Hazardous Waste Bill

Mr RAMSEY (Grey—Government Whip) (10:44): I disagree with the amendment and I support the Hazardous Waste (Regulation of Exports and Imports) Amendment Bill 2021, unsurprisingly. I have been around for a while—but I haven’t been around forever—and when I was a child, you’d go to the hardware store, you’d grab a paper bag and you’d grab…

National Radioactive Waste Facilty

Mr RAMSEY (Grey—Government Whip) (11:17): Yesterday I made a 90-second statement in the main chamber congratulating those involved in passing the national radioactive waste management bill through the Senate on Monday night, but I was cut a bit short—it was a 90-second statement—and there are a few other people who I’d like to cover off on…

Working Holiday Maker Visa

Mr RAMSEY (Grey—Government Whip) (12:25): I was very pleased when Minister Hawke announced on Tuesday some variation to the Working Holiday Maker program and some additions to the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List. The shortage of skilled and unskilled labour in my electorate is absolutely acute. It seems to be acute right across Australia. I guess…

National Radioactive Waste Facility

Mr RAMSEY (Grey—Government Whip) (13:40): It is six years ago, plus a month or so, since I first raised the possibility of my home town, even my home paddock, hosting the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility. On Monday night in the Senate we made a great step towards this possible outcome. I thank my colleagues on…

Regional Australia

Mr RAMSEY (Grey—Government Whip) (16:07): Like the member for Barker, I am somewhat bemused about the subject matter that has been brought before us in this MPI. Last week we heard a couple of outbursts from the member for Franklin about mouse plagues and, again, she has brought mouse plagues into this MPI today. I thought…

Child Care

Mr RAMSEY (Grey—Government Whip) (16:03): On one hand I am surprised at this MPI motion today but on the other hand I am not. I’ve been here a while and I remember what it’s like in opposition and how hard it is to score a point when things are going well for the government. That was…

Fuel Security

Mr RAMSEY (Grey—Government Whip) (10:33): I do disagree with the amendments and support the motion as put forward by the minister. There is a lot of excitement and discussion around Australia at the moment—certainly where I come from—about hydrogen, about the possibilities of a hydrogen production platform, about electric cars. As the shadow minister was speaking…

Mortlock Shield

Mr RAMSEY (Grey—Government Whip) (13:37): On Saturday I had the great pleasure of attending the Mortlock Shield on Eyre Peninsula. It started in 1936, so this is the 75th year—with interruptions for World War II and, last year, COVID. It is the longest-running regional Australian Rules football competition, not in Australia but in the world. Just…

Truth in Labelling Plant Based products

Mr RAMSEY (Grey—Government Whip) (17:34): Increasingly we are seeing synthetic things—made mainly from oil—being passed off as vegan leather and fleece and we are seeing laboratory grown or plant based products being labelled as meat, beef, vegan sausages, hamburgers and even vegan bacon, for goodness sake. These claims are not true. They are misleading. It’s time…

Renewable Enery

Mr RAMSEY (Grey—Government Whip) (18:55): I’m addressing the Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction, who knows my electorate well. I come from South Australia, and he would know that 60 per cent of South Australia’s electricity last year came from renewable energy, which is quite an achievement. In fact, there has been huge investment across South…