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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Matthew Cowdrey Motion

On behalf of Liberal members, it is with a great deal of pride that I rise to support the motion. Paralympic swimmer Matthew Cowdrey has been an outstanding athlete and, on his retirement, we would like to note that, in fact, he won 11 gold medals across three Paralympic Games (those being in 2004, 2008…

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Matter of Interest – TRSA Awards

Recently I had the privilege of attending the annual industry awards of Thoroughbred Racing South Australia. This gala evening recognised the talent of the sport's high achievers and also inducted an outstanding racehorse into the South Australian Racing Horse Hall of Fame. I would like to acknowledge a few of the human and equine award…

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Appropriation Bill

 I rise to speak to the Appropriation Bill 2015, more commonly known as the budget that the Treasurer handed down on 18 June in another place with much fanfare and self-praise. The Treasurer talked a lot about the government's so-called tax reform, saying that it will create jobs. A tax reform cannot create jobs: business…

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Matter of Interest – Federal Budget

I rise today to add further comments to those I made back in May on the positives of the federal budget handed down earlier this year. The commonwealth Coalition government has handed down a good and wise budget, a budget that does not make massive cuts to essential services, but in fact has sustainable savings…

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