Firearms Bill – Second Reading Summation

I echo the words of the Hon. Robert Brokenshire. This has been a particularly difficult issue, especially coming from the eyes of someone who is always concerned that legitimate firearms owners are normally, almost, the target of any change to legislation when, in fact, the intention should always be to punish the bad guys and…

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Firearms Bill – Second Reading

I rise on behalf of the Liberal opposition to speak to the Firearms Bill. At the outset, I acknowledge the hard work of the member for Morialta in another place as our shadow minister for police in putting together all the opposition's amendments and the Liberal Party's position in regard to this bill. Mr Gardner,…

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Reclink Australia Motion

I rise on behalf of the opposition to briefly comment on the motion moved by the Hon. Ms Franks on 14 October, namely that this council recognises that Reclink Australia has been outstanding in delivering sport, recreation and arts participation opportunities to some of the community's most vulnerable and isolated people, at risk youth and…

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The National Indigenous Times Motion

The Hon. Tammy Franks, on 18 March, introduced a private member's motion: That this council notes— 1. The immense contribution of The National Indigenous Times as a powerful voice for Australia's First Peoples; 2. The investment made by the founders of The National Indigenous Times, John and Beverley Rowsthorne; 3. The National Indigenous Times' record…

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State of the State

I rise today to talk on the current state of affairs within the South Australian body politic. Current economic indicators show that the once great province of South Australia now lags behind all other Australian states in terms of unemployment and business confidence, and there is no relief in sight. To date, the Rann/Weatherill Labor…

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Police (Return to Work) Amendment Bill

I rise to make sure that my position on this particular bill is recorded, and I congratulate the Hon. Robert Brokenshire for bringing it forward and thank the Hon. Rob Lucas for outlining the Liberal Party's position quite strongly. I am very proud of our position with regard to our police because, like the Liberal…

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Marriage Equality Motion

I do not support the motion. Marriage is a matter for the commonwealth and, although similarly to the Irish situation, the Australian people will have a say through a plebiscite, I do not think congratulation is needed. The Irish marriage law is a matter for Irish people under the Irish constitution, and Australian marriage law…

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