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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Mental Health PMB Federation Chamber

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (11:54): I thank the member for Macquarie for those comments. I do concur with that view that it is difficult to provide all services in regional areas, and, certainly, I represent a large part of Australia. But we must do the best we can, because one in five people across Australia…

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Investment in sport infrastructure to build stronger communities

  Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey encourages local sporting groups in Grey to apply for funding for a national $29.7million program aimed at upgrading community sport infrastructure.   The Community Sport Infrastructure grant program has been launched today by Federal Sports Minister Bridget McKenzie, enabling sport and community organisations to apply for grants up…

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Aged Care PMB

The DEPUTY SPEAKER ( Mr Buchholz ): I just remind honourable members that the member for Franklin was heard in silence. The member for Grey has the call. Mr RAMSEY: They ‘call on the government to be honest with Australians’. I mean, really, that is a bit rich coming from that side of the chamber.…

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Drought Relief

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (10:45): Sadly, there are regions in South Australia that are starting to use the dreaded d-word, ‘drought’. Rainfall has been patchy. For many it’s okay-on my own farm, in fact, it’s okay-without being outstanding, and it hangs in the balance. Unfortunately, though, there are some large areas, particularly on Eyre Peninsula,…

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90 Sec Diabetes

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (13:37): I am currently the co-chair of the Parliamentary Friends of Diabetes-I often say that I’m actually the chair of the enemies of diabetes. We are holding a number of events in the House this week, including announcements today-which I was pleased to attend-by the beverage industry that they are committing…

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CID Aged Care

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (16:41): Let me say thank you, Minister, for the attention you gave the aged-care industry in the budget. You visited my electorate of Grey in the last six months. You accompanied me out to Ceduna, where we visited the aged-care facilities, and to Peterborough, where we have a few issues it…

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90- sec Roxby Downs

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (13:31): On the weekend I visited Roxby Downs for the 10th handover of the Rotary club there. Congratulations to Sandy Sumsion and the team. It’s 30 years since the township of Roxby Downs was set out in the desert plains, 560 kilometres north of Adelaide. The town was established to provide…

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Vale Don Jessop

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (19:45): On Monday I attended the funeral of Don Jessop, who was recognised in this chamber on Tuesday. He was the first Liberal member for Grey and was elected as part of Harold Holt’s historic 1966 landslide victory. Don served just one term in his place-he lost his seat in 1969-but…

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90 Sec Rural Doctor Shortage

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (13:58): Sadly, currently the electorate of Grey is 29 GPs short. They are an essential part of our rural communities, as are the hospitals that they support. Just 18 months ago we were only 19 short, and I am concerned about the direction in which we are heading. A town without…

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90 RFDS

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (16:20): Last Friday night I had the great privilege of attending the 90-year celebration of the Royal Flying Doctor Service in Port Augusta at their hangar at the Port Augusta base. There was great support from the community. There were hundreds of people crammed in the hangar. We had a great…

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PMB Suicide Prevention

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (11:52): I move: That this House: (1) expresses its support for continued trials into suicide prevention in rural and regional Australia; (2) recognises: (a) the huge toll suicide takes on regional communities; (b) that people in regional areas are more likely to take their own lives than those in metropolitan areas;…

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Appropriation Bill

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (16:45): It gives me great pleasure to rise on the Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 2018-2019. I would have to say that I’ve been in this place 10 years now and back in the electorate there is the best response to a budget I’ve ever met. It’s been a tough decade for…

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