Real Estate Industry

I wish to use my time today to reflect on the arrogance and bullying tactics of the Rann government regarding upper house amendments to the recent real estate industry legislation I am very keen to put on the record my thoughts on how the government handled this bill at that time. We had a very…

Equine Influenza

Today I will discuss the equine influenza outbreak which has gripped the Australian racing industry. In August this year, Australia experienced its first outbreak of equine influenza, a highly-contagious viral disease which has crippled the Australian racing industry. At present there are confirmed cases of the virus only in New South Wales and Queensland. As…

Appropriation Bill 2007

French statesman Charles de Gaulle reportedly once said, `In politics it is necessary either to betray one’s country or the electorate. I prefer to betray the electorate.’ Whilst that is a peculiar quote, I raise it today because when I was thinking about this latest budget I got a real sense of the electorate’s being…

Sport SA

As the opposition spokesperson for sport, recreation and racing, I wish to use my time today to raise awareness about the importance of sport and sporting organisations in our community. Last night I was pleased to attend the Sport SA general meeting; and I thank Sport SA’s CEO Jan Sutherland for the invitation. Sport SA…

Address In Reply

I support the Address in Reply, and I join honourable members in thanking His Excellency the Lieutenant-Governor for opening the second session of the 51st parliament on behalf of Her Excellency the Governor. It was an honour to be part of the sesquicentenary opening of parliament and to celebrate 150 years of responsible government in…

NRM Levy

I wish to use my time today to discuss an issue that is causing much angst amongst Eyre Peninsula communities, that is, the proposal to increase the NRM levy for ratepayers. There has been a groundswell of opposition from the Eyre Peninsula Local Government Association, local councils, and ratepayers in the region, and rightly so.…

Budget Reply 2006

The inventor Thomas Edison once made the wise comment that opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. When I reflect on this latest Rann-Foley budget, I cannot help but think how these words ring true. This is a budget of missed opportunities because the Rann government…