Page 957 - Week 03 - Tuesday, 20 March 2012

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I am sure Jaye would not mind me saying that, in the ordinary course, I would not applaud a Liberal member being beaten by a Labor member, but I came to know Jaye as part of a delegation of the American Council of Young Political Leaders to the United States, which Jaye led. Jaye was someone who we all built a good relationship with and who was just a lot of fun. There is a lot I could say about Jaye—she was a lot of fun; she was irreverent; and she was someone who liked to take the piss out of other people in the group, whether they be Labor, Liberal or National. With her state colleagues, whether they were on her side of the parliament or on the other side, she enjoyed good relationships across the WA parliament. In fact, she counted as some of her closest friends people across the chamber.

From time to time it got her into a bit of trouble with her own party. Without going into too much detail, I think in the lead-up to the 2008 election Jaye was put in a pretty difficult position in terms of her seat and in terms of the circumstances surrounding a particular incident. I think Jaye displayed courage and dignity in the way she handled herself under some pressure from the media and probably from members of her own party.

Jaye battled cancer for a number of years. She actually had a kidney removed in 2002 not long after she was first elected to the parliament. She fought that, but she was diagnosed as having a Wilms tumour. Having been cancer free, the cancer returned and, unfortunately, she lost her battle with cancer on the weekend. I would like to pay tribute to her and to send my sincere condolences to her partner, Brad Maguire, all of the Radisich family and all of her friends and loved ones in WA and other places. I pay tribute to her, and may she rest in peace.

Canberra show

MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (6.02): I rise to speak tonight about the Canberra show. I think anyone who went had a great time. The showers held off on most days. There was quite a unique event at the show this year, the free stall that was the Salvo expo marquee at the Canberra show. For those of you who do not know, they had a marquee in the entrance at the major pavilion at EPIC. Over the course of the show they gave away 2,350 litres of cold drinking water, cup by cup, with 240 kilos of ice to keep it cold. Some 2,000-plus people were served in the marquee cafe. They gave away 1,440 scones. They used 50 litres of milk, 24 litres of jam and 18.9 litres of cream. There were three bands, the Salvo Country Band from Nambucca River, the Tuggeranong Salvo brass band and the Timbrel Brigade, as well as the Sydney Youth Band, which approximates to 90 performers.

While all of us were enjoying the show—people may not all have been enjoying the show if they were on a stall—they had approximately 250 volunteers working at the show over the weekend, including people from their roving chaplains program, who walked around the entire showground throughout the opening hours of the show weekend. Let me read from one of their internal magazine articles. It goes:

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