Government Whip in the Legislative Council

Liberal Member in the Parliament of South Australia




Statutes Amendment (Real Estate Reform Review and Other Matters) Bill

April 9, 2013

I rise to speak on behalf of the Liberal Party with regard to this bill. I acknowledge the member for Goyder in another place for his assistance and ongoing work on this bill; he really has been tireless in his efforts. It has been difficult to make sure that we have been quite steady in our resolve to support the industry with this bill, given that at different times there have been conflicting o...Click here for full story

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Constitution (Recognition of Aboriginal Peoples) Amendment Bill

March 21, 2013

It is with a great deal of pride that I rise as the lead speaker for the opposition and indicate our support for this bill. This bill seeks to insert a new section into the Constitution Act recognising the establishment of the province and subsequent colony of South Australia, the failure within its establishment to effectively recognise the Aboriginal inhabitants of the same and finally to recogn...Click here for full story

Views: 1375

Road Traffic (Emergency Service Speed Zones) Amendment Bill

March 20, 2013

I move: That this bill be now read a second time. I had a half-hour presentation organised, but the Leader of the Government has asked me to keep it brief, and as I am always respectful, I will keep it to a very brief contribution. This bill is a common-sense policy, and I applaud the efforts of the members for Stuart and Kavel in the other place to ensure that this becomes law as soon as possib...Click here for full story

Views: 1214

Matter of Interest - Drugs in Sport

March 6, 2013

I wish to speak about the recent findings of the Australian Crime Commission outlining the concerning presence of performance-enhancing drugs in our sporting codes and the alleged influence of organised crime. I do not want to doubt the findings and the great work of the Australian Crime Commission, as extensive research has gone into the report that was announced via a government-led press confer...Click here for full story

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Advanced Care Directives Bill

February 5, 2013

I wish to start by indicating that I will be voting against the bill. Aspects of this bill which relate to a person's assets, financial and domestic particulars, and an individual's wishes for the future of those particulars I fully support; however, what this bill refers to as an advance care directive also encompasses future healthcare arrangements. Essentially this can cover provisions for euth...Click here for full story

Views: 1219

Matter of Interest - KPMG Celebration of Sport

November 28, 2012

Last Friday night I attended the KPMG Celebration of Sport at the Entertainment Centre, a gala event to recognise South Australia's sporting high achievers. The night would not have been possible without the fantastic work done by Sport SA, as well as support from those in the corporate media worlds—KPMG, Channel 7 and The Advertiser in particular. It was fantastic to see 500 people in attendance ...Click here for full story

Views: 1553

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

Views: 1819

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

Views: 1550

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

Views: 1375

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

Views: 3161

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

Views: 1298

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

Views: 1138

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

Views: 1205

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

Views: 1293

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

Views: 1182

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