Matter of Interest: South Australian Economy

 I rise to make a few comments on the South Australian economy, and in particular the government's handling of it. In an excellent opinion piece in last Tuesday's Advertiser, the Commonwealth Minister for Finance, one of the Coalition Government's shining lights, Senator the Hon. Mathias Cormann, stated some home truths for the people of South Australia. His comments relate…

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Budget Measures Bill 2014

I acknowledge that the opposition supports the bill; however, just not in its current form. It is my understanding that amendments will be introduced at a later stage, and it is the reasoning for those amendments that I largely wish to talk about now. Whilst it is somewhat unusual for this place to recommend amendments…

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Appropriation Bill 2014

I rise to make some comment on the Appropriation Bill which, as promised by the opposition, passed the other place unfettered, as I predict it will here. Despite the predictable scaremongering from the Treasurer that we planned on blocking supply, no such thing occurred. However, the opposition does have a few concerns with the budget—in fact,…

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Matter of Interest – State Budget

I rise to make a few comments on the impending budget tomorrow. A few weeks ago in this place, I touched on the need for the government to cut spending and red tape in order to encourage economic growth. There, of course, is another benefit to cutting spending: getting the budget back in the black…

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Address in Reply

I rise to support the motion. At the outset I congratulate the Governor and Mrs Scarce on the way they conduct themselves at all times and represent the people of South Australia. I am incredibly proud of the work they do and, as I said in a previous speech, I rarely congratulate the former premier…

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Matter of Interest – South Australian Economy

I wish to speak today about the dire state of the South Australian economy. Everyone in this place would be aware that the Liberal Party ran on a platform of reinvigorating the economy through a combination of tax cuts and lowering government spending. Unfortunately, the election result, while close, did not see a change of…

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Motor Vehicles (Driver Licensing) Amendment Bill

I rise on behalf of the opposition to speak on this bill. As outlined previously by the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation, this bill amends the Motor Vehicles Act to enable the minister to exempt remote Aboriginal communities, initially the APY and MT peoples, from the onerous licensing regulations. The opposition believes this to…

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