Government Whip in the Legislative Council

Liberal Member in the Parliament of South Australia




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

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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

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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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Casino (Enclosed Areas) Amendment Bill

September 14, 2011

The Hon. John Darley has moved this bill in response to an incident that occurred at the Adelaide Casino some months ago. In addressing this bill, my focus will be on the future and on the past. In planning for the future, we should understand what has gone before, and we should be guided by facts and economic realities, not by the rhetoric and chest-thumping of government media releases. The Sk...Click here for full story

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Appropriation Bill

July 28, 2011

I rise to make a brief contribution on the Appropriation Bill. I commend the Hon. Rob Lucas on (a) his speech and (b) the fine work that his Budget and Finance Committee does in keeping this government, at best, remotely honest. I just want to highlight a couple of disturbing things before I touch on a couple of areas in my various portfolios. Access Economics has reported statistical informatio...Click here for full story

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Matter of Interest - Problems in Tourism

July 6, 2011

I wish to speak today on the concerning plans the government has for the tourism industry in this state and the impact of these plans on the industry, particularly in regional South Australia. The government has done two things which I believe will fail to grow tourism in this state and may even harm it. They are the implementation of the Regional Tourism Growth Plan and the privatisation of the S...Click here for full story

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Liquor Licensing (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill

June 23, 2011

I rise to make a couple of brief comments on the Liquor Licensing (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 2011. At the outset, can I congratulate my colleague the Hon. Michelle Lensink for articulating our position quite clearly. I am quite proud to support that particular position. I would just like to make a couple of comments about the hotel industry and, in fact, the Casino. Members may be aware that...Click here for full story

Views: 1100

Matter of Interest - Electricity Prices in Coober Pedy

May 18, 2011

In March, I asked a question without notice of the Leader of the Government about an increase in the tariff under the remote areas electricity scheme significantly affecting the price of electricity to residents of Coober Pedy. Yesterday, I finally received a response to this question. I am not bitter or twisted; however, I am aware that it is called question time and not answer time. The minist...Click here for full story

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Supply Bill 2011

May 5, 2011

I rise to make a brief contribution on the Supply Bill 2011. The passage of this bill will fund the activities of the government from 1 July to when the Appropriation Bill passes sometime after that. From what we have seen in recent years with this government, I cannot imagine that the Appropriation Bill will not attract a hell of a lot of scrutiny and, therefore, could be debated for quite a whil...Click here for full story

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Matter of Interest - APY Lands, Electricity Supply

March 23, 2011

In February, I asked a question about power outages on the APY lands. I advised the council that I was contacted by a constituent from a homeland near Ernabella on the APY lands regarding ongoing power losses on her property and those of her neighbours nearby. This problem has been recurring for a number of years (in fact, since 2004) due to a faulty power line. Power losses have been regular and ...Click here for full story

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Matter of Interest - Sport Participation

February 9, 2011

Recent statistics released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics reveal that South Australia has the worst rate of participation in sport in the country. Involvement in sport and recreation in South Australia has decreased from 66 per cent in 2005-06 to 62 per cent in 2009-10. This is disappointing news given that, under the Rann government's strategic plan, one of the government targets is to in...Click here for full story

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South Australian Aboriginal Sports Training Academy

October 27, 2010

Today I pay tribute to the staff and students involved in the South Australian Aboriginal Sports Training Academy. On Thursday 21 October the Aboriginal Lands Parliamentary Standing Committee had the opportunity to visit the academy at Para West adult campus. It was my second visit and I continue to be impressed. As shadow minister for both Aboriginal affairs and sport, I take a great interest in ...Click here for full story

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