Government Whip in the Legislative Council

Liberal Member in the Parliament of South Australia




Motion of Condolence - Hon A.M. Whyte

February 12, 2015

I start my support of this motion by acknowledging Mrs Mary Whyte, the Hon. Caroline Schaefer, Gar and Nettie Heron, and of course the Hon. Peter Dunn, former President of the Legislative Council. I was fortunate to meet Caroline Schaefer, the first of the Whyte family I came into contact with, and the great privilege that I had through meeting Caroline was to be introduce...Click here for full story

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Valedictory - Hon I.F. Evans

December 3, 2014

Given the hour and the enormous amount of work that this council has worked its way through today in a most professional manner, I will try to keep my comments brief, but, to be fair, I would have liked to have had more time to expand on my relationship and the wonderful contribution of the Hon. Iain Evans to the people and the parliament of South Australia. Many wonderful thi...Click here for full story

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Matter of Interest - Australian Hotels Association

December 3, 2014

I rise to talk today about the Australian Hotels Association, South Australian division. Many members of parliament paid their respects to the South Australian division of the Australian Hotels Association at its annual lunch yesterday, the Tuesday just passed. It is always a well-attended event; well attended by members of parliament and very much so out of respect for that pa...Click here for full story

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APY Land Rights (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill

December 2, 2014

I rise to speak for the opposition on this particular bill. It would be no surprise to you, given that you have been a member of this place for some time, to know that I have been asking questions about some of the proprietary performances of the APY Executive for some period of time. In fact, my first question of this issue was in October last year. Today in question time we learned that the ...Click here for full story

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Matter of Interest - South Australian Economy

October 29, 2014

 I rise to make a few comments on the South Australian economy, and in particular the government's handling of it. In an excellent opinion piece in last Tuesday's Advertiser, the Commonwealth Minister for Finance, one of the Coalition Government's shining lights, Senator the Hon. Mathias Cormann, stated some home truths for the people of South Australia. His comments relat...Click here for full story

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Stolen Generation (Compensation) Bill 2014

October 15, 2014

Introduction and First Reading The Hon. T.J. STEPHENS (16:17): Obtained leave and introduced a bill for an act to establish a scheme for ex gratia payments of compensation to be made to members of the Stolen Generations; and for other purposes. Read a first time. Second Reading The Hon. T.J. STEPHENS (16:18): I move: That this bill be now read a second time. I rise to...Click here for full story

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Aboriginal Lands Parliamentary Standing Committee - Annual Report

September 24, 2014

I rise to support the remarks of the Hon. Tung Ngo and thank him for his summation of the hard work of the Aboriginal Lands Standing Committee. I would say that the Aboriginal Lands Standing Committee is a tripartisan committee, not a bipartisan committee, because of course we have the Hon. Tammy Franks who participates with some vigour in that committee, as Aboriginal affairs is obviously qu...Click here for full story

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Budget Measures Bill 2014

September 18, 2014

I acknowledge that the opposition supports the bill; however, just not in its current form. It is my understanding that amendments will be introduced at a later stage, and it is the reasoning for those amendments that I largely wish to talk about now. Whilst it is somewhat unusual for this place to recommend amendments to a budget-related bill, we believe our position to be justified, and man...Click here for full story

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Appropriation Bill 2014

August 7, 2014

I rise to make some comment on the Appropriation Bill which, as promised by the opposition, passed the other place unfettered, as I predict it will here. Despite the predictable scaremongering from the Treasurer that we planned on blocking supply, no such thing occurred. However, the opposition does have a few concerns with the budget—in fact, we have many concerns with the budget&...Click here for full story

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Matter of Interest - State Budget

June 18, 2014

I rise to make a few comments on the impending budget tomorrow. A few weeks ago in this place, I touched on the need for the government to cut spending and red tape in order to encourage economic growth. There, of course, is another benefit to cutting spending: getting the budget back in the black and reducing the state's debt burden. Doing all of this will allow taxpayer dollars to once agai...Click here for full story

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Address in Reply

May 22, 2014

I rise to support the motion. At the outset I congratulate the Governor and Mrs Scarce on the way they conduct themselves at all times and represent the people of South Australia. I am incredibly proud of the work they do and, as I said in a previous speech, I rarely congratulate the former premier Mike Rann on a number of his appointments, but I think premier Rann got it absolutely right wit...Click here for full story

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Matter of Interest - South Australian Economy

May 7, 2014

I wish to speak today about the dire state of the South Australian economy. Everyone in this place would be aware that the Liberal Party ran on a platform of reinvigorating the economy through a combination of tax cuts and lowering government spending. Unfortunately, the election result, while close, did not see a change of government, but it does not mean that a similar outcome cannot be ach...Click here for full story

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Statutory Authorities Review Committee: Annual Report 2012-13

November 27, 2013

I start my contribution by thanking the Hon. Carmel Zollo for her stewardship over the last five years. I have been on this committee for my entire parliamentary career and she has had this committee in her control over the last five years. I believe it is a very good committee that serves the people of South Australia and this parliament. Can I also thank the staff. I will not mention everybody...Click here for full story

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Motor Vehicles (Driver Licensing) Amendment Bill

November 14, 2013

I rise on behalf of the opposition to speak on this bill. As outlined previously by the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation, this bill amends the Motor Vehicles Act to enable the minister to exempt remote Aboriginal communities, initially the APY and MT peoples, from the onerous licensing regulations. The opposition believes this to be common-sense legislation. It is quite obvi...Click here for full story

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F-Class Rifle Shooting World Championships

October 30, 2013

Thank you, Mr President, for that welcome for my guests. I wish to speak today on our world champion sporting shooters in this state. Recently, I had the pleasure of attending the South Australian state rifle championships at the Lower Light Rifle Range. I was given the honour of presenting trophies during the formalities of the event. I was lucky enough to meet some gentlemen, who are guests of m...Click here for full story

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