Victoria Park Redevelopment

As Opposition spokesperson for Sport, Recreation & Racing, I would like to use my time today to reflect on the future of Victoria Park. I have to say I’m left scratching my head when I think about the Rann Government’s current stance on Victoria Park – because I know how many Government Members previously supported…

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Victoria Park

I wish to use my time today as opposition spokesman for racing to discuss the extraordinary saga that has been the Victoria Park redevelopment proposal. Members are well aware that the newly elected Adelaide City Council has made a decision to reject a lease for the project. Let me firstly back up the comments of…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Matter of Interest – Drugs in Sport (AFL)

Today I rise to discuss the drug scandals that have recently affected AFL football. There is now a significant time-line of drug scandals in the AFL leading up to the major headline at the moment involving Ben Cousins and the West Coast Eagles. As Liberal spokesman for sport, recreation and racing, I have a keen…

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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.…

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