Government Whip in the Legislative Council

Liberal Member in the Parliament of South Australia




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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Aboriginal Heritage (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill

March 10, 2016

I rise today on behalf of the opposition to speak to the Aboriginal Heritage (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill, which we will be supporting subject to some amendments that I have on file. This bill seeks to amend the Aboriginal Heritage Act of 1988 to recognise direct agreements between traditional owners and government, as well as developers and mining operators, regarding the use of sites protected...Click here for full story

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Condolence Motion - Aunty Josie Agius

February 24, 2016

I rise on behalf of the Liberal Party to support the motion and to thank the Hon. Tammy Franks for bringing the motion to the chamber. I would also like to commend the Hon. Tammy Franks for her most eloquent speech, and I know that it was certainly delivered from the heart. I would also like to congratulate the Hon. Tung Ngo for the time and effort he has put into getting that speech together. I k...Click here for full story

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Matter of Interest - Mr D. Stanbury

February 10, 2016

I rise today to acknowledge one of South Australia's unsung heroes. There are many people in our society who are quiet achievers, helping out where needed and answering the call to public service. They do not do what they do for accolades and are surprised and humbled to receive them when they are recognised. One of these people is Des Stanbury, who sits in the gallery today with his family, Ber...Click here for full story

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Port Pirie Racecourse Site Amendment Bill

February 10, 2016

I rise on behalf of the Liberal Party to indicate our support for this very important bill. This bill is intended to amend the Port Pirie Racecourse Site Act 1946, enabling powers for the sublet of land for commercial application. Recently, the Minister for Racing indicated his intention to introduce the bill and that, of course, has been done as a hybrid bill, meaning that a select committee will...Click here for full story

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Firearms Bill - Second Reading Summation

December 10, 2015

I echo the words of the Hon. Robert Brokenshire. This has been a particularly difficult issue, especially coming from the eyes of someone who is always concerned that legitimate firearms owners are normally, almost, the target of any change to legislation when, in fact, the intention should always be to punish the bad guys and take firearms from those people who always operate outside the law. I w...Click here for full story

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Motion noting the report on the Aboriginal Lands Parliamentary Standing Committee

December 9, 2015

I am very pleased to speak on this particular motion and commend the Hon. Tammy Franks for her pretty comprehensive description of the work that we have done and, pretty accurately, the way in which we have gone about it. I do not need to repeat verbatim the things that the Hon. Tammy Franks has said, but I do agree with her quite comprehensive coverage. What I wanted to say was that, personally...Click here for full story

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Motion noting the report on the Inquiry into the State Procurement Board

December 9, 2015

It is with fair bit of pleasure that I rise to speak on this particular issue as I was fortunate enough to be a member of SARC for, I think it was about seven years, and I was certainly at the pointy end of when we started this particular inquiry. This inquiry came about because of a number of representations that I certainly had, but also many members of parliament, and primarily the issue was ab...Click here for full story

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Community Based Sentences (Interstate Transfer) Amendment Bill

December 3, 2015

I rise on behalf of the opposition to support this bill which was introduced by minister Piccolo on 15 October in the other place. It seeks to facilitate the transfer of community based sentences, such as suspended sentences and supervised bonds but not parole, between states. National model legislation currently operates in relation to prison transfer and parole transfers, and this legislation ex...Click here for full story

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Firearms Bill - Second Reading

December 3, 2015

I rise on behalf of the Liberal opposition to speak to the Firearms Bill. At the outset, I acknowledge the hard work of the member for Morialta in another place as our shadow minister for police in putting together all the opposition's amendments and the Liberal Party's position in regard to this bill. Mr Gardner, the member for Morialta, has done an outstanding job with what is, I believe, a very...Click here for full story

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Motion recognising The National Indigenous Times

December 2, 2015

The Hon. Tammy Franks, on 18 March, introduced a private member's motion: That this council notes— 1. The immense contribution of The National Indigenous Times as a powerful voice for Australia's First Peoples; 2. The investment made by the founders of The National Indigenous Times, John and Beverley Rowsthorne; 3. The National Indigenous Times' record as Australia's most awarded Ind...Click here for full story

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Motion supporting Reclink Australia

December 2, 2015

I rise on behalf of the opposition to briefly comment on the motion moved by the Hon. Ms Franks on 14 October, namely that this council recognises that Reclink Australia has been outstanding in delivering sport, recreation and arts participation opportunities to some of the community's most vulnerable and isolated people, at risk youth and those experiencing disadvantage, including mental illness,...Click here for full story

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Motion congratulating Matthew Cowdrey OAM

November 18, 2015

On behalf of Liberal members, it is with a great deal of pride that I rise to support the motion. Paralympic swimmer Matthew Cowdrey has been an outstanding athlete and, on his retirement, we would like to note that, in fact, he won 11 gold medals across three Paralympic Games (those being in 2004, 2008 and 2012) making him Australia's most successful Paralympian. Throughout his incredibly...Click here for full story

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