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Liberal Member in the Parliament of South Australia




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

Views: 862

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

Views: 833

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: 865

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

Views: 885

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

Views: 892

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

Views: 898

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

Views: 840

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

Views: 931

Appropriation Bill

October 26, 2010

I appreciate the opportunity to speak briefly about the portfolios for which I am responsible, starting with the portfolio of sport, recreation and racing. I wish to touch on two Liberal initiatives supported in the budget, and cynics amongst us might suggest that this is to appease many in the sporting sector who are still ropeable about the funding this government is putting towards the Adelaid...Click here for full story

Views: 923

Gaming Machines (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 2010

September 29, 2010

I rise as the lead speaker for the Liberal Party on this bill, and I thank my colleagues in the other place who have made a contribution to this measure. I especially thank the member for Goyder, who was responsible for the carriage of this bill in the other place. Mr President, as you would be aware, gambling matters are matters of conscience for the Liberal Party, and I am sure that my colleague...Click here for full story

Views: 921

Matter of Interest - Adelaide Thunderbirds

July 21, 2010

As honourable members would be well aware, on Sunday 11 July the mighty Adelaide Thunderbirds thumped the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic in the ANZ Championship Grand Final at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre. A huge and vocal crowd watched the Thunderbirds take out the ANZ Championship. The atmosphere was electric, with a full house of 9,300 people cheering the girls on. In what was widely acknowl...Click here for full story

Views: 956

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

Views: 827

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

Views: 882

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

Views: 862

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