Government Whip in the Legislative Council

Liberal Member in the Parliament of South Australia




Prison Administration 2016

November 30, 2016

I would like to thank honourable members for their contributions. Minister, I am pleased to hear your contribution. I would like to thank the Hon. Tammy Franks for her support and contribution and the honourable 'superfish', sorry, the Hon. Kelly Vincent. I get confused now that I know you are the 'superfish', Hon. Ms Vincent. I am pleased that we have overwhelming support for this particular mo...Click here for full story

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Right on Crime 2016

November 30, 2016

I rise today to speak on the Right on Crime project of the Texas Public Policy Foundation. In its own words, the project is a 'national campaign to promote successful, conservative solutions on American criminal justice policy—reforming the system to ensure public safety, shrink government, and save taxpayers money'. Just to give you some background, I have spoken previously in this place ...Click here for full story

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Prison Administration 2016

November 2, 2016

I move the motion as set out, but in paragraph 1(d)(iv) leave out the words 'is now dying' and insert the words 'has died'. 1. That a select committee of the Legislative Council be established to inquire into the government’s administration of South Australia’s Prisons with particular reference to— (a) the costs and impacts (upon prison officers, pr...Click here for full story

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Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games 2016

October 19, 2016

I rise to speak to the motion moved by the Hon. Tung Ngo wishing our Olympians and Paralympians well for participating in the Rio Olympic Games, particularly those from South Australia. Of course, the opposition supports this motion despite the fact that it is now well after the conclusion of the games. I am sure we all wished our athletes well before they embarked on their respective ca...Click here for full story

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Aboriginal Lands Parliamentary Standing Committee: Annual Report 2015-16

October 19, 2016

I rise to support the motion of the Hon. T.T. Ngo, that the report of the Aboriginal Lands Parliamentary Standing Committee 2015-16 be noted. I would just like to say a few words. I thank the members who participated on that committee. We meet regularly and take quite a bit of evidence from people who are very keen to come and tell us their stories. We then pass that information on to the relevant...Click here for full story

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Appropriation Bill 2016

September 29, 2016

I rise to speak to the Appropriation Bill for 2016. I will attempt, through my contribution, to address the many falsehoods the Labor government is peddling to South Australians in this budget. The Treasurer believes the budget position is sound and that the state is saved because he delivered a surplus—but it is not a true surplus. We know, on this side of the chamber, that the only reason ...Click here for full story

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Motion to establish a Select Committee on Greyhound Racing

September 21, 2016

I rise today to speak against the motion moved by the Hon. Ms Franks to establish a select committee to investigate the greyhound racing industry in our state. Sport and recreation are central to the lives of many South Australians and participating in them is an expression of the freedoms which we treasure. Many depend on them for their income, whilst others marvel in awe at the physical feats of...Click here for full story

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Matter of Interest - Online Betting Tax

July 27, 2016

I rise today to speak about the government's proposed wagering 'place of consumption' tax. On an empirical level, it is very disappointing to see that the government's solution to everything seems to be further taxation. Another tax is not what this state needs. In fact, a more efficient taxation system would improve the economic system here dramatically, but I diverge. This unimaginative Labor go...Click here for full story

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Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Land Rights (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill

July 26, 2016

On behalf of the opposition I rise to speak to the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Land Rights (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill currently before the council. This bill seeks to make significant changes to the governance of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara, known as the APY. The freehold to lands in the north-west corner of the state have been invested in the Anangu body corporate, w...Click here for full story

Views: 794

Constitution (Appropriation and Supply) Amendment Bill

June 21, 2016

I rise today to speak to the Constitution (Appropriation and Supply) Amendment Bill currently before the council. I acknowledge the detailed contribution of my colleague the Hon. Mr Lucas, as he outlined the history of the powers of this place in regard to money bills and clauses. In referring to Combe's volume on responsible government in South Australia, the Hon. Mr Lucas identified that there w...Click here for full story

Views: 960

Supply Bill 2016

May 26, 2016

I rise to speak to the Supply Bill 2016. This is a formality in that the date of the budget has been set in June in recent times, although it has been postponed to 7 July due to the upcoming federal election. Therefore, in order to allow full debate of the Appropriation Bill, a Supply Bill must be passed in order to guarantee the government continues to function between 1 July and the date of asse...Click here for full story

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Motion congratulating Adelaide United Football Club

May 25, 2016

I move: That this council congratulates Adelaide United Football Club for claiming the A-League premiership and championship in season 2015-16. Adelaide United Football Club, the Mighty Reds, very recently completed the greatest achievement of the club's 13-year history. Adelaide United not only finished top of the table and therefore crowned premiers, but also completed a sweep of the finals ...Click here for full story

Views: 1015

Matter of Interest - Federal Election

May 18, 2016

I rise today to talk about the upcoming federal election, as I do not believe I will get another opportunity to do so in this place before then. This election is an important one for the medium-term direction of the country and South Australia in particular. It would be no surprise that I am advocating for the re-election of the Coalition government, and so I ask South Australians to support their...Click here for full story

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Motion congratulating Mr Steve Davis

April 13, 2016

I move: That this council— 1. Celebrates the outstanding 25-year career of South Australian international cricket umpire, Steve Davis, upon his retirement in June; 2. Acknowledges Steve Davis's commitment to cricket in which he umpired 57 test matches, 137 One Day Internationals, and 26 T20 Internationals; and 3. Recognises the important role played by umpires, officials and voluntee...Click here for full story

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Matter of Interest - Southern Redbacks

March 23, 2016

I rise today to congratulate the South Australian first XI, commonly known as the Redbacks, on reaching the final of the Sheffield Shield this season. The Redbacks qualified for the final after outright victories in their last two matches against Western Australia and Tasmania, and were assisted by Western Australia beating Queensland outright in Brisbane in the final round. I congratulate the Mar...Click here for full story

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