: What about Chief Havoc?
Mr PAUL GIBSON: Yes, Chief Havoc. There have been a lot of them. At the moment we have a horse called Takeover Tiger and it has won over $6 million in prize money. Joe Jaknic is the owner-trainer of it. He bought the horse for virtually nothing.
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
297 Mr AMERY to move—
That this House:
(1) Notes the victory of English Championship side, Burnley, over Premiership side Arsenal in the
quarter final of the Carling Cup.
(2) Notes that this upset win was the third win against a Premiership side by the Burnley team in this
(3) Notes that this result sends a message to the New South Wales Opposition that being odds on
favourite does not guarantee future success.
(Notice given 4 December 2008)
Thursday, April 09, 2009
Enjoy the following email exchange from 09 April regarding comments on News.com.au posts (very shallow end of the gene pool kind of stuff):
Why not set BOTH long term and short term interest rate to 0%??? I mean,
seriously, this would mean cheaper borrowing for EVERYONE!!
WHY NOT INDEED CVM.
I don't know, I'm not very good with numbers as at school I was taught
using the whole language approach by politically-correct postmodernists.
The interest rate cut which is not one (per cent).