MLA calls Minister ‘a disgrace’ in Parliament

Matthew Wilks (15),Shai Bolton (14) and Antionne Forrest-Yarran (14).
Matthew Wilks (15),Shai Bolton (14) and Antionne Forrest-Yarran (14).

Dr Buti asked her if it was acceptable that a local man could not access Armadale Police station when he drove his teenage daughter there to report a sexual assault at 4.10pm on a weekday and had to drive to Cannington.

The incident in Parliament on June 13 included a supplementary question about plans for Armadale when Operation Carambola ended.

Ms Harvey said she needed more information about the father’s story to ensure the family got the service she expected from police.

She said there was a help button at the Armadale station to phone for police attendance.

In response to the supplementary question, she said the Government had promised 550 extra police officers and money to accommodate them where they were needed.

The Speaker twice told Ms Harvey to answer the question if she were prepared to and, if not, to wind-up her answer.

Dr Buti kept on interrupting, asking: ‘What are you going to do after three months?’

The Speaker called him to order three times, finally ejecting him.

Dr Buti’s parting shot was: ‘You have no interest in Armadale. You’re a disgrace, Minister.’

Later, Dr Buti said he was ‘really annoyed’ at Ms Harvey’s ‘complete lack of empathy’.

‘She went on and on’