We've seen it so many times now - the difficult, emotional interview or press conference that causes Troy Buswell to shed a tear.
Each one has followed a public indiscretion. On Wednesday afternoon, in the boardroom at Newspaper House, Mr Buswell would face the camera and the microphone for the last time.
His emotions heightened after what had to have been another incredibly difficult day - he had just come from meeting Premier Colin Barnett and announcing his intention to resign - it was a heartfelt anecdote about his local community that brought Mr Buswell's tears to the surface.
"In my office in Busselton I've got a little painting that's about two inches by two inches and I keep it with me because it reminds me of why I do the job," he said, speaking in the present tense about a profession from which he had just resigned.
"It was painted by a little girl called Claire. Claire has some disabilities which mean she and her family have a very challenging life.
"I remember when she and her parents came to see me in my electorate office and all that they wanted was a swing at the beachfront so Claire and her wheelchair could go and have a swing while all the other kids were playing.
"When we went down, and she was the first kid to have a swing in it . . ."
A pause. He was unable to finish the anecdote.
When I asked Troy Buswell what his proudest achievement was in politics, he didn't hesitate to go straight to his work as a local member in Vasse.
Many in the Labor Party, who believe Mr Buswell's record of achievement in the ministry does not match the platitudes about talent and intellect that are routinely thrown his way, would use this as ammunition.
"Of all the good things, it's nearly all things that have happened in my electorate," Mr Buswell said.
"That's what I've tried to focus on. But I suppose from a State point of view, in my time as a minister, I'd like to think we slowly started to turn the wheels of reform. It's not always easy. I'd like to think we've started to."
Asked if he was frustrated he was not about to do more on reform, Mr Buswell said Cabinet decisions were made as a team and, when necessary, defended as a team. He refused to criticise the Premier, who has shown him incredible loyalty.
"I'm not going to reflect negatively on that, but it was difficult to (overcome) some inertia. I think we had some good levers with things like the Economic Audit, the Red Tape Reduction work that was done, the Amendola report, and there's a few others.
"Perhaps in hindsight we could have squeezed a bit more policy grunt out of those. But at the time, there was other competing interests in government."
Mr Buswell has often said the Government business model is "broken", and he said he wished that asset sales and public sector workforce reform could have been addressed in the Government's first term.
He is adamant further decisions like those will be necessary whoever is in power.
"You have governments saying, 'We have to make some tough decisions' - and they put fees and charges up. Well, that's actually not a tough decision, you just sign a piece of paper," he said.
"A tough decision is saying, 'You've enjoyed this for so long, now you can't have it'. It's saying, 'We have to look at a new model to deliver health or education'. It's saying, 'We've got an industrial relations system in WA that we don't need, so all you people, see you later'. They're hard things, and they are going to be the challenge for whoever is in government.
"This idea that it's all doom and gloom if you consider a change, I just think it's a very, very narrow approach to try and build good policy approaches.
These are debates that need to happen in WA politics. But Mr Buswell will no longer be around to argue the case.