Speeches

Reconciliation SA 2021

I rise today to speak on the recent annual Apology Breakfast, hosted by Reconciliation SA at the Adelaide Convention Centre on 12 February. This breakfast was held to commemorate the 13th anniversary of the National Apology by the Australian parliament on 13 February 2008 to Australia’s First Nations people and, in particular, the stolen generations.…

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Cherry Gardens and Clarendon Bushfires 2021

I rise today to speak on the recent Cherry Gardens and Clarendon bushfires and to recognise and thank the emergency services personnel for their continued contribution to keeping South Australia safe. Whilst I will not be passing comment or judgement on how the fires started, we are continually reminded of the extensive risks posed by…

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Rural and Regional South Australia 2020

I rise today to speak to the prosperity and sustainability of rural and regional South Australia and the people who live in those communities. Many aspects of my speech have been raised by honourable members in this house previously, such as economic stimulus, disaster prevention and relief, mental health and suicide prevention, etc.; however, I…

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Purple Poppy Day Motion

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…

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Battle of Coral-Balmoral Motion

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,…

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RAAF Base Edinburgh Air Show

 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…

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Tauto Sansbury Condolence Motion

 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…

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