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Liberal Member in the Parliament of South Australia




Matter of Interest - FFSA Celebration of Football

October 17, 2012

On Saturday 6 October, I had the pleasure of attending the Football Federation of South Australia's inaugural celebration of football at the Entertainment Centre, representing the Liberal Party. It was fantastic to see the Football Federation of South Australia introducing a night of nights, and I believe it is a testament to how much this code of football has grown in the past decade, particularl...Click here for full story

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Matter of Interest - TRSA Awards

September 5, 2012

On the night of 25 August, I had the pleasure of attending the annual industry awards of Thoroughbred Racing South Australia, representing both the member for Stuart and the opposition. This great event recognises the sport's high achievers as well as inducting some legends into the South Australian Racing Hall of Fame. There were approximately 450 industry people in attendance, a very healthy sho...Click here for full story

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Private Member's Motion - Adelaide United Football Club

September 5, 2012

I move: That this council— 1.Recognises— (a)That Adelaide United Football Club represents Adelaide and South Australia in a national sporting competition; (b)That Adelaide United Football Club represents Adelaide and South Australia in an international sporting competition outside of our national league; (c)The social, health and economic benefits that Adelaide United Football Club contribute...Click here for full story

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Appropriation Bill 2012

July 19, 2012

Thank you for the opportunity to contribute to the debate on this bill. The financial management of this government leaves much to be desired. Labor's poor governance has had an adverse impact on hardworking South Australians struggling with a dramatic rise in the cost of living. The truth of the matter is that under Labor, South Australia is headed for financial disaster. There was a time when So...Click here for full story

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Matter of Interest - Carbon Tax

May 30, 2012

I wish to take this time to talk about the implications of the federal government's carbon tax, which is to come into effect on 1 July. The point of a punitive tax is to change behaviour, and the Gillard government is of the belief that certain industries and companies need to be punished for doing exactly what they are meant to be doing. The government is changing the goalposts on crucial Austral...Click here for full story

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Matter of Interest - Adelaide City Planning

April 4, 2012

I rise to talk about the vibrancy of the Adelaide CBD and the proposals put forward in the Property Council of Australia's report 'City of lights', that were the topic of today's front page of The Advertiser. What the report emphasises is that Adelaide has much to learn from the city of Melbourne in terms of the regulation of development. Current government policies when it comes to land tax, stam...Click here for full story

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Shop Trading Hours Bill

March 28, 2012

I have some comments to make on clause 1. Firstly, can I just say how disappointed I am, not so much with the government because I would not expect anything less than the way they have pulled this on, but with my crossbench colleagues for basically guillotining our opportunity to make second reading contributions. It is almost unprecedented. Last night I was actually in shock. Given that the indic...Click here for full story

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Matter of Interest - Shop Trading Hours

February 29, 2012

I wish to briefly talk about the agreement between Business SA and the SDA regarding the new shop trading hours, which has opened up a number of public holidays to shop trading but has also created two new public holidays from 5pm to midnight on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. I fail to understand the logic behind this proposal, other than a need of a disproportionately powerful union to validat...Click here for full story

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Address in Reply - Second Session, 52nd Parliament

February 28, 2012

Firstly, I would like to thank His Excellency the Governor for overseeing the opening ceremony of parliament. The ceremony was conducted with great respect and sense of occasion, in keeping with the dignity of His Excellency's office and that of this great institution, the Parliament of South Australia. I welcome the extension of His Excellency's term for another two years and have no doubt he wil...Click here for full story

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Matter of Interest - SA Sport Hall of Fame

November 23, 2011

I rise to speak about the celebration that I attended last Friday night, The Advertiser/Channel 7 Sports Star of the Year award, and also the new inductees into the South Australian Sporting Hall of Fame. I acknowledge that particular function was attended by the Hon. Carmel Zollo, the Leader of the Opposition (Isobel Redmond MP) and also the member for Chaffey (Mr Tim Whetstone MP). The Hon. Mich...Click here for full story

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Children's Protection (Lawful Surrender of Newborn Child) Amendment Bill

November 23, 2011

I rise on behalf of the Liberal Party to indicate our position on this bill. We are prepared to support the second reading of the bill. The Victorian government is currently leading research on behalf of the Community and Disability Services Ministerial Council to identify options currently available to respond to the issue of abandoned and relinquished babies. I understand that this research will...Click here for full story

Views: 770

Roxby Downs (Indenture Ratification) (Amendment of Indenture) Amendment Bill

November 23, 2011

I rise to speak briefly—and people do know that when I say 'briefly' it will be brief—on this extremely important bill. What I will not do is trawl over the ground in the excellent contributions from my colleagues the Hon. David Ridgway, the Hon. Michelle Lensink, the Hon. Stephen Wade and, of course, the Hon. Rob Lucas. I know that the Hon. John Dawkins is to follow me. For the record, this is an...Click here for full story

Views: 765

Correctional Services (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill

November 10, 2011

I rise to speak to the Correctional Services (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill, which has two distinct parts affecting prison management and the parole system. I would like to acknowledge the work of the Hon. Stephen Wade, who has already spoken on this bill on behalf of the Liberal Party as the shadow attorney-general. I thank him for his work and analysis of the bill. His expertise in combing throu...Click here for full story

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Matter of Interest - Mount Gambier Prison Expansion

September 28, 2011

I wish to talk about the dire state of the corrections system in this state, specifically using the example of the proposed Mount Gambier Prison expansion. As honourable members would know, the Mount Gambier Prison is privately run by the private security firm G4S. In the context of the government's abandoning of the new prison project at Murray Bridge, and the subsequent payment of more than $1...Click here for full story

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Small Business Commissioner Bill

September 27, 2011

I rise to speak on the Small Business Commissioner Bill. As lead speaker for the Liberal Party, I will outline the opposition's concerns with regards to this bill. As honourable members are aware, the Liberal Party opposed this bill in the other place. The Small Business Commissioner Bill establishes an agency of the Crown to regulate franchising arrangements as well as other aspects of small bu...Click here for full story

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