Aviation Transport Security Amendment Bill 2018

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (10:42): It does give me great pleasure to rise to speak on the Aviation Transport Security Amendment Bill 2018, because it addresses some issues that I had raised with the minister and in the party room about the impact of the security rearrangements-the toughening of security-at regional airports across Australia, which, I…

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Drought- Burra Eudunda

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (16:20): About a week ago, I took the opportunity to visit a region out to the east of Burra in my electorate, to Eudunda, which is severely affected by the current dry conditions of the drought. I toured with some young farmers and had a look at the properties out there.…

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Aged Care

  Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (17:11): I rise to speak on the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission Bill 2018 and the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2018. Aged care is not always perfect, but it is our job here to make it as near to perfect as…

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Live Animal Export

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (11:41 I rise to speak on the Inspector-General of Animal Welfare and Live Animal Exports Bill 2018, this private member’s bill by the member for Hunter. It seems to me that, in so much of our political conversation in Australia, conversations taking place are often mired in misinformation. Certainly, so it…

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90 Sec Cashless Debit Card

Last week I was mightily relieved and very pleased that the Senate passed the legislation taking the cashless debit card trial to Bundaberg. Of course, the first community in Australia to embark down this path was Ceduna in my electorate, latterly joined by the East Kimberley and then the Goldfields around Kalgoorlie. It is very…

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Grievance Debate Rural Doctor Shortage

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (19:11): Thank you very much, Mr Deputy Speaker. I know you hail from Port Augusta and you understand the electorate very well. We have a crisis in rural Australia, particularly in South Australia and in my electorate, in the provision of doctors in rural areas. I have a history in rural…

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Mobile Black Spots PMB

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (18:13): I’m very pleased to hear the member for Macquarie make such an impassioned plea about mobile stations, and I’m sure we will hear before the next election about Labor’s commitment to building more mobile stations in black spots. They never have before. Not one cent has ever come from a…

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Veteran’s Entitlements Amendments Bill

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (12:26): To cut to the chase, no, I don’t support the amendment. But I do support the bill that is before the House, which is on variations to veterans’ entitlements, the Veterans’ Entitlements Amendment Bill 2018. It is a relatively simple bill, correcting a drafting oversight that occurred back in 2005-that…

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PMB Infrastructure

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (17:43): The Australian government is committed to investing an unprecedented $75 billion in transport infrastructure across Australia over the next 10 years. It’s because we know that infrastructure matters and, as a key ingredient of our modern life, it affects the competitiveness of every business in Australia. It gets food to…

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90 Sec Clare Valley Cuisine

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (13:49): The recent South Australian redistribution has added an extra 5,000 square kilometres or 18,000 voters to the electorate of Grey. While increasing my workload, I’m looking forward to the opportunity to represent the remarkable Clare and Gilbert valleys and the Adelaide Plains. Clare Valley Cuisine is a vibrant group in…

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Constituency Statement Drought in SA

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (16:38): There has been a lot of focus-quite rightly-on the drought across Australia and particularly in the eastern states, but I must report that there are also patches of South Australia, particularly in my electorate of Grey, that are badly affected. A couple of weeks ago I held a forum in…

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MPI Energy

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (16:23): This matter of public importance today focuses on ‘The Government’s chaos and division on energy policy which is forcing Australians to pay higher power prices’. But they’re not paying higher power prices, actually; power prices are receding. Let me give you the numbers. In South Australia, we have provided an…

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90 sec Clontarf Foundation

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (16:29): I welcome the announcement by the South Australian Premier, Steven Marshall, that South Australia is to establish four Clontarf academies in the state-three in my electorate. I became interested in the work being done with young Indigenous boys by Clontarf in 2013 when I first met Gerard Neesham, the inaugural…

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Vietnam Veteran’s Day Whyalla

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (13:58): Lieutenant Richard John ‘Rick’ Abraham was born and raised in Whyalla. He attended Whyalla Memorial Oval Primary School and later Whyalla High. He apprenticed as and became a professional photographer. As a 20-year-old, he was called up for national service but declared medically unfit because he had a plate in…

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Adjournment Debate Energy

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (15:48): One would read into the wording of this matter of public importance today-which is ‘The division in the government over its energy policy’-that the Labor Party, of course, doesn’t have any division on major issues. I welcome the fact that my party is able to discuss things in a robust…

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Motion Thai Cave Rescue

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (11:13): I commend the member for Makin on those comments. I also rise today to support the member for Forrest, whose motion I wholeheartedly concur with. It is at times of great adversity that we’re reminded of the true selflessness and compassion of the human race, and that was the case…

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90 sec Drought Forum

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (13:46): It comes as no surprise to members of this House that there is a drought gripping most of Australia. A lot of publicity and attention has quite rightly been on eastern Australia, New South Wales and Queensland, but it is my melancholy duty to inform you that it also affects…

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Gas Crisis Federation Chamber

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (11:18): Thank you very much, Mr Deputy Speaker. I’m very pleased that the member for Bruce has finally discovered that there is a connection between viable manufacturing industries and low energy prices, low energy costs, low input costs, and that we run the risk of exporting all our manufacturing industries and…

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