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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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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