Government Whip in the Legislative Council

Liberal Member in the Parliament of South Australia




Supply Bill 2010

June 29, 2010

I rise to support the Supply Bill and to briefly raise a few issues related to my work in the shadow portfolio of sport. I want to take this opportunity to focus on an issue which is gaining some traction in the media, which has been an issue for local sporting clubs for some time, that is, the continued lack of funding from the state government for grassroots sport. The next state budget must ad...Click here for full story

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Matter of Interest - National Reconciliation Week

May 26, 2010

National Reconciliation Week celebrations will occur across the country from this Thursday, 27 May, until Thursday, 3 June. These two dates hold particular significance for Indigenous Australians. On 27 May 1967, the referendum was held in which over 90 per cent of Australians voted to remove sections of our constitution which discriminated against Aboriginal people. Further, 3 June marks the anni...Click here for full story

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Address in Reply 2010

May 25, 2010

May I begin by thanking the Governor for his address and also on the way he continues to carry out his duties in our community, along with Mrs Scarce. I support the great work the Governor undertakes in promoting South Australia. The Governor spoke about the Rann Government's commitment to reconnect and re-engage with the State. Now, a lot of my colleagues have already raised how the government...Click here for full story

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Racing Select Committee

December 2, 2009

Thanks for your guidance, Mr President, it is always very welcome. I move: That the interim report of the Select Committee on Certain Matters Relating to Horse Racing in South Australia be noted. I am pleased to speak on the progress our committee has made to date with its deliberations. The committee has resolved to present an interim report as we would be unable to finalise deliberations befor...Click here for full story

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City West Precinct

December 2, 2009

It is with pleasure that I rise today to further discuss the state Liberal Party's plans for City West. The plan to rejuvenate the precinct represents an exciting vision for Adelaide's future. South Australians have become frustrated by eight years of inaction by a government that has not outlined a plan for Adelaide's future. It has been scaremongering at its very best from the Treasurer, who f...Click here for full story

Views: 815

National Parks and Wildlife (Ban on Hunting Protected Animals) Amendment Bill

November 18, 2009

I am pleased to rise to speak on this bill on behalf of the Liberal Party, and I say at the outset that we will not be supporting the Hon. Mark Parnell's bill. I want quickly to touch on my own life experiences with regard to that "evil" subject of duck hunting. I was fortunate enough some 30 years ago to be introduced to the great feast of wild duck by my father-in-law. I was lucky enough to be...Click here for full story

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Matter of Interest - Motorsport complex

October 28, 2009

I will use my time today to talk about plans to deliver a motorsport facility for Adelaide at Gillman. The state Liberals support such a facility as we think it will be of great benefit to the community. Adelaide Motorplex is a private consortium that has been working on a proposal for the past two years to develop a $25 million multicode motorsport complex at Gillman near Port Adelaide, down at ...Click here for full story

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Liquor Licensing Amendment Bill 2009

October 13, 2009

I advise that the opposition supports this bill. We have consulted with industry stakeholders and listened to a number of arguments for and against the bill. We have certainly received quite a lot of feedback. At the end of the day, the Australian Hotels Association and industry stakeholders welcome the proposed amendments, so we will support them because, as Liberals, we listen to small business....Click here for full story

Views: 890


September 23, 2009

The South Australian Sports Institute (SASI) is a very important organisation in our community. As shadow minister for sport, I would like to put on the record the opposition's respect for the great work the organisation carries out. SASI conducts programs and services to identify, develop and support athletes with the potential to perform at the highest national and international levels of sport....Click here for full story

Views: 962

Fire and Emergency Services (Review) Amendment Bill

September 22, 2009

I am pleased to speak on behalf of the opposition on this bill which, as all members are aware, is an extremely important measure. Every member of parliament wants the best outcome possible from this bill so it has been good to see the high level of community feedback. This bill has involved a lot of work and consultation between the houses, and I am certain that that work will only serve to imp...Click here for full story

Views: 940

Appropriation Bill 2009

July 16, 2009

I rise to speak on the eighth Labor budget; the budget that will define this government going into the state election in March 2010, as it argues the case for a third term. It is a budget from a tired and arrogant government which has spent eight years doing next to nothing and is now trying to promise and borrow its way into a third term. This is a budget which, in a remarkable move, contains a ...Click here for full story

Views: 820

Desert Spirit Cup 2009

June 3, 2009

Today I would like to use my time to congratulate the APY Thunder and the Yuendumu football teams. These two teams contested the Inaugural Desert Spirit Cup Grand Final, which was held on Sunday at the MCG before the Collingwood versus Port Power football match. Both teams put on a great display for a huge crowd, and South Australia's APY Thunder ran out eventual winners on the day. Incidental...Click here for full story

Views: 814

Supply Bill

May 12, 2009

I will not repeat everything our lead speaker has said, but there are a few points that I wish to touch on. I will make a reasonably brief contribution, unless the Hon. John Gazzola heckles me too much, in which case it will become far more lengthy and it will drive everybody nuts. Given the global financial crisis that we are facing, it is a very important time for the state's economy to be mana...Click here for full story

Views: 923

Racing Industry Select Committee

April 29, 2009

I thank all honourable members for their contribution, their interest and, I think, generally their genuine concern about racing in this state. I know that I for one have no qualms whatsoever about instigating this motion in relation to this committee, and I sleep well at night knowing that I am interested in racing and its best interests. When talking about the possibility of the select committe...Click here for full story

Views: 770

Authorised Betting Operations (Trade Practices Exemption) Amendment Bill

April 28, 2009

This is one of those rare occasions when I get to stand up and say, 'I told you so.' When this bill was introduced last year we gave it every bit of support we could but made very clear at the time that we thought the legislation was flawed. We actually made that point during the briefing and also during the debate. It is no surprise to us that this amendment bill has been brought back. What does ...Click here for full story

Views: 694

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