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Monday, 20 August 2001
Page: 29698

Mr ZAHRA (1:58 PM) — You might recall, Mr Speaker, that the last time parliament sat the Minister for Forestry and Conservation accused the Leader of the Opposition of `prolixidity'. I had never heard of the word before! Perhaps he meant `prolixity'. I was interested to hear an interview which he gave on Radio 3GG, when in response to a question about extending the terms of reference of the royal commission into the building industry to the timber industry, he said, `Well, I think the matter, once I've seen that letter worthy of forwarding to the commission, I don't know just, you know, how much of it, that's an issue for consideration. I mean, I just couldn't understand,' blah, blah. I've heard more eloquent words from characters on Planet of the Apes. I have to say that when it comes to `prolixidity' the Minister for Forestry and Conservation takes the cake!