Schoool Visit Program

I think a trip to Canberra would be good for all Australians. It’s no great secret that sometimes they wonder what we do in this place—and perhaps this morning I’ve even wondered that myself—but all those people who do visit Canberra come away from a visit to Parliament House with a better idea of what…

International Day of People with Disability

Today is International Day of People with Disability, a United Nations sanctioned day which aims to increase awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability, while also celebrating their achievements and contributions. It’s also a significant day for the National Disability Insurance Agency as it continues to deliver the world-leading NDIS, a scheme providing Australians…

Yorke Peninsula Fires

It certainly has been a vigorous start to the fire season in Australia, and, while in South Australia we haven’t suffered fires of the colossal size of those in the eastern states, we’ve certainly had our own touches. It started back on 11 November in Port Lincoln—sadly, in an area that has seen a number…

Riesling Trail

The Clare Valley is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful regions in South Australia, if not Australia. A couple of weeks ago I was there to commemorate the completion of and to open the Riesling Trail. The railway in the Clare Valley served the Clare Valley for 66 years from 1918 through to 1984 and,…

NBN SkyMuster

It is interesting to listen to the member for Gilmore and her very negative outlook on the world, I must say, as she leaves the chamber. Towards the end of her speech, she rounded on the satellite service, saying it was second-rate and substandard. It was interesting because my opening remarks were going to be…

Roxby Downs Carols

On Saturday night, I had the great pleasure of attending the Roxby Downs carols night. There were probably 250 or 300 people on the town oval. Well done to Theresa Bunyon, Ben Vandeleur and Alan Stewart, for putting all of that together. There were some terrific performances from a young lady called Codey Napper, who…

Diabetes Speech

  Mr RAMSEY (Grey—Government Whip) (11:26): I thank the member for Werriwa for moving this motion this morning that marks international diabetes day on 14 November. It’s no surprise to members of this House that I and the member for Moreton are the co-chairs of the ‘parliamentary enemies of diabetes’. I’ve got to say that…