Speeches

Adjournment – COVID-19 and Bringing Manufacturing Back

13 May 2020

  I rise tonight to speak regarding the future of this country, the future of my home state of South Australia and the urgent need to address this country’s economic and strategic future in the post-COVID-19 world. In the last two months, the Australian people have been forced to isolate from their family and friends, […]

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Adjournment – Maronite Community of South Australia

25 February 2020

  I rise tonight to speak regarding my attendance at St Maroun’s parish and community hall on Saturday, 15 February, with my friend and state colleague, the member for Elder, Carolyn Power, MP. We were fortunate enough to be invited for a celebration of 41 years of service for Mr Elias Nemer, the Honorary Consul […]

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Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Climate Trigger) Bill 2020

24 February 2020

  I rise this morning to speak against the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Climate Trigger) Bill 2020. This is a bill which purports to introduce a ‘climate trigger’—as it has been described—through a thorough environmental assessment of emissions-intensive activities. But in reality this is nothing more than greenwash and green tape from a […]

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Wine Australia Amendment (Label Directory) Bill 2019

24 February 2020

  I rise this afternoon to speak briefly in support of the Wine Australia Amendment (Label Directory) Bill 2019, and I do so as a proud South Australian. I would argue that my home state of South Australia produces not only the best wine in the country but also, arguably, the best wine in the […]

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Treasury Laws Amendment (Recovering Unpaid Superannuation) Bill 2019

11 February 2020

  I rise this evening to speak in support of the Treasury Laws Amendment (Recovering Unpaid Superannuation) Bill 2019. Having listened to some of the submissions of those on the other side I am once again—would it be putting it too high to suggest this?—flabbergasted by the approach taken by the Australian Labor Party. This […]

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Questions Without Notice – Community Sport Infrastructure Grant Program

10 February 2020

   I take the opportunity to acknowledge Senator Farrell’s kind words there in relation to the Adelaide Crows, which of course is one subject that we can agree on: his passion for that club is shared by me. One thing we can’t agree on, however, is the use of this term ‘sports rorts’. Those across […]

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Motions – Morrison Government Ministerial Standards

06 February 2020

   I might start by expressing my gratitude for Senator Ayres’s contribution this afternoon. I very much enjoyed it. He delivered it very well and, like all great acts of fiction, it entertained me. Much like Homer’s Odyssey, The Grapes of Wrath or Gone with the Wind, it was very much a journey into the land of the untrue. […]

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Bushfire Condolence Motion

04 February 2020

  I rise tonight to lend my voice to this motion to send our condolences to those who have lost homes, property and tragically, in 33 cases across this great nation, their lives. The recent bushfires have hit the nation, and my home state of South Australia, very hard. Areas such as Cudlee Creek, Lobethal, […]

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