Government Whip in the Legislative Council

Liberal Member in the Parliament of South Australia




Genetically Modified Crops Management (Designated Area) Amendment Bill

December 10, 2019

I rise to speak on the Genetically Modified Crops Management (Designated Area) Amendment Bill. This state has a long and proud history of agriculture. Agriculture has always played a vital role in South Australia, contributing to our economy through trade and employment, as well as being the heartbeat of our regional communities. Often, agriculture is what sustains our regional communities, and ...Click here for full story

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Purple Poppy Day Motion

December 4, 2019

I would like to thank the Hon. Frank Pangallo for moving the motion in the Legislative Council to recognise Purple Poppy Day. Purple Poppy Day is to commemorate all the animals that have served and continue to serve in war-torn conflicts. It is an occasion that serves as a reminder to acknowledge the bravery of animals and that both humans and animals have served together in protecting our nationa...Click here for full story

Views: 413

Festa Croatian Food and Wine Festival 2019

December 4, 2019

I rise today to speak about the recent Croatian Food and Wine Festival. The Festa, which, in Croatian, is a general description of festivals, celebrations and parties, was held on Saturday 23 November this year. This year marked the 16th consecutive Festa celebration. It was originally started by a small group of volunteers who wanted to celebrate and share their unique Croatian heritage thro...Click here for full story

Views: 423

Vickers Vimy Aircraft Motion

November 14, 2019

 I rise today to further acknowledge the importance of recognising the achievements of South Australian brothers Ross and Keith Smith. December 2019 will mark the 100-year anniversary of when the two brothers piloted their modified Vickers Vimy bomber from England to Australia and won the Great Air Race in 1919. This historical achievement should be celebrated as a moment of state p...Click here for full story

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Battle of Coral-Balmoral Motion

November 14, 2019

I rise today to contribute to the recognition of those who fought at the Battle of Coral-Balmoral in Vietnam in 1968. Sir, 12 May 2018 marked the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Coral-Balmoral, and the commemoration service took place that morning in front of the Vietnam War Memorial at the Torrens Parade Ground. The Premier, as Minister for Veterans' Affairs, presented a ministerial statem...Click here for full story

Views: 184

RAAF Base Edinburgh Air Show

November 13, 2019

 I rise today to commend the RAAF Base Edinburgh Air Show, which I attended on Sunday 10 November 2019. The air show marks one of many events on this year's calendar celebrating the epic flight centenary of the South Australian brothers, Sir Ross Smith and Sir Keith Smith. I have previously spoken in this place about the history of the Smith brothers' flight from London to Australia in their ...Click here for full story

Views: 196

Tauto Sansbury Condolence Motion

October 30, 2019

 I rise today to support the Hon. Kyam Maher's motion acknowledging the life and contribution of Narungga/Kaurna Elder Tauto Sansbury. I wish to join those on all sides of politics, and many more Australians, in extending my condolences to Tauto's family, friends and the wider Aboriginal community. Tauto's dedication to his family and his people throughout his life is undeniable. He has show...Click here for full story

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Legislative Review Committee - Gayle's Law

October 16, 2019

On 19 June this year, the Legislative Review Committee resolved to conduct an inquiry into the variation regulations that have been developed to support the operation of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (South Australia) (Remote Area Attendance) Amendment Act 2017, more commonly known as Gayle's Law. Gayle's Law is legislation the parliament passed in late 2017 in response to the tr...Click here for full story

Views: 260

The Masked Brothers: Pride of Australia 2019 Nomination

October 16, 2019

As many of you know, I have spoken in this place previously about the unforgivable and atrocious nature of child sexual assault. Time does not erode the gravity of these offences and I believe that adequate penalties must be applied in all circumstances. Unfortunately, in the past, perpetrators have been able to serve penalties of home detention or pathetically short custodial sentences for unspea...Click here for full story

Views: 286

Statutes Amendment (Mineral Resources) Bill

October 15, 2019

I rise today to note my opposition to the Statutes Amendment (Mineral Resources) Bill. I do not believe that this bill goes far enough to protect our farmers and South Australia's farmland. As stated by a number of my colleagues in the other place, this bill leaves too many issues unresolved for our state's primary producers. As such, I cannot support it in its current form, and have reserved my r...Click here for full story

Views: 182

White Balloon Day

September 26, 2019

 I rise to congratulate the Hon. Tammy Franks MLC on the motion before this council. I would like to reiterate the enormous importance of protecting all children from sexual assault. Beyond our support, we must acknowledge and bring awareness to the shocking pain and suffering endured by those who have been subjected to sexual assault in their lives. White Balloon Day is a campaign raising aw...Click here for full story

Views: 214

Statutory Authorities Review Committee: Inquiry into the State Procurement Board

September 26, 2019

I move this report on behalf of the committee, and I do so with, I would have to say, some enthusiasm. The State Procurement Board should form an important function for South Australia. Their management can achieve positive results for the government, taxpayers and local business. However, this is the second inquiry of the Statutory Authorities Review Committee into the State Procurement Board in ...Click here for full story

Views: 442

Deboo Appeal 2019

July 3, 2019

As some of you may remember, I moved a motion last year regarding the importance of National Child Protection Week. On that occasion I took the opportunity to highlight some of the absolutely harrowing figures relating to Australian children who have suffered abuse, neglect, child maltreatment, or some other harm at the hands of those who should have protected them. I rise today to speak t...Click here for full story

Views: 593

Management of Overabundant and Pest Species Report

July 3, 2019

Mr President - In 2018 the Natural Resource Committee commenced an inquiry to understand and review the current framework for the Management of Overabundant and Pest Species in South Australia. South Australia is home to numerous unique natural assets, many of which are adversely impacted by the occupancy of overabundant and pest species. This is not the first Parliamentary Inquiry into this ...Click here for full story

Views: 622

Supply Bill 2019

June 18, 2019

I rise to speak to the Supply Bill 2019. A government is entrusted to handle funds it requires from its taxpayers with the utmost care. All funds spent by the government, should serve a valuable purpose and provide a net benefit for the constituency. A concept I have explained before in this Chamber, whilst in opposition, is that revenue is often used as a term in government as if the mone...Click here for full story

Views: 520

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