Economy

Mr RAMSEY (Grey—Government Whip) (13:37): There is no doubt that Australia has been going through one of the toughest economic times we’ve seen, certainly since the Second World War and possibly since the Depression. So it was delightful news yesterday when the RBA made a statement to Senate estimates that they believe Australia has come out…

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Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 2020-2021, Appropriation Bill (No. 2) 2020-2021, Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Bill (No. 1) 2020-2021

Mr RAMSEY (Grey—Government Whip) (19:24): The 2020-21 federal budget is totally focused on getting Australians back to work. It will provide a huge boost right across the nation and certainly it will do so in the electorate of Grey. I’m very grateful for the investments that are being made there. It’s an extraordinary budget for extraordinary…

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South Australia: 2020 Spirit of Excellence in Agriculture Awards

Mr RAMSEY (Grey—Government Whip) (19:46): Last Friday night, I had the honour of attending the South Australian Spirit of Excellence in Agriculture Awards, hosted by the Agricultural Bureau of South Australia and attended by the new South Australian minister for agriculture, David Basham, and also by the member for MacKillop, Nick McBride, and the Labor member…

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Recycling and Waste Reduction Bill 2020, Recycling and Waste Reduction (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2020, Recycling and Waste Reduction Charges (General) Bill 2020, Recycling and Waste Reduction Charges (Customs) Bill 2020, Recycling and Waste Reduction Charges (Excise) Bill 20

Mr RAMSEY (Grey—Government Whip) (12:42): I speak to the motion, and let me say that recycling is the buzzword and so it should be. The world has finite resources. Recycling is imperative for the environment. Recycling is imperative for the world’s resources. And I hope that recycling will become lucrative for regional communities, because I think…

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NDIS Private Member’s Motion

Mr RAMSEY (Grey—Government Whip) (11:54): The NDIS, like every other arm of government, should be open to sunlight. It should be clear and transparent and we should understand what is going on within the NDIS. It’s interesting that this motion put forward by the member for Maribyrnong comes only a short while after the member for…

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Clare Valley Wine Awards 90 second speech

Mr RAMSEY ( Grey — Government Whip ) ( 16:21 ): It’s been a tough year for grape producers in the electorate of Grey. They’ve battled a drought that affected them with low yields, but it has led to extremely high-quality wines. Due to the COVID crisis, the global distribution chain has broken down, cellar doors are closed and airline businesses have wound…

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Aviation Industry PRIVATE MEMBERS’ BUSINESS

Mr RAMSEY (Grey—Government Whip) (11:17): I’m a bit bemused by this motion actually, but I thank the member for Ballarat for putting it forward. In fact, I did wonder when it was written because it calls for the government to immediately intervene in the administration of Virgin. Well, we’ve seen that the government actually held its…

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LPG Labelling Private Member’s Motion

Mr RAMSEY (Grey—Government Whip) (18:18): I move: That this House: (1) recognises that: (a) Patrick Ryan, aged 16 years, from Port Lincoln South Australia died in February 2020 at a party with friends as a result of inhaling Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) from a barbecue gas bottle; (b) a number of young Australians have died from…

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Social Policy and Legal Affairs Committee Report

Mr RAMSEY (Grey—Government Whip) (11:01): This inquiry into COVID-19 and its effects on homelessness was requested by Minister Ruston and Assistant Minister Howarth, and it’s been a very interesting inquiry, I must say. It’s certainly been quite a large one. In fact, this is just the interim report. The committee is yet to reach any conclusions…

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Agricultural Field Days CONSTITUENCY STATEMENTS

Mr RAMSEY (Grey—Government Whip) (11:40): About five or six weeks ago, the federal government announced support for country rural shows to compensate for the fact that virtually all of them have been cancelled this year due to COVID, and they have ongoing expenses, whether it be insurance, water or electricity. They are able to retrospectively claim…

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Budget 2020

Mr RAMSEY (Grey—Government Whip) (13:35): There’s been some rain in South Australia. It’s my duty to tell the chamber today that the Strzelecki Track is cut. That is the road between Lyndhurst and Innamincka, 472 kilometres of dirt. It’s the only dirt stretch between Adelaide and Brisbane. But there is good news, because there was $100…

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headspace Statement by Member

Mr RAMSEY (Grey—Government Whip) (13:40): Next Thursday will mark the official opening of the Port Lincoln headspace. It actually opened its doors on 1 July, so we’ve been a bit slow, but on Thursday we’ll be recognising the fact that they’re up and open for business. It’s been quite a process to get it in place.…

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Constituency Statement COVID-19: Parliamentary Procedure

Mr RAMSEY (Grey—Government Whip) (16:21): We are certainly living in challenging times. The COVID virus is not only challenging Australia economically and in a health sense but also challenging this parliament. I say to the government and to the opposition, ‘Well done,’ for making the necessary adjustments to the parliamentary program that enable us at this…

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Carapateena

Mr RAMSEY (Grey—Government Whip) (13:43): I apologise to OZ Minerals. Last Friday, they invited me to participate in an on-site inspection of Carrapateena, their newest mine, which is in the eastern portion of the Gawler Craton. OZ Minerals has operated for close to 20 years at Prominent Hill, a mine that has gone 10 years past…

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Grocery Prices

Mr RAMSEY (Grey—Government Whip) (10:59): Today I’m very pleased to hear the news that Minister Littleproud and Minister Frydenberg have announced an inquiry by the ACCC into the supply chain costs of fresh food, or perishable food, into our supermarkets. It is quite right that on one hand we applaud the fact that we have a…

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Cashless Debit Card

Mr RAMSEY (Grey—Government Whip) (19:55): I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate the Prime Minister and the cabinet on the way they’ve dealt with the COVID-19 virus right from the very start when they closed the borders with China, to some controversy at the time. As I travel around my electorate, the support for the…

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Schools-led Cattle and Goat Competition

Mr RAMSEY (Grey—Government Whip) (13:38): Last week I had the honour of judging the grand parade of the schools-led cattle and goat competition held at Kadina. It was the first ever, and the reason it was the first ever is that normally these children would exhibit at the Adelaide show. Of course the Royal Adelaide Show…

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Hydrogen Energy

Mr RAMSEY (Grey—Government Whip) (17:51): Green hydrogen offers great hope, not just for Australia but for the world, when it comes to the task of the transformation of our energy network—the shift from fossil fuel to renewables. Sitting suspended from 17:51 to 17:56 Mr RAMSEY: As I was saying, the important thing about transition is that the price of the renewable…

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