Government Whip in the Legislative Council

Liberal Member in the Parliament of South Australia




Supply Bill

May 12, 2009

I will not repeat everything our lead speaker has said, but there are a few points that I wish to touch on. I will make a reasonably brief contribution, unless the Hon. John Gazzola heckles me too much, in which case it will become far more lengthy and it will drive everybody nuts. Given the global financial crisis that we are facing, it is a very important time for the state's economy to be mana...Click here for full story

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Racing Industry Select Committee

April 29, 2009

I thank all honourable members for their contribution, their interest and, I think, generally their genuine concern about racing in this state. I know that I for one have no qualms whatsoever about instigating this motion in relation to this committee, and I sleep well at night knowing that I am interested in racing and its best interests. When talking about the possibility of the select committe...Click here for full story

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Authorised Betting Operations (Trade Practices Exemption) Amendment Bill

April 28, 2009

This is one of those rare occasions when I get to stand up and say, 'I told you so.' When this bill was introduced last year we gave it every bit of support we could but made very clear at the time that we thought the legislation was flawed. We actually made that point during the briefing and also during the debate. It is no surprise to us that this amendment bill has been brought back. What does ...Click here for full story

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Racing Industry Select Committee

March 25, 2009

The Hon. T.J. STEPHENS (17:20): I move: 1.That a select committee of the Legislative Council be appointed to inquire into and report upon— (a)the sale of Cheltenham Park Racecourse; (b)the rezoning of Cheltenham Park Racecourse; (c)the relationship of decisions made in connection with the sale of Cheltenham Park Racecourse with proposals for the redevelopment of Victoria Park; (d)matters...Click here for full story

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March 25, 2009

I rise today to speak on the South Australian National Football League. As honourable members would be well aware, the 2009 season of the SANFL begins this weekend, and the league is again looking to build on the strong crowd attendances of 2008, which were up 6.8 per cent on the previous year. The Hon. R.I. Lucas interjecting: The Hon. T.J. STEPHENS: The Hon. Mr Lucas interjects that this is th...Click here for full story

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Surf Life Saving SA

February 4, 2009

I will speak today about Surf Life Saving South Australia and how important an organisation it is to our community. As opposition sports spokesman, I put on the record our respect for the great work the organisation carries out. I wish to talk about the challenges it faces currently. Surf Life Saving South Australia recently went public about its desire to build a new much-needed headquarters ...Click here for full story

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Statutes Amendment (Prohibition of Cloning for Reproduction and Regulation of Research...) Bill

February 3, 2009

I will make a brief contribution. I acknowledge that a number of members have chosen to take a detailed look at the science behind this legislation. I mainly wish to share the reasons for how I will vote, and from the outset I indicate that I will not support the bill. I have received many letters on this issue, and the majority of this correspondence has been from people who have the qualificatio...Click here for full story

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Statutes Amendment (Betting Operations) Bill - Second Reading Speech

November 26, 2008

I rise to indicate, not without some concern, Liberal Party support for this bill. At the outset, I indicate that, whilst the Liberal Party has been kept in the loop with regard to what has been happening with this legislation, we are particularly disappointed that State Labor Party racing ministers did not get together to sort out some of these issues before the New South Wales State Parliament i...Click here for full story

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Address in Reply 2008

September 23, 2008

I support the Address in Reply and join Honourable Members in thanking His Excellency the Governor in opening this third session of the 51st parliament. We are supportive of the Governor’s work and know that he is doing an excellent job. Now, as my colleague the Hon Caroline Schaefer pointed out in her contribution – we all expected more from this government on this occasion but yet again it ha...Click here for full story

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Matter of Interest - Labor's Country Health Plan

July 23, 2008

Today I wish to discuss the Labor Government’s Country Health Plan. I am part of the Liberal Task Force which has been formed to look into Labor’s plan and I can pass onto the house that country people are not happy - in fact they’re furious. I was at a community meeting in Tumby Bay last week and people are confused and they’re angry. As Liberal Task Force Leader Rob Kerin said recently, “I h...Click here for full story

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Adelaide Lightning

April 9, 2008

Today I want to highlight the recent wonderful achievement of the Adelaide Lightning women's basketball team in winning the 2007-08 WNBL championship. Last month, the Lightning defeated the Sydney Uni Flames 90-82 in the grand final at Wollongong to claim its first WNBL title in a decade. An unstoppable display from the Lightning's Renae Camino—who, coincidentally, is a former Wollongong junior—...Click here for full story

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South Australian National Football League

March 6, 2008

As opposition spokesman for sport, I had the pleasure of representing the Liberal Party at last night's South Australian National Football League AGM. I wish to use my time today to discuss how well the SANFL is doing and to pay tribute to some of the legends of South Australian football who received SANFL life membership last night. The SANFL is a strong and proud football league, by far the st...Click here for full story

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Adelaide Park Lands (Facilitation of Development of Victoria Park) Amendment Bill

February 14, 2008

I rise to introduce a Bill that can potentially make a significant difference to how South Australia is currently perceived both from outside the State and within. For too long we have had a culture of settling for second best and when the Government had the opportunity to do something special (and something it believed in until it all got too hard) – it simply dropped the ball, and walked away. ...Click here for full story

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Victoria Park Redevelopment

February 13, 2008

As Opposition spokesperson for Sport, Recreation & Racing, I would like to use my time today to reflect on the future of Victoria Park. I have to say I’m left scratching my head when I think about the Rann Government’s current stance on Victoria Park – because I know how many Government Members previously supported its redevelopment. The Premier supported the redevelopment. The Treasurer worke...Click here for full story

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Victoria Park

November 14, 2007

I wish to use my time today as opposition spokesman for racing to discuss the extraordinary saga that has been the Victoria Park redevelopment proposal. Members are well aware that the newly elected Adelaide City Council has made a decision to reject a lease for the project. Let me firstly back up the comments of Liberal leader Martin Hamilton-Smith by saying that the opposition has consistently s...Click here for full story

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