TIM HAMMOND MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR CONSUMER AFFAIRS
SHADOW MINISTER ASSISTING FOR RESOURCES
FEDERAL MEMBER FOR PERTH
PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA
SUBJECT: Jenny Macklin’s Marlins; WA Premier Colin Barnett’s Turnbull-proof fence.
TIM HAMMOND, SHADOW MINISTER FOR CONSUMER AFFAIRS: Good Morning, everyone. Tim Hammond from Perth here today and very proud to be part of the team of Jenny Macklin’s Marlins. This morning at the crack of dawn we all faced off in the pool against the might of the press and the real story of the day in relation to Macklin’s Marlins is the convincing victory they had over the Liberal Party. I’m surprised to see Craig Laundy here actually; I though he was actually still swimming. They took a while to get over the line but that was a good one to put away until next year.
I’m also here to talk about matters closer to my home state in Western Australia. You’ll see on the front page of the West Australian this morning confirming what we’ve suspected for some time and that is the Western Australian Liberals are playing a grand game of ‘Where’s Malcolm?’ confirming that Malcolm Turnbull hasn’t been seen in Western Australia for over six months, which is very telling, in the context of the fact that there is a state election looming on 11 March and the Liberals over there are in quite a mess of their own. They clearly don’t want the mess that Malcolm Turnbull is bringing from over here, and clearly have constructed a Turnbull-proof fence which doesn’t appear to be penetrated any time soon. As a matter of fact I spoke to my New South Wales colleagues earlier this morning who speculated that Malcolm hadn’t been seen any further west than the Sydney University for quite some time. So I’m not expecting to see him in Western Australia any time soon.
But what that really says is just how much the chaos and division that we’ve previously seen over here from the Liberal Party is infecting what’s happening in Western Australia. The Western Australian Liberals might be able to keep out Malcolm Turnbull but there’s nothing they can do about Colin Barnett, who has come up and admitted that, notwithstanding the fact that he has decided to dance in this grubby dance with One Nation, and preferenced them ahead of the grand alliance that was previously with the National Party, he doesn’t even know what they stand for.
I was in parliament yesterday just outlining some of the things that One Nation candidates purport to bring to the table in the election in that state on 11 March. One candidate in particular is convinced that the success of the marriage equality campaign was due in no small part to Nazi mind tricks that were having a profound effect on those who might otherwise oppose marriage equality. There’s a myriad of other crazy schemes from candidates from One Nation, who now are in bed with the Liberals in the vain hope that Colin Barnett is hoping to cling to power after 11 March.
There is chaos and dysfunction here, there is chaos and dysfunction in WA. It is clear that the WA Liberals want to try and ringfence that by keeping Malcolm Turnbull out.
Thanks very much.