December 6, 2016
I rise to speak to the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration (Gender Identity) Amendment Bill. This bill seeks to change the way personal biographical information is registered, stored and retrieved by the state and its citizens within South Australia. My understanding of the reasons for this bill is that transgender and intersex people may often have identity documents which are inconsistent ...Click here for full story
December 6, 2016
I rise to speak to the Adoption (Review) Amendment Bill. I indicate that I will be supporting the bulk of this bill as per the Liberal Party position. There are many aspects of this bill which have merit and should be welcomed. These include the sensible reforms in the areas of adult adoption, retention of the child's name and the discharging of adoption orders. The Hon. Mr Wade has carriage of th...Click here for full story
December 6, 2016
I rise to speak to the Relationships Register (No 1) Bill. This bill underpins the mechanics of further bills currently before this place which establish a new kind of qualifying relationship for parenting eligibility when it comes to adoption and surrogacy.
In the first instance, all of these measures were in one big, complex bill, which was very sensibly separated into a number of bills in the...Click here for full story
November 30, 2016
I would like to thank honourable members for their contributions. Minister, I am pleased to hear your contribution. I would like to thank the Hon. Tammy Franks for her support and contribution and the honourable 'superfish', sorry, the Hon. Kelly Vincent. I get confused now that I know you are the 'superfish', Hon. Ms Vincent.
I am pleased that we have overwhelming support for this particular mo...Click here for full story
November 30, 2016
I rise today to speak on the Right on Crime project of the Texas Public Policy Foundation. In its own words, the project is a 'national campaign to promote successful, conservative solutions on American criminal justice policy—reforming the system to ensure public safety, shrink government, and save taxpayers money'.
Just to give you some background, I have spoken previously in this place ...Click here for full story
November 2, 2016
I move the motion as set out, but in paragraph 1(d)(iv) leave out the words 'is now dying' and insert the words 'has died'.
1. That a select committee of the Legislative Council be established to inquire into the government’s administration of South Australia’s Prisons with particular reference to—
(a) the costs and impacts (upon prison officers, pr...Click here for full story
October 19, 2016
I rise to speak to the motion moved by the Hon. Tung Ngo wishing our Olympians and Paralympians well for participating in the Rio Olympic Games, particularly those from South Australia. Of course, the opposition supports this motion despite the fact that it is now well after the conclusion of the games. I am sure we all wished our athletes well before they embarked on their respective ca...Click here for full story
October 19, 2016
I rise to support the motion of the Hon. T.T. Ngo, that the report of the Aboriginal Lands Parliamentary Standing Committee 2015-16 be noted. I would just like to say a few words. I thank the members who participated on that committee. We meet regularly and take quite a bit of evidence from people who are very keen to come and tell us their stories. We then pass that information on to the relevant...Click here for full story
September 29, 2016
I rise to speak to the Appropriation Bill for 2016. I will attempt, through my contribution, to address the many falsehoods the Labor government is peddling to South Australians in this budget. The Treasurer believes the budget position is sound and that the state is saved because he delivered a surplus—but it is not a true surplus. We know, on this side of the chamber, that the only reason ...Click here for full story
September 21, 2016
I rise today to speak against the motion moved by the Hon. Ms Franks to establish a select committee to investigate the greyhound racing industry in our state. Sport and recreation are central to the lives of many South Australians and participating in them is an expression of the freedoms which we treasure. Many depend on them for their income, whilst others marvel in awe at the physical feats of...Click here for full story
July 27, 2016
I rise today to speak about the government's proposed wagering 'place of consumption' tax. On an empirical level, it is very disappointing to see that the government's solution to everything seems to be further taxation. Another tax is not what this state needs. In fact, a more efficient taxation system would improve the economic system here dramatically, but I diverge. This unimaginative Labor go...Click here for full story
July 26, 2016
On behalf of the opposition I rise to speak to the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Land Rights (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill currently before the council. This bill seeks to make significant changes to the governance of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara, known as the APY.
The freehold to lands in the north-west corner of the state have been invested in the Anangu body corporate, w...Click here for full story
June 21, 2016
I rise today to speak to the Constitution (Appropriation and Supply) Amendment Bill currently before the council. I acknowledge the detailed contribution of my colleague the Hon. Mr Lucas, as he outlined the history of the powers of this place in regard to money bills and clauses. In referring to Combe's volume on responsible government in South Australia, the Hon. Mr Lucas identified that there w...Click here for full story
May 26, 2016
I rise to speak to the Supply Bill 2016. This is a formality in that the date of the budget has been set in June in recent times, although it has been postponed to 7 July due to the upcoming federal election. Therefore, in order to allow full debate of the Appropriation Bill, a Supply Bill must be passed in order to guarantee the government continues to function between 1 July and the date of asse...Click here for full story
May 25, 2016
That this council congratulates Adelaide United Football Club for claiming the A-League premiership and championship in season 2015-16.
Adelaide United Football Club, the Mighty Reds, very recently completed the greatest achievement of the club's 13-year history. Adelaide United not only finished top of the table and therefore crowned premiers, but also completed a sweep of the finals ...Click here for full story