Member of the Legislative Council

Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation;

Recreation and Sport; Racing


Working for you
in South Australia


Supply Bill 2017

Thursday, 22 June 2017

I rise today to speak briefly to the Supply Bill 2017, which seeks to appropriate $5.9 billion in order to patch over government spending between 1 July and the time at which the Appropriation Bill is given assent. Looking at supply bills in past years, this amount seems to be significantly larger than what we have become accustomed to, and I want to know if this is a factor of more unbudgeted spending and blowouts. I dread today's budget and what demons we may find. It should concern all South Australians that this Labor government requires nearly $6 billion for the day-to-day operation of ...Click here for full story

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Headstone Project 2017

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

I rise today to speak about the solemn work of an organisation called the Headstone Project. This organisation aims to find the final resting place of returned soldiers from the First World War who, for a variety of reasons, now lie in unmarked graves. The reasons may be that the soldier does not qualify for a commonwealth-funded war grave, the lease on their grave may have expired and often the soldiers run out of family to maintain their grave, or the families simply lack the funds to pay for the plots. Many returned soldiers from this era do not qualify for perpetual war graves, as their de...Click here for full story

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Statutes Amendment (Possession of Firearms and Prohibited Weapons) Bill 2017

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

I rise on behalf of the opposition to speak to the Statutes Amendment (Possession of Firearms and Prohibited Weapons) Bill currently before the council. The honourable Minister for Police introduced the bill on 1 June this year. The bill seeks to amend the new Firearms Act 2015 to widen the definition of 'possession'. The decision of the Court of Criminal Appeal in the matter of the R v Ioannidis fell in favour of the respondent and the trial judge's decision was upheld. However, the Chief Justice suggested that the presumption of possession only applies if an item is found during a searc...Click here for full story

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