John Tingle’s 80th Birthday
John Tingle was between 1995 and 2006 a Shooters Party member of the Legislative Council. Surprisingly, I found him to be a cooperative and thoroughly pleasant parliamentary colleague who put the interest of the state first in considering the government’s reform program.
A few of us gathered last night at Parliament House for his 80th birthday. Tributes were paid to John’s qualities. He made reference to a career in radio that began in 1949.
I don’t frequent the state parliament but this was an entirely happy occasion.
Incidentally, the two representatives of the Shooters and Fishers Party in the Legislative Council are in a position to block the O’Farrell government’s electricity privatisation were they to vote with the Labor opposition and the Green Party. Together that would make 21 votes against the 20 votes of the coalition and the Christian Democrats with the President Don Harwin only able to vote to break a tie. Legislation facilitating electricity privatisation would be defeated therefore 21 to 20, providing Tingle’s old party were to line up against it.
My views on electricity privatisation are well known and represent a minority view in the state ALP.